lies at 332 a.s.l. on a hill between the Erei and the Hyblean Mountains,
providing scenic views over the Maroglio valley and the Gela plain.
The city belongs to the province of Caltanissetta and counts some
remote origins of the town are testified by remnants of Sikel and
Sikan settlements, tholos tombs and a necropolis going back to the
13th century BC. In 1620 Giuseppe Branciforti became the Lord of
the village. A few years later he was entitled Prince of Niscemi.
visitors of Niscemi can enjoy several naturalistic areas like the
Sugherata and the Castellana, consisting of beautiful oak and cork-oak
groves. Legend claims that in the Castellana area a shepherd searching
for his bull found him knelt in prayer before a spring where was
a floating silk veil bearing the figure of the Virgin with the Child.
This fact would lead to the erection of a Shrine dedicated to the
Virgin and is today celebrated annually in the end of August. The
event is organized by the Confraternita di Maria SS. del Bosco and
is characterized by sacred celebrations, processions and the much
awaited Palio dei Cavalli.
city accommodates various fine religious and secular buildings.
Among the former are the Mother Church dedicated to Santa Maria
dell’Odigitria and the 1700’s Church of Our Lady of
Santa Caterina Villarmosa
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