The old Italian settlement of Centuripe, which is situated at an elevation of around 2395 feet, has the remarkable appearance of a human being or a starfish when seen from above.
With a population of little over 5,000, Centuripe is a tiny Sicilian village near Mount Etna, an active stratovolcano, in the Italian province of Enna.
The area has been inhabited since prehistoric time, but it was the ancient Greeks that laid the foundation of this settlement, named Kentoripa. At that time, the town had been ruled by the Romans, Arabs, Normans, and finally the Angevins.
In the 16th century, the village was rebuilt under the name of Centorbi and it almost kept the urban planning style from the medieval period. Its name was formally changed to Centuripe in the 19th century. For individuals who enjoy learning about history, the village and its surroundings have today become popular tourist destinations.
The settlement of Centuripe is regarded by archaeologists as a “gem” because of its lengthy history. This community has a wealth of intriguing sights that are just waiting to be discovered. One such instance is the archeological museum, which also houses significant and rare statues of the two Emperors Hadrian and Octavianus Augustus in addition to the largest collection of Romans discovered in central Sicily.
In addition, there are two historic bridges a few miles from the village’s core. One of them is a Roman bridge, located on an important route connecting Catania with the Tyrrhenian coast along the Simeto River. The Saracen bridge nearest to the town of Adrano is the other. The Roman thermal baths at Contrada Bagni are another attraction, and Corradino castle is just a short distance away.
With sites like Monte Porcello, a Greek-Hellenistic settlement, Sorgiva Bagni, a Roman spa, Vallone Defesa, the site of an ancient gymnasium, La Dogana, a fountain-cistern from the Roman-imperial era, Castellaccio, the remnants of a medieval castle, District Difesa, sizable ceramic kilns, and Panneria, a Roman house, visitors to this unusual “
H/T: Daily Mail Online
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