to the geographical position, Aidone is called “The Balcony of Sicily”,
because it is possible to admire the Mount Etna, the Nebrodi mountains, the
Jonian Sea, Siracusa and the Catania plain.
Aidone is an Arabic word “Ay-ndun” that means “superior fountain
This little town of Aidone was founded by the Normans who arrived in Sicily
headed by Count Roger of Hauteville in order to fight against the Arabs. The
first inhabitant were the “Lombards”, families of Roger’s army
coming from Monferrato Region near Turin (North Italy).
After the Normans the Svevians with “Rubeo the red” occupied the
territory. In 1282, Aidone lived the”Sicilian Vespri” (the rebellion
against the Angevins) and subsequntely it was controlled by the Aragonesian
from 1282 until 1516. In 1693 Aidone suffered many damnages caused by a terrible
Thanks to Bourbon domination (1700-1860) a new middle class grew who directed
the fights that brought the Italian Unification. The economy of Aidone is
based on agriculture , wheat, olives and livestock breeding.