Lat: 37° 52' 45.66553" N - Long: 14° 56' 59.49806" E
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Randazzo rises 765 m above sea level, on a prehistoric lava eroded by the waters of the Alcantara river.
It is the closest municipality to the central crater of Etna (about 15 km).
The current town has a purely medieval origin, and gained importance in the swabian and aragonese periods.
The most different civilizations were encountered in its territory: greeks, romans, byzantines, jews, arabs, normans, aragonese, who left traces of high documentary and artistic value.
It seems that Randazzo was inhabited before the greek colonies.
There are also remains of inhabited agglomerations of the arab domination; the building of the equipped garrison and of the walls dates back to the norman period.
Randazzo became a state town of the Demone Valley and was given the nickname "Plaena" by Frederick II in the Parliament of Messina in the year 1233.
The town has almost entirely preserved its medieval appearance, having always been spared by the volcano; an attentive eye can see mullioned windows and other purely medieval architectural details set in its palaces.
An almost poetic foreshortening is offered by the "via degli archi", in which one strolls beneath romantic medieval arches.
Among the monuments of artistic interest there is the Royal Palace, built under the last norman kings, and in which Giovanna Plantageneto, Costanza d'Altavilla, Emperor Henry VI and their son Frederick II, Stupor Mundi, stayed.
The whole aragonese court also stayed with Giovanni and Federico III, and also Carlo V.
Do not miss the "Paolo Vagliasindi" Archaeological Museum, with some of the most important collections in Sicily; the Civic Museum of Natural Sciences, with an incredible ornithological collection composed of about 2250 specimens and a naturalistic collection composed of fossils, minerals, rocks and shells found in Sicily.
The Sciarone Multipurpose Park is located at a short distance from the center and is immersed in the Etna Park; inside this area there is also a picnic area with cooking points, drinking water and toilets.
Today we discover...
Church St Nicola
The most seventeenth-century façade in Sicily
Chiesa San Nicola di Trecastagni
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