Augusta is a wonderful tiny village which is rich in history and amazing cultural attractions. Augusta was founded by Augusto in 42 BC on the ruins of the first Greek colony, Megara Hyblaea. Completely destroyed by Barbarian invasions, Augusta was rebuilt by Federico II of Svevia who transformed this village in a strategic point to defend his reign. After the 1848 earthquake this village was totally reconstructed and it begun to have a massive importance in the Mediterranean with its naval bases.
Visiting this charming tiny village you can discover lots of interesting cultural attractions such as the Archaeological site of Megara Hyblaea, which includes the most complete model of an ascent Greek colony dating back to the VIII century B.C.; the Museum of Piazzaforte, created in 1986, it holds all the testimonies of the most important battles happened in the village from ancient time to the II World War; the Svevo Castle, built in 1229, under the will of King Federico II. Over the times it became a crucial point to defence the colonies, in fact in 1500 Carlo II di Borbone enlarged the castle with four bastions, transforming it in a military fortress. When Italy was united in one country, it became a solar observatory and then a prison.
The most suggestive holy places of Augusta are the Church of Santa Maria Annunziata, the most ancient one, the Duomo of Madre di Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1644 with a Baroque style and the church of Carmine, the Church of San Giuseppe, the church of San Domenico e Convento dei Frati Domenicani. The charming lungomare of Augusta offers a fascinating belvedere where it is possible to admire an extended area of salt pan.
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