Municipality of Racalmuto

Associated stages:
7. Sutera > Racalmuto/Grotte
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Racalmuto is a rural village at a few kilometers from Agrigento. Its origins date back to the Arab rule in Sicily, the name of the village probably derives from Rahal Maut, which literally means “dead village” in Arabic, because the Muslims found almost the entire population killed by the plague upon their arrival to the village. Racalmuto has a well-preserved medieval appearance and it was back in the Middle Ages that the town had its heyday. The main attraction is the Chiaramonte Castle, an impressive fort located in the town center. As for religious architecture, Racalmuto offers two delightful churches, the Chiesa Madre (Mother Church) and the Church of Santa Maria del Monte which overlooks a spectacular flight of steps. Moreover, Racalmuto is the place where the great Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciacia was born. It is also home to the eponymous foundation and the Literary Park Regalpetra dedicated to him.