Renamed "city of science" because it houses the Ettore Maiorana science centre, the small town has always been the place of myth and beauty. Some historians have recognized it as being one of the towns described by Virgilius in the "Eneide" and it is a rare example of perfectly preserved medieval town. The small paved and silent narrow streets where overlook flowered courtyards, the fog, which often envelopes the town centre, give the illusion of a magical place outside time. The surrounding panoramic landscape is breathtaking and touching. The small town still preserves some local traditions, as the production of the sweet smelling almond biscuits and cakes whose secret recipe was stolen from the jealous nuns of seclusion, and the typical multicoloured hand woven carpets.