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Militello in Val di Catania

Militello in Val di Catania is a comune in the province of Catania in the Italian region Sicily, located about 160km southeast of Palermo and about 35km southwest of Catania, on the last slopes of the Iblean Mountains. It has a railways station on the line Catania-Gela.HistoryDespite remains of prehistorical settlements and legends of a Roman foundation, the first mention of Militello dates from 1000 AD, when it became a marquisate under the Cammarana.The golden age of Militello was during the early 17th century, under the government of Prince Francesco Branciforte. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, but the subsequent restoration added numerous architectural and artistic works of art.Main sightsTogether with other cities of the Val di Noto, Militello has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. Its main artistical attractions include:ChurchesMother Church of San Nicolò and Santissimo Salvatore Santa Maria la Vetere, with a 1506 portal by Antonello GaginiMadonna della Catena, with a 16th-century nicheAbbey of San Benedetto Sant'Antonio da Padova, with a bell tower from 1719Santa Maria della Stella Santissimi Angeli Custodi'' late 18th century, with a precious ceramics pavement
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