Lat: 37° 59' 11.39796" N - Long: 13° 41' 45.14717" E
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The name Termini Imerese refers both to the hot springs, used since remote times up to the present day, and to the link with the mother town: the ancient Himera; in fact, when it was destroyed in 408 BC, its inhabitants settled in this place where the new town was built.
It was particularly prosperous in Roman times.
The lower part, more recent, is closely linked to the important port; the upper part is the oldest and most interesting from the monumental and archaeological point of view.
Walking through the "Paolo Balsamo" street, which rises from the spa towards the upper town, you can see a cave called "Riparo del Castello" in the rock wall, in which artifacts from various eras have been found starting from prehistoric times.
A little further you can see the remains of a Roman building.
It is particularly interesting the area that from the Cathedral includes the cliff of the castle and arrives at the municipal villa "Palmeri", also not to be missed.
In addition to several points with breathtaking views of both the mountains and the Sicilian coast, there is the interesting archaeological museum, the remains of other Roman buildings including an amphitheater, the third known in Sicily with Catania's and Syracuse's one, and also the fifteenth-century church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, wich has a beautiful portal and decorations of great value.
Today we discover...
An impregnable fortress where the Temple of Venus stood
Castello di Venere
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