The Museums of Randazzo
The Vagliasindi Museum, located at the Tower of Randazzo, exposes a large number of potteries, mainly Greek (VI-III century BC), found in the area surrounding the city. Among the pieces of greater importance, the Oinochoe, a large jar used in ancient times to mix wine, some lekythoi (funerary vases) and two helikes, hair clips. Downstairs, The museum of Sicilian puppets consists of 21 puppets, still perfectly usable, made in the early years of the twentieth century.
Historical Background of Randazzo
Although, traces of human settlements from ancient times have been found, the origin of the urban agglomeration of Randazzo dates back only to the Byzantine period.
It was during the Norman period that the city took on greater importance and prestige, fortified by strong walls and defensive towers, with 8 alone to defend the northern slope of Etna, which housed the headquarters of the troops in Lombardy, and gave rise to the headquarters of San Martino. The phonetics of the language, inherited from the northern troops, is still present in the local dialect.
Randazzo was of considerable interest in the struggles of the War of the Vespers, becoming a military base of the troops of Peter I of Aragon and later the summer residence of Frederick II of Aragon. From the fifteenth century its importance was progressively reduced, due to looting and plagues that decimated the population.
In the twentieth century, the Second World War inflicted deep wounds to the community, destroying much of the architectural works present.
The Randazzo of today is developing into an effective tourist destination, thanks to the beautiful and characteristic architectural buildings that are still present today, and to its proximity to three national parks (Park of Etna, The Nebrodi and The Alcantara River Park), as well as excellent food and wine tradition.