CALTANISSETTA ETNA


10 May 2018
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Thursday
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169 km
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CALTANISSETTA

Caltanissetta – the nineth largest city in Sicily in terms of inhabitants – stands in an important position dominating the whole valley of the Salso, which even includes the near-by city of Enna. Its origins are uncertain, possibly Sicans founded it. Its name dates back to the Arabs who conquered Sicily in the IX century.

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GALLERY

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FOOD

Pasta “‘ncaciata” (with cauliflower and sausage), Pasta “ccu i mazzareddi” (pasta with a vegetable sauce); Pollo alla nissena (chicken with onions and caciocavallo cheese); Rollò (sponge cake roll with a ricotta filling); Torrone di Caltanissetta (nougat).

WINE

Ansonica (Insolia), Chardonnay (white), Merlot, Nero d’Avola, Syrah (red); Vittoria, Contea di Sclafani and Riesi (local Doc wines); Docg Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

MAIN SIGHTS

Duomo di Santa Maria la Nova (16th-17th century), Abbazia di Santo Spirito (12th century), archaeological sites (Palmintelli, Sabucina, Gibil Gabib), Sant’Agata al Collegio (17th century), Museo Diocesano, Galleria Civica d’Arte di Palazzo Moncada (art gallery, 17th century), Museo Mineralogico Paleontologico e delle Zolfare (Museum of mineralogy and paleontology), the Rai transmitter system (and the adjacent agricultural and ethnographic park).

Population: 62,000

Foundation: Greek age

Ancient name: Caltanixettum

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