MILITELLO

That city that the Romans with their ancient language called Militum tellus, that is the land of soldiers, today stretches out on the last crags of the Hyblaean Mountains, of which it is the last outpost that faces the underlying Piana di Catania, waiting new conquerors. Prevented from the tourist traditions, at the same time known for having given birth to the well-known TV presenter Pippo Baudo, Militello presents all the attractions to guarantee the traveler a particularly interesting stay. The quiet of its countryside, the Baroque palaces, the churches, the works of art, the religious traditions, then the climate, the healthy air described by the historian Pietro Carrera as a welcome requirement that the Roman soldiers appreciated towards those places, where to rest from the labors of war with Syracuse. The origins of Militello, already in Val di Noto until 1862, although not based on documentable sources, attest to evident evidence of Neolithic, Sicilian and Greek civilization. According to tradition, it is reported that its founders were legionaries engaged in the siege of Syracuse in 214 BC, this circumstance would explain the city's name. In fact, it seems that the first urban nucleus arose in the Byzantine age, in the valley of the Lembasi river, south of the present inhabited area. A certain chronological reconstruction of the city begins with the advent of the Normans, when Militellum, named as early as 1082 by a privilege of Count Roger. It began to have a stable lordship from 1286 the Militello farmhouse, with that of the Cammerata, followed by the Barresi (1308-1571) which became a marquisate in 1564, ending at the Branciforte, in their possession until 1812, when feudalism was abolished, this land nicknamed Bellicosa in the time of Charles V of Habsburg.

The evident peculiarity of Militello, in the artistic and monumental field, is the baroque. Little publicized compared to that of Noto, the militello baroque constitutes an interesting asset to be valued. Here, the perfect models of this architecture, thanks to the indigenous workers, the so-called lapidum incisores, have been able to raise to great dignity, working the local limestone called S. Barbara, with a particular brightness. In light of this priceless artistic-architectural heritage, from June 28, 2002 Militello is included in the UNESCO list.

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