"I was not expecting this" Enna by grimbolero

Enna Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 40 photos

Enna out of the haze

The A19 autostrada from Palermo to Catania perches on stilts through the high parched valleys of central Sicily. As you try to pass a Fiat Panda with its left indicator permanantly on, the haze ahead solidifies into two improbable hills, each with a town on top.
To the right is Enna, a respectable city crowning the 1000m cliffs. We decided to drive up there...

It's some ride to the top

There are a number of ways to reach Enna. I, as I unwaveringly do, chose the hardest. The picture shows where the road curves out over nothing as it climbs the wooded cliffs.
Once you get to the city there is little parking space, so stop on the up-slope where the other cars are.

Once in Enna

From the Lombard Castle at the top, you can wind down the narrow streets through the old city. It appears to be unchanged much from the 15th century, with modern supermarkets embedded in ancient buildings, and huge old gates hiding colleges full of boisterous teenagers.

Wander to the edge of the narrow town and you get incredible vistas accross central Sicily. You are so high up that it is a wonder that any town could be built up here, let alone a city.

This is not a tourist town, but the locals will try to make you feel welcome. We were even given free chocolate pastries - a local delicacy - in the bakery.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Spectacular, Vibrant, Proud, Unspoilt
  • Cons:Few tourist facilities
  • In a nutshell:A Sicilian town for Sicilians and adventurous visitors
  • Last visit to Enna: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 24, 2005
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