Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Small in size but large in culture, Militello in Val di Catania is a quaint village whose origins date back to the Copper Age. Having been inhabited since ancient times by a variety of people, the town is steeped in history that has brewed over the course of centuries. Militello is known as “The Florence of Iblei” due to its many churches, palaces, and monasteries. During its earliest existence in the Norman age, Militello was a casale – an isolated group of houses in the countryside. The area was passed down through inheritances until 1337, during which the king of Sicily – Peter II of Aragon – allowed the leader of the time permission to surround the city with walls and build a castle, making it a part of the kingdom of Sicily. Throughout these centuries incredible buildings were constructed, including public gathering places, churches, administrative buildings and more. In fact, Sicily’s first ever printing house was established in Militello. Today, travelers can still see many of the beautiful buildings that line the streets of this once ancient town. When visiting Militello in Val di Catania, travelers can soak up the centuries of rich history throughout the area. You can visit the Museum of San Nicolò – home to a collection of religious wardrobe and jewelry pieces of the 17th and 18th century, or see the 17th century Benedictine Monastery turned modern-day town hall. You can also enjoy the local festivals and admire the vast architecture of the city. This hilly jewel will make you fall in love with original Sicilian culture and never wanna leave!