Piana degli Albanesi is considered one of the most important Arbëreshe colonies in Sicily.
Piana degli Albanesi, previously known as Piana dei Greci, was founded in the Middle Ages. It is considered one of the most important Arbëreshe colonies (decedents of Albanian refugees) in Sicily, maintaining the typical traits of Albanian culture; preserving their language, customs and religion. The village was known to being very active during the revolutionary revolts organised for the unification of Italy in the first part of the eighteen century. Thanks to its massive cultural productions, Piana degli Albanesi is considered the birthplace of Arbëreshe literature. Here the first masterpiece of the Albanian literary, the Diaspora (1592) was created, and the first school in Sicily where it was possible to study Albanian language and culture. Its University was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Close to the village, located in the Contrada Sant’Anna it’s possible to visit the ancient village of Pirama, an impressive Paleochristian necropolis and charming abandoned manor farms.
People live here:
Kalivari, The Carnival (in February)
Lluminarji, Falò di San Giuseppe (19/03)
Lazëri, holy festivity
E Diellja e Rromollidhet, Easther festivity
Java e Madhe, Christmas festivity
Pashkët, Easther celebration
Shën Gjergji Dëshmor i Math, San Giorgio Megalomartire, holy celebration (23/04)
E para e Mait,(1/05)
Festa e Kanollit, Sagra del Cannolo e Prodotti Tipici, food festival
Horartistike, Pianartistica, Artistic and Cultural festival Ndihma Shën Mëria e Dhitrjes, Festa di Maria SS. Odigitria, the Patron Saint Celebration (2/09)
Piano degli Albanesi Lake
How to get there:
Take SS624 to SP34 in Monreale. Take exit Piana degli Albanesi from SS624
Follow A19 to Provincia di Palermo. Take exit Tremonzelli from A19. Get on A19 in Scillato from SS120 and Strada Provinciale 24/SP24. Continue on A19 to Palermo. Take the exit toward Pa-Sciacca from E90. Follow SS624 and SP34 to Via Giorgio Kastriota in Piana degli Albanesi.
Take A29/E90 to Strada Statale 113/SS113 in Partinico. Take exit Partinico from A29/E90. Continue on Strada Statale 113/SS113. Take Strada Provinciale 2/SP2, SS624 and SP34 to Via Giorgio Kastriota in Piana degli Albanesi.
Follow SS115 and SS624 to SP34 in Monreale. Take exit Piana degli Albanesi from SS624.
Country House Masseria Rossella
Country House Sant’Agata 4*
Baglio di Pianetto Hotel 3*
B&B Cavallino Rampante
La Montagnola Pizzeria Petrotta & Figli Srl
KM 22, CTR. BRIGNA, Piana Degli Albanesi, PA 90037
Ph. 091 857 1831
Agriturismo Kumeta http://www.agriturismokumeta.it/
Via Lo Cascio, 24, Piana degli albanesi PA
Ph. 091 857 1702