Enna is the name of both a city and a small province in the north of Sicily, Italy. The province is somewhat forgotten by tourists, who usually prefer to head to the busier north coast of the island, but if you are looking for somewhere that is a little bit quieter yet just as accessible, Enna could be the destination for you. Attractions in the area are mostly historical and the destination is ideal for a rural Sicilian break.
The city of Enna is the biggest and most populated comune in the province, yet still only has a population for just 29,000, and staying in this destination has a small and friendly feel to it. At 931 metres above sea level, Enna is the highest provincial capital in Italy, and panoramic views can be had from all around the region.
The main points of interest in the province are historical, with the Villa Romana del Casale (in Piazza Armerina) a great place to start your sightseeing, being a spacious Roman villa that is home to a number of Roman mosaics. Also worth visiting in Enna are the 13th century Enna Duomo (Cathedral) and the Castello di Lombarida – the biggest castle in the whole of Sicily. Enna is an important archaeological area, and you can see some of the finds from the region in the Archaeological Museum of Aidone, which is located in the town of Morgantina.
Attractions in Enna are not just limited to those of art, history and culture. Families will love a day out at the Autodromo di Pergusa racing circuit, which hosts a variety of motor racing events, and a giant new theme park is under construction in Regalbuto.
With Sicily offering so much to see and do it can be hard to decide where to begin exploring this diverse area. If you do find time to venture outside the Enna province, you may decide to head west to neighbouring Caltanissetta (35km) – the epitome of rural Sicily, or east to the province of Catania (80km) – the home of a number of interesting towns and villages, as well as the awe-inspiring Mount Etna.
The famous Sicilian climate can be enjoyed to its very best in Enna, with an average summer temperature of 28C, and peak daily temperatures well into the thirties. If you wish to visit in slightly cooler climes you may wish to consider taking a trip to Enna in May or October, when the daily average temperature is 23C.
The nearest airport to Enna is Catania – Fontanarossa (CTA), 87km to the east and the busiest airport on the island. Flights from the UK to Catania include those through Air Malta and British Airways, both of which fly out of London Gatwick. Flight time from the UK is a little over two hours, and the transfer time upon landing is around an hour.