Scordia is a city of about 17,000
inhabitants located at 150 m a.s.l., in a large citrus area that
stretches from the Margi Valley to Lentini.
Laid out on an orthogonal grid,
with at its heart the central Palazzo dei Branciforte, the town
was founded by the Prince Antonio Branciforte and was part of the
feudal estate of Scordia Sottana. The Brancifortes owned it as far
It has a number of interesting cultural
The Mother Church is dedicated to
the patron saint Rocco and contains a worth-mentioning 1600’s
wooden statue of the titular saint and a painting depicting the
Virgin of the Holy Rosary.
The church of Sant’Antonio
da Padova and, next to it, the convent of the Reformed Fathers date
back to the 17th century. The latter has a fine cloister and 1700’s
frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Jesus and St. Francis.
The church also houses interesting works, such as a painting of
Our Lady of Sorrow and various 1700’s frescoes.
The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore,
ornamented with stuccoes and paintings, is also worth-seeing.