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Enna: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

Enna is the central city of the Sicilian hinterland, a place rich in history and culture that has as its testimony several fortifications and monuments all with their charm and all to be discovered. Find out more about how to visit Enna, what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening!

Index

  1. 11 things to see in Enna in a weekend
  2. What to see in Enna in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Enna: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Enna
  5. Plan your stay in Enna: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

11 things to see in Enna in a weekend

1 - Castello di Lombardia and Torre Pisana

The Castello di Lombardia is a huge fortress erected on the highest point of the city, considered the symbol of Enna. This impressive building was indeed built in medieval times as a refuge from invaders allowing the city to defend itself and escape the Romans thanks to a long and strong resistance, while today it is one of the largest medieval castles in Italy with its 26000 m² of surface and the most visited historic building in the Sicilian hinterland. Inside it is very nice to visit the Pisan Tower from which you have a beautiful view of the natural landscapes that surround Enna.



  • it is not in the historic center but it is still very close, only a 7 minute walk - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 20: 30
  • free

2 - Rocca di Cerere

Together with the Castello di Lombardia, also the Rocca di Cerere is part of the symbols of Enna and played an important role in the defense of the city. The fortress rises in fact near the castle on one of the three rocks that forms the hill on which Enna was built and was also used in the defensive strategy implemented against the Romans. Studies of the '900 however have brought to light much more ancient finds in the same area, dating back to prehistoric times, in fact the visit of the fortress also includes some rock habitats, the remains of two towers, part of the fortification system connected to the castle and two hypogea.



  • it is located in the immediate vicinity of the Castello di Lombardia, so this attraction can also be reached in a few minutes - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 20: 30
  • free

3 - Cathedral of Enna

The Cathedral of Enna is dedicated to the Most Holy Mary of the Visitation. It is the mother church of the city, which has also become a national monument and one of the major artistic expressions of the province as well part of UNESCO since 2008. The structure has different architectural styles even if the predominant one is the barocco as evidenced by the beautiful side portals. Inside it houses precious works of art including the frescoes by Borremans.

  • located in the historic center and reachable in a few minutes on foot - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

4 - Regional Archaeological Museum

The Regional Archaeological Museum of Enna was established by the Sicily Region in the fascinating Varisanoll palace in order to expose the finds brought to light during excavations conducted in archaeological sites throughout the province of Enna. The itinerary of the museum consists in the presentation of different human settlements on the hills of Ennese exhibiting a great variety of objects including ceramics and metal jewelry.

  • it is located in the historic center and can be reached in a few minutes on foot - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 19: 00
  • free

5 - Musical Art Museum 3M

The 3M Musical Art Museum is a multimedia museum that experience a new way of seeing art, history and traditions, associating evocative soundtracks to the images of the masters of Sicilian painting. The visit therefore consists of an incredible experience of musical works, virtual images, thematic exhibitions and multimedia stations



  • it is centrally located and can be reached on foot from anywhere in the historic center - Get directions
  • open every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00
  • € 2,00

6 - Palazzo Pollicarini

The Pollicarini Palace is one of the historic and oldest buildings in Enna, dating back to the th century. The property features one Gothic-Catalan style and it was for several years the fortified residence of the Falanga, Petroso and Patelmo families, while it is currently inhabited by other local families. The building is spread over two elegant floors consisting of an elegant entrance door adorned with an imposing frame, a large courtyard with a portico and a monumental staircase that leads to the main floor and to the main rooms.

  • the building is located in the historic center near the Duomo, so you can easily reach it on foot - Get directions
  • open every day from 9: 00 to 19: 00
  • € 2,00

7 - Gate of Janniscuru

The Gate of Janniscuru is a historical monument of Enna. This is thelast of six gates perched on the slopes of the mountain to defend the city from sieges. Its style is similar to that of a Roman arch because it is massive and imposing, with a width of two to three meters and a much higher height.

  • it is not part of the historic center but can be reached in 20 minutes on foot and 5/10 minutes by car - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

8 - Tower of Federico II

The Tower of Federico II is another important architectural symbol of the city of Enna from particular and rare octagonal shape. The structure, like most of Enna's monuments, had an important defensive role during the Middle Ages, after having been designed by Riccardo da Lentini at the behest of Federico II, who had in mind to use it as a summer residence during his travels in Sicily.



  • dislocated from the historic center, it can be reached in 25 minutes on foot and 5/10 minutes by car - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 20: 30
  • free

9 - Sanctuary of Papardura

The Sanctuary of Papardura is located in the south-east of Enna away from the noise of the city and totally immersed in tranquility. The peculiarity of this sanctuary is that it is located inside a cave, the latter rather large, thus enjoying a quiet and peaceful place, with a simple style and architecture on the outside and beautiful inside.

  • it is half an hour walk from the historic center and 10 minutes by car - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

10 - Byzantine village

The Byzantine Village is a rock settlement located a few kilometers from Enna, symbol and testimony of the Byzantine domination in the Sicilian territory followed by that of the Arabs. The site consists of a series of rooms carved into the rock among which the Byzantine churches and the houses of the village are distinguished, organized according to the daily life of the community that lived there.

  • it is located outside Enna, precisely in Calascibetta, but still not far away and reachable in 20 minutes by car - Get directions
  • from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 13:15 and from 16:00 to 19:30. From the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March, open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 13:30, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 to 13:30 and from 15:00 to 17:00, Sunday from 10 : 00 to 17:00. Closed on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • access to the site is free (with the option of making a donation). It is possible to participate in a paid guided excursion (variable price depending on the number of participants).

