From Ancient Greece to Liberty buildings
Along the southern Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily lies Gela, an ancient Greek polis, possessing the largest port on the island and extending over three prominent hill formations: the one on which the historic city stands, almost completely built up, and those of Montelungo and Manfria. Among the oldest religious architecture in the city, the Church of St Augustine stands out with a single nave established in 1439 with an adjoining convent. It is the oldest building in the historic centre. In fact, the most widespread style is the Liberty style, a star in the design of the city's most important stately homes.
From a scenic point of view, we recommend a visit to the Biviere Oriented Nature Reserve, ideal for birdwatching enthusiasts, the marshes ofPiana del Signore, Poggio Arena and the hills that border the Piana di Gela.
The surrounding area has many historical, archaeological and cultural sites. The areas that can be visited today are Capo Soprano, which houses the world's best-preserved example of Greek military architecture, the Acropolis and the Bosco Littorio site. In the park, you can also visit two medieval furnaces, the site of a military camp and the ruins of a large residential quarter dating back to the 4th century BC.
A short distance from the park, behind the Vittorio Emanuele hospital, you can view the remains of the Hellenistic bath complex, the oldest bath complex discovered in Italy to date.