The history of the city of Piazza (Armerina was assistant in 1862) it has beginning in the Norman period...
but its territory was inhabited since the prehistory, as they shows the archaeological recoveries of Mountain Navone and, above all, of Mountain of March. The city had to be flourishing in Roman epoch, as is testified from the splendid “Villa Romana del Casale” of the beginning of the IV century, with its floors in mosaic famous all over the world. During the centuries has suffered alternate stories, but has often developed political roles of prestige and her cultural and economic life she has always been particularly active, so much to bring upon themselves the appellative of "opulent city" from the emperor Charles V.
Piazza Armerina (721 meters.u.s.l. - ab. 22.000 ca.) it is an ideal city for the one who wants to spend a pleasant vacation to the insignia of the relax and the culture. It is, in fact, a happy match between the work of the nature and the intervention of the man. Around 20.000 hectares of greens and luxuriant woods they mitigate the climate of it during the warm summer days and ideal places of vacation. She is also an interesting city of art and its numerous monuments represent an inestimable cultural patrimony.The most important event is the Palio of the Norman ones, that has developed him since 12 to the 14 of August. The first day the big judge unthreads in procession for the streets of the city, bringing with itself a turned on lamp, that will deposit in the cathedral to the feet of the Banner of the Madonna of the Victoria, in sign of thankfulness and devotion toward the Madonna. The afternoon of August 13, young riders, noble and dames, stir in procession, every from her own district of affiliation, along the narrow and tortuous streets of ancient basalt of the historical center, among the warm embrace of the crowd, to reach the plan of the Cathedral, will make where free to the Count Roger and to her troops, assuring him fidelity and delivering him the keys of the City, to seal of their intents. They represents the historical districts of Piazza Armerina: Monti, Casalotto, Canali and Castellina. The following day to the field sporting S. Ippolito the representative riders the four districts of Piazza Armerina will give life to the so-called one "quintana", the folk part of the demonstration. The riders are challenged in tests of ability and dexterity, to whose overcoming is attributed a score. It wins, naturally, the team that totals more points. The awarding consists of submitting to the victorious riders, for one year, the famous banner represent S.Mary of the Victorys, that she will be preserved near the parish of the winning district.