Lentini, Sicily

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Lentini is situated to the south-east of sicily, between Catania and Syracuse and a few kilometres inland.

Explore Lentini

A visit to Lentini can start from the centre (Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Umberto I). In Piazza del Duomo stands the so-called Mother Church dedicated to Santa Maria La Cava and Saint Alfio (rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693 and ended around 1750), with three naves and the façade of the eighteenth century by Vella da Malta. The central door has been worked with the symbols of the Passion of St. Alfio. The church offers some items of great artistic interest, especially in the so-called 'ferculo of St. Alfio', silver work of the nineteenth century.

Besides the church stands the bell tower, about 30 meters high. In the chapel next door, there's another work of the Byzantine era, a 9th century icon of Madonna Odigitria in embossed silver. In the vestry you can see three 18th century pictures: The Eternal Father, the Redeemer and Virgin. Also very beautiful is an inlaid wooden wardrobe (XVIII century) from the former Capuchin monastery.

Other Lentini highlights

In Piazza Umberto I see the Church of St. Luke (XVII century) with a beautiful painting of the Crucifixion (a 16th century copy of the Crucifixion by Jacopo Tintoretto).

From Piazza Umberto I follow Via Piave to Piazza Liceo, home to the interesting Lentin i Archaeological Museum - see Lentini Museum for details.

Ancient City of Leontinoi Ancient Ruins

Visit the archaeological site of ancient Leontinoi at Carlentini. The structure of the ancient city is located to the south of the modern city in the valley of San Mauro and on two nearby hills (S. Mauro and Metapiccola). The hills have traces of a population from before the arrival of the Greeks. On the hill of Metapiccola, huts were discovered on a rectangular plan. The Greeks began the construction of massive walls which enclose the hills of San Mauro and Metapiccola, and the roads leading to Catania and Syracuse were fitted with powerful fortified gates. In the walled city there are traces of dwellings and sacred areas with remains of temples, from which many potteries proceed. Outside the city walls, there was the necropolis; in the sixth and fifth centuries, the tombs were simply graves, while in the Hellenistic period graveswere much more elaborate.

In the necropolis, which is on the road between Syracuse and Lentini, near the oldest gate of the city, many interesting remains of the fourth and third centuries BC have been found. In addition to the remains of South Gate, also known as “Syracusan”, they have discovered a prehistoric village in Metapiccola and some Byzantine frescoes, also the prehistoric village of Valsavoia (on the road that leads from Lentini to Valsavoia); the neolithic village called Castellana, and the necropolis of St. Eligius, south-west of Lentini, with graves dating back to eighth century BC. Also on the Castellaccio hill you can see the remains of the medieval castle, of Swabian age.

A Culinary pause

After the cultural tour, explore the culinary traditions of Lentini. The typical “home-made bread” of Lentini (cooked with wood fire in a stone oven) has a very long preparation time, and is truly a unique production. Also take a visit to a local restaurant to sample dishes really out of the ordinary based on duck, chicken, salmon, veal cutlet or even salads with orange sauces (traditional Sicilian dishes). Local wines include the 'Black of Avola' and the 'White of Inzolìa'.

Where to visit nearby?

One of Sicily's most beautiful villages, Palazzolo-Acreide is nearby.  The Ortigia Island district of Syracuse was one of the top destinations of our Sicily trip. Be sure not to miss it.

See also Lentini history

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

See also:

Map of Lentini and places to visit

Places to visit near Lentini

Catania

Catania

Catania is an interesting city with an attractive centre.

Catania guide

Palazzolo-Acreide

Palazzolo-Acreide

Palazzolo Acreide is one of the most beautiful villages of Sicily.

Palazzolo-Acreide guide

Akrai

Akrai

Akrai is home to an ancient Greek settlement.

Akrai guide

Syracuse

Syracuse

Syracuse is famous for its old town on Ortigia island but its mainland side is an attractive city with Roman ruins

Syracuse guide

Syracuse - Ortigia Island

Syracuse - Ortigia Island

Ortigia is the fabulous old town of Syracuse.

Syracuse - Ortigia Island guide