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Naro: photos, description (Naro)

Naro, nestled among the hills at an altitude of 520 metres above sea level, was probably founded by the Greeks. It got its name from the river flowing nearby - the word "naron" just means "river". Found in the vicinity of Naro ruins of Roman villas suggests that the city was inhabited in those days. However, the first written mentions of it are found only in medieval documents.

According to these documents, Naro originated in the 12th century around Arab settlements, and in 1233 Frederick the Swabian gave him the status of a Royal city, that is free of feudal power. In the 13th century the city was surrounded by walls and has become an important strategic Bastion that dominated over the surrounding area. Later Naro came into the possession of a noble family of Chiaramonte, who built the impressive castle here, as in many other controlled cities. In 1912, this massive fortress made of volcanic tuff was declared a national monument. Tourists can admire an impressive wall with ramparts, square tower built by Frederick of Aragon in the year 1330, and the main tower of the castle is elegantly decorated gate. Inside, special attention deserves main hall, which is the door of the 14th century, and a huge reservoir, which was sometimes used as a punishment cell.

Today, this mainly agricultural town, where they grow grapes, wheat, olives, citrus and almonds, as well as cattle, known for its artisans that make unique products from wood. Among the attractions of Naro it is worth noting the Chiaramonte castle, Baroque Church of St. Salvatore of the 16th century, the Church of San Calogero is one of the oldest in Sicily, in the crypt which has a statue of Santo Nero, the town's patron Saint. Parish Church of the town was built in the 17th century by Jesuit monks. It is famous for its works of art: a baptismal font made in 1424, marble sculptural composition depicting the Holy Family, Madonna della Catena, a 16th-century painting Domenico Provenzani 18th century, depicting the Annunciation and wooden furniture stored in the sacristy.

Every year in June in Naro festival is held in honor of the patron Saint, San Calogero, also known as Santo Nero.