Morgantina and Aidone, Sicily (June, 2013)

On this very cold weekend in the Midwest I thought I’d post some photos from the hottest place I visited in Sicily last spring (Morgantina) and the delightful little town (Aidone) whose archaeological museum houses some of its remains.

Morgantina is southeast of Enna and a short drive from the Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina (I’ll post some photos of its fantastic mosaics soon). Although this time the site felt like the inside of an oven, on cooler days it’s well worth a visit. (But bring water just in case.) The city dates back to the late Bronze Age but moved to its current location in the 5th century BCE. Changing hands several times in the many wars of the following centuries, the town lasted until the first century CE. Excavations have been going on for quite a while now so there’s plenty to see.

Morgantina (061913)

Morgantina with Etna barely visible in the distance.

The North Baths at Morgantina

The North Baths at Morgantina

The 3rd century BCE Casa Pappalardo at Morgantina

The 3rd century BCE Casa Pappalardo at Morgantina

View of the Agora, Morgantina

View of the agora, Morgantina

Another view of the agora at Morgantina

Another view of the agora at Morgantina

The museum in Aidone is well worth seeing:

The spectacular Goddess of Morgantina recently returned from the Getty

The spectacular Goddess of Morgantina recently returned from the Getty

This statue, by the way, is widely considered one of Sicily’s greatest works of art (and, thanks to a new travel ban, it won’t be leaving the island any time soon). It’s reason enough to visit Aidone but the museum houses much more, including:

I'm not sure why there's a juicer in the museum but it's a brilliant addition.

I’m not sure why there’s a juicer in the museum but it’s a brilliant addition.

For additional refreshments, visit the charming Piazzetta del Museo next door:

La Piazzette del Museo, Aidone

La Piazzette del Museo, Aidone

Coffee, Aidone (061913)

They also serve gelato…

Morgantina again (took this back in early spring, 2005)

Morgantina again (took this back in early spring, 2005)

There are also some nice websites concerning the archaeological site and associated museum:

Morgantina and the Return of the Goddess (in Italian but one of the videos has English subtitles);

The Goddess of Morgantina (lots of information about the site and the museum; in Italian);

Morgantina (an English site about the American excavations with a link to an Italian film about the Goddess of Morgantina).

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One Response to Morgantina and Aidone, Sicily (June, 2013)

  1. Nancy Martin says:

    . . . I could leave today, Italy-dreaming on such a Winter’s day. Apologies to Mamas and Papas.

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