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Comiso

Comiso, “Theatrical city”, as was defined by an eminent citizen, the writer Gesualdo Bufalino, for its sceneries, for his baroque scenery which easily touch readers’ heart. The city is famous for its palaces built with local stone of different shades. Comiso has old origins but we do not know its original Greek name; during the 13th century the domain passes from the lordship of Lubera to the Chiaramonte one. In the 1453 was bought as shire of The Naselli Della Mastra family, which maintained it until the abolition of the feudality in Sicily.

"Comiso sotterra i suoi morti, battezza i suoi neonati, si sfolla e si ripopola, ogni volta uguale e diversa. E ogni giorno, appena i riflettori dell'alba si accendono sui tetti, e dal fondo dei rioni un canto di gallo superstite si avventa a lacerare il cielo, nel momento in cui il più mattiniero dei comisani si affaccia sull'uscio a salutare il più nottambulo che rincasa, in quell'istante medesimo è come se un occulto lontanissimo gong desse il segnale d'inizio di uno spettacolo mai udito (farsa o dramma, chissà?) davanti ad una sterminata platea. Il sipario si alza. Tra un minuto si ricomincia."

Gesualdo Bufalino

What to see in Comiso

The Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Stelle, built in the 1400 with its private cemetery, was re-built after the earthquake of 1693. Inside is possible to admire 15 decorated altars and a crib from Napoli of 1700. The main altar of the 16th century is dedicated to the Virgin and decorated with multicolour marbles and lapis lazuli.

Piazza Fonte Diana is the centre of Comiso, where you can find the namesake fountain and the Palazzo Comunale built at the end of 1800, in classic umbertino style and tending to Neoclassic with Ionic and Corinthian capitals.

The Basilica di Santa Maria Annunziata was built over the rest of the previous Chiesa di San Nicola di Mira. Its origins dates back to 1125, and in nowadays it presents the interventions applied in 1800 after the earthquake of 1693: the Latin cross structure has three aisles with barrel vaults supported by about 10 arches resting on the columns with cylindrical bases.

The Pagoda della Pace is another important monument of Comiso. It was opened in 1998 thanks to the work of a Japanese monk named Morishita. It is located over a hill in front of an ex-missiles base and is 16 meters high with a diameter of 15 meters.

Comiso is full of amazing surprises, we have spoiled you only a few of them.

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The Strada Statale115 (SS115) pass across the city.

In the area is located the recently opened airport of Comiso.

Duomo di Comiso e Chiesa Madre – Santa Maria delle Stelle
Basilica Maria SS. Annunziata
Santuario di San Francesco all’Immacolata
Chiesa di S. Biagio
Ex Chiesa del Gesù (o di San Filippo Neri)
Chiesa S. Maria della Grazia (detta dei Cappuccini)
Pagoda della Pace
Castello dei Naselli d’Aragona
Palazzo comunale
Ex Mercato Ittico
Palazzo Occhipinti
Palazzo Iacono-Ciarcià
Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao
Terme Romane di Diana
Cava Porcaro

Easter (A’ Paci)
Maria SS. Addolorata (the third Sunday of May)
San Biagio (The Patron Saint, on the second Sunday of July)

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