11 - Lake of Pergusa

Lake Pergusa is now the only natural lake left in Sicily, of modest size but of great importance from a geological, faunistic and cultural point of view. The lake is in fact the point where the first was established Special Nature Reserve of the Sicily Region while the European Union has promoted it as a Site of Community Importance. Along the perimeter of the lake there are several hotels and restaurants, completely immersed in nature and among the different species that live there.

  • is located in Pergusa, a very close fraction of Enna, in fact it can be reached in just 13 minutes by car - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

What to see in Enna in one day: recommended itinerary

Enna can be visited in one day but unfortunately, among all this we have just indicated, you will have to give up something. The Byzantine Village and Lake Pergusa, for example, are located outside the city, which means that you have to reach them by car and dedicate at least an hour of time to them, thus losing most of the day. Another attraction to give up will be one of the two museums as it would take more time to visit both. In our itinerary we have chosen to include the 3M Musical Art Museum as it is more particular, thus excluding the Regional Archaeological Museum with a historical theme, like many other sites that you will visit.

  • Morning: have a good breakfast in the Gelateria Geba coffee maker and start the tour from the area outside the historic center, then visit the Tower of Frederick II, the Papardura Sanctuary and Porta Janniscuru. After these visits, head towards the historic center to visit the Cathedral of Enna which takes little time and in the meantime it will be time to have lunch so you will have near the Central Restaurant of Pirrera
  • Afternoon: immediately after lunch, walk towards Palazzo Pollicarini which requires a short visit, then enjoy the experience at the 3M Musical Art Museum and finally move outside the historic center to visit the Castello di Lombardia and the Rocca di Cerere. When it's time for dinner you can stay in the area by choosing the Meimuna Restaurant

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Caffetteria Gelateria Geba (Get directions)
  2. Torre di Federico II - opening hours: from 9:00 to 20:30 - ticket price: free
  3. Sanctuary of Papardura - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
  4. Porta Janniscuru - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
  5. Cathedral of Enna opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
  6. Lunch at the Central Restaurant of Pirrera (Get directions)
  7. 3M Musical Art Museum - opening hours: from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00 - ticket price: € 2,00
  8. Palazzo Pollicarini - opening hours: from 9:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: € 2,00
  9. Castello di Lombardia - opening hours: from 9:00 to 20:30 - ticket price: free
  10. Rocca di Cerere - opening hours: from 9:00 to 20:30 - cost of the ticket: free
  11. Dinner at Risotrante Meimuna (Get directions)

Where to eat in Enna: the best restaurants

  1. The Trinacria trattoria with typical 0 km cuisine with large portions and low prices
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: via Sant'Agata, 80 Get directions / tel: 0935 502022
  2. Ariston typical refined cuisine based on meat or fish with a wide selection of local wines
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Piazza Napoleone Colaianni, 6 Get directions / tel: 0935 26038
  3. Meimuna excellent pizza and mixed cuisine of meat and fish with various fried dishes
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: via Lombardia, 5 Get directions / tel: 0935 22236
  4. Central Restaurant of Pirrera typical local meat and fish cuisine which also offers fixed menus for quicker lunches
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Piazza 6 dicembre, 9 Get directions / tel: 0935 500963

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Enna

Unfortunately, Enna does not offer much choice of evening and night entertainment so if you love discos and parties until dawn then you will have to move to the nearby Caltanissetta and Piazza Amerina. However Enna has an excellent proposal of pubs and clubs that offer excellent drinks and evenings with DJ sets to dance for a few hours and live music with bands of various genres.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • I sip Music & Drink: pub with excellent cocktails that organizes evenings with live music or DJ sets / Address: Viale Guglielmo Marconi, 6 Get directions / Facebook page
  • Shamrock Irish Pub: Irish pub with creative cocktails, excellent cuisine and evenings with live rock bands / Address: Piazza Arcangelo Ghisleri, 2 Get directions / Facebook page
  • Schiticchio: elegant bar to spend quiet evenings enjoying a good glass of wine, cocktails or special liqueurs / Address: Viale Guglielmo Marconi Get directions / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Enna: info and useful tips

  • Enna can be reached by car, train, bus and even by plane as it is well connected to the main cities. By car it is located right on the A19 motorway at 1 hour and 20 from Catania, 1 hour and 50 from Palermo and 1 hour and 10 from Agrigento. By train, on the other hand, it is possible to reach it from Palermo taking almost 2 hours, from Catania 1 hour and 40, from Caltanissetta 50 minutes and from Agrigento 1 hour and 45, taking advantage of the different solutions that depart every day at different times and then continue from Enna station with a dedicated bus to the center. The buses instead depart only from Catania, however there are 7 trips a day that make this route reaching their destination in 1 hour and 20. Finally, the nearest airports or that of Catania with direct transfer to Enna and that of Palermo (extending here , you have to reach the central station and then take a train to Enna).
  • Getting around: the historic center can be easily visited on foot while to reach other points of interest it would take about 20 minutes, but alternatively you can move by car and arrive in less than 10 minutes
  • Where to park: Enna has several car parks throughout the territory, both near the historic center and distributed in the various areas. The Piazza Umberto I car park is very central and for a fee, while the Parking Area is always close to the historic center but free. To visit the other areas, we recommend Piazza Renato Guttuso and Piazzale Beato Angelico, both free
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 38,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: the surroundings of Enna are full of other interesting places, for example Piazza Armerina, 34 minutes by car, an equally artistic and historical place, or Caltanissetta, a lively city with beautiful colored monuments 40 minutes away by car, or Leonforte, a picturesque village 50 minutes away.
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