PIAZZA ARMERINA (20 miles) and three miles after we reach the town, we have, to our left, the ruins of the Villa Romana del Castle, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Sicily. The luxurious residence of millionaires during the times of the Roman Empire, it is famous, above all, for its marvellous mosaics, and especially for the one depicting ten girls wearing a garment which we thought was a modern invention, the bikini.
In the town of Piazza Armerina, founded by the Lombards during the Middle Ages, there is a stately 16° century Cathedral the lovely church of San Pietro, and the small 13° century church of S. Giovanni di Rodi. We continue our drive through a beautiful landscape of solitarv hills, past the junction for Enna on our right (17 miles from Piazza Armerina) and, after 13 more miles, we come to CALTANISSETTA (I18 miles from Syracuse).
In Piazza Garibaldi stands the Baroque Cathedral with a lavishly decorated interior. It would be advisable to eat lunch in Caltanissetta before taking the road which, through Serradifalco and Canicatti, descends amidst vineyards almond and olive groves, to AGRIGENTO.