Cammarata, stands on the slopes of the homonymous mountain, at about 700 meters above sea level and is surrounded by woods and healthy air. The large municipal area is part of the Monte Cammarata oriented nature reserve, the highest peak of the Sicani Mountains.
The central inhabited nucleus has maintained the urban characteristics of the medieval village. It is rich in religious architecture and among the works of art kept in these churches some have a remarkable artistic value. The territory of Cammarata, thanks to its fertile lands, has always been naturally predisposed to agricultural activities and to the breeding of sheep and cattle.
In Cammarata, walking on the ancient streets, between those houses, it can happen to breathe the scent of the gorse or that of the jasmine, or the smell of the good dishes that from the open windows, in good weather, spreads slightly in the air, and there he feels immersed in time, as if the light mountain impregnated wind whispered the history of the town.
The mother church
Dedicated to San Nicolò di Bari. It has three naves and contains numerous works of art, including a marble ciborium by Andrea mancino dated 1490, a sixteenth-century Pietà from the destroyed church of the Bianchi company, a pipe organ from the 16th century, valuable wooden works including a monumental pulpit, the Banco dei Giurati, the choir stalls, the altar of the Madonna dei Miracoli. Noteworthy is the large canvas depicting Sant'Anna with San Gioacchino next to it, by Pietro D’Asaro, known as the Monocolo di Racalmuto, a seventeenth-century Sicilian painter. Another large and important church is the one dedicated to SAN VITO MARTIRE, also with three naves, preserves artistic works of particular importance. Very interesting is the canvas, "Morte Della Madonna" by an anonymous 17th century artist.
The castle of Cammarata
Built in the 13th century, it was home to the Lords of Cammarata. Following collapses, which occurred at different times, very little of the entire structure remains: some perimeter walls, a part of the ancient building, now home to the "Daughters of Mary Help of Christians" religious Institute and the tower. After the end of feudalism a controversy arose between the heirs of the Lords and the Municipality to contend for the ownership of the Castle. Subsequently, a compromise was reached, so it fell to the Municipality of a part of it, precisely the tower, which was used as a mandate prison until the 1970s. Subsequently, the entire structure was considered an architectural heritage to be saved, and was the object until a few years ago of restoration and consolidation. Today the tower, which is the best preserved part, pending the establishment of a permanent museum, is used for the preparation of exhibitions and various events.