What to see in Termini Imerese, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including Villa Palmeri, Church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Duomo and Museo Civico.
Termini Imerese is a town in Sicily in the province of Palermo, overlooking the homonymous gulf.
In ancient Thermae, famous for its thermal waters, in 408 BC, following the Carthaginian destruction, the survivors of Himera took refuge, a Greek colony whose ruins were located near the city, which took the name of Thermae Himerensis, the current Termini Imerese.
The inhabited area is divided into two parts, the upper town, which rises along the ridge of Mount San Calogero, and the lower town, located along the coast.
Its thermal waters, known since ancient times, are of volcanic origin and spring from two sources with a temperature of about 43 ° C.
The spa is located inside the Grand Hotel delle Terme, a building dating back to the end of the nineteenth century, built on the ancient Roman baths, of which the remains remain.
At the entrance of the upper city is Villa Palmeri, in whose garden, open to the public, you can see the remains of a Roman building from the second century AD, as well as the bell tower of the destroyed church of San Giovanni Battista, dating back to the sixteenth century.
Traces of the Roman amphitheater arise along the road that flanks the garden.
Near the Villa there is the fifteenth-century church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, which preserves valuable frescoes inside, attributed to the brothers Giacomo and Nicolò Graffeo, depicting the life of the Saint, with captions in ancient Sicilian.
The Cathedral, dedicated to San Nicola di Bari, dating back to the end of the fifteenth century, and rebuilt in the seventeenth century, houses valuable works of art inside.
In the Baldassare Romano Civic Museum, established in 1873 and housed in the premises of the former Hospital of the Holy Trinity Fatebenefratelli, in a late medieval building, important finds dating back to the Roman and Arab period are kept, as well as paintings, tapestries and other precious objects.