Piazza Armerina is a city in the centre of Sicily, in the province of Enna.

The city is born as a marketplace in the 12th century, after the market town that had grown around the ancient Roman Villa Romana del Casale was destroyed in 1161. It was an important commercial and political centre in the early middle ages, when the Sicilian parliament was united there at several occasions.

The city was known as "Piazza" (marketplace) until 1862 when it was changed to "Piazza Armerina".

The city is best known for the ancient Roman villa, but it also has a beautiful baroque Duomo (cathedral) and a medieval castle, the Castello Aragonese.

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