The Museums in Caltanissetta
The Archaeological Museum of Caltanissetta, about 3 km from the center, has been housed since 2004 on Via Santo Spirito. Until 1993, the Civic Museum guarded artifacts from sites of Caltanissetta (Pietrarossa, San Giuliano, Palmintelli) and the nearby areas, like Mazarin and Contrada Sabucina.
The exhibit is divided into 5 different areas in which archaeological finds ranging from the Copper Age (III millennium BC) until the sixth AD are displayed. Ornamental objects are mainly presented, made of ceramic and metal, as well as beautifully decorated containers and several statuettes of deities of the time.
Easter in Caltanissetta
Easter celebrations that take part in Caltanissetta embody the folkloristic Sicilian spirit par excellence, an event watch with curiosity and interest by many tourists and visitors.
The Real Maestranza opens the festivities on Holy Wednesday: representing the citizens of the orders, the ten tradecrafts that make it up go to the Cathedral to receive forgiveness of sins, each led by their captain. Atoned from their sins, the captain, representing an entire tradecraft, cuts off his black clothes to then adorn white clothing – symbol of purity.
Then the procession begins, which lasts until the afternoon with the arrival of the Varicedde.
The origin of the Real Maestranza dates back to the early nineteenth century, when, on a visit to Caltanissetta, the Bourbon King Ferdinand IV was impressed with the order and discipline of Maestranza. And from then on the city was known as “Real”.
Historical Background of Caltanissetta
Archaeological finds show the presence of populations in antiquity, even if there isn’t any more detail news about it.
The city was conquered by the Normans after the long siege of the Castle of Pietrarossa in 1086 by Count Roger. He later became a bone of contention among the major lineages of Sicily: between the Chiaramonte and the Ventimiglia, who had got the better of the Moncada, who owned it from 1406 until 1812.
After the unification of Italy, the city of Caltanissetta found new vigor thanks to exploitation of the mining industry and the urban renewal of the inhabited center.
The evenings run quiet in Caltanissetta, with a nice walk that are along the main streets of the historical center. In the city there are many reasonably priced pizza restaurants serving excellent dishes of the local cuisine.
For young people, the city and surrounding areas are not lacking pubs, clubs or discos where you can spend a sleepless night in the heart of Sicily.