Gela The Essential
Founded by settlers from Crete and Rhodes around the late 7C BC in one of Sicily's most fertile areas, Gela became a wealthy city with great cultural influence (it was here that Aeschylus spent the last years of his life). Having been destroyed several times over the centuries, the town was completely rebuilt by Frederick II in 1230. Today, its economy is largely dependent on the oil industry.
The plateia (or Roman decumanus, main