The new Poggioreale is stationed on overlapping ramparts, each arranged around a circular square and the spectacular Piazza Elimo was designed by the famous architect Paolo Portoghesi. Yet the identity of Poggioreale is not to be found in the new town centre, but in the impressive ruins of the old ‘ghost town’ situated ‘on a hillock fit for a king,’ (from which it got its name) which was abandoned after the earthquake of 1968. In the neighbouring archaeological site on Mount Castellazzo, you can discover the ancient history of the area and from the top enjoy a view over the province that will be one of the most enchanting you could imagine. While the area’s agricultural ability can be seen in the little ethno-anthropological museum, the town itself periodically livens up with festivals and shows that introduce the visitor to the tastes and colours of the ancient traditions, for example the Festival of Ricotta and Cheeses, the Festival of the Muffuletta (soft bread), and the Calici di Stelle. The foundation of the ancient royal Podium, ‘hillock fit for a king,’ dates back to 1642. The marquis Francesco Morso from Ghibellina wanted the farmers from the Bagnitelli, Mandria di Mezzo and Busecchio feuds to move to the foot of mount Castellazzo, where he had a residential palace.
Local government offices: 1, Via Ximenes, 91020 Poggioreale (TP)
Telephone switchboard: 0924 75777 / 75642