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The origins of Comiso date back to the Siculo - Greek era. A commonly accepted hypothesis is that the town, at that time Yhomisus Kasmenarum, was founded by the inhabitants of Casmene, destroyed in 212 B.C. by the Roman consul Marcellus, who decided to punish not only Syracuse but its daughter towns too. The original nucleus grew up around the fountain of Diana, at the point where, in the centre of present-day Comiso, in the second century A.D. there arose the Roman thermae. From the medieval period we have vestiges uf the Gothic— Catalan style, though sometimes overwhelmed by Renaissance and eighteenth-century alterations. Among the must important religious edifices in Comiso are the Cathedral Church, dedicated to Santa Maria delle Stelle, and the Annunziata Church. The very fertile territory around Comiso has always favored the economic development of the town, with the production of vegetables and fruit with up-to-date technical means in the coastal area. A very ancient form of artisan activity relates to the processing of so-called Comiso stone, a calcareous Miocene rock with compact grain and an intense straw-yellow colour. The abundant presence of this marble has always favoured the work of artisans and master stonecutters.

Source:Comune di Comiso

Photo by Giovanni D'Avola


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