The “Rocca of Cerere” in Enna
The ancient cult of the goddess of the harvest
«We saw then isolated the back of the mountain on which is Castro Giovanni (ancient name of Enna), and that gives the region its unique and severe character» (J.W. Goethe, Goethe’s journey to Sicily in the year 1787). With these words the traveler of 700 Goethe described the grandeur of the rise where Enna was founded. The city is situated at a thousand meters above sea level, right in the heart of the Erei Mountains , where the Madonie chain starts, these bend towards the south-east rejoining Iblei Mountains. In the highest point, where the Castello of Lombardia was founded, was located the largest ancient sanctuary dedicated to Ceres (Latin name of Demeter), which remains today the “fortress”.
Distance in kilometers from Piazza Armerina: about 32 km.
From Piazza Armerina. Leaving Via Gaeta in Piazza Armerina north, take the exit for SS117bis. Then, take the SS117bis for 8.3 km and then turn right again towards the Sp4. Continue along the Sp4 and turn left towards Floristella to continue, then on the Viadotto Ramata Secondo. Advance of SS561 and cross the first roundabout. Continue on Via Pergusa/Sp1. Turn right and take SP51. Then, turn left and take the Provincial Road Overview Lombardia/SP51. Take the 2nd left to stay on Provincial Road Overview Lombardia/SP51. Take the 1st right onto Via della Cittadella.
Car and motorcycle. Yes.
Public transport. Yes.
Mountain bike or racing bike. Yes, equipping the vehicle with warning lights.