The province of Agrigento



A panoramic view of Canittì
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Canicattì (Zip Code 92024) is 38 Km. distant from Agrigento, the province it belongs to, 34 Km. from Caltanissetta, 160 Km. from Catania, 69 Km. from Enna, 256 Km. from Messina, 150 Km. from Palermo, 132 Km. from Ragusa, 212 Km. from Siracusa, 211 Km. from Trapani.

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The church of San Diego

The municipality counts 33.208 inhabitants, its surface measures 9.142 hectares, and its population density is of 363 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on an a hilly area, 420 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in corso Umberto I, tel. ++39 0922-853020 fax. ++39 0922-734207, toll free number 800012303 (only for italian residence).

Big agricultural center, Canicattì stands out because of the production of almonds, olives, and the renowned table grapes called "Italia", annually exhibited during the Italia grapes' Festival in October. Wooden handicraft is of great value.

The name Canicattì derives from the Arab term Ayn-at-tin, that means "the source of mud". The medieval suburb was founded during the XIV century by the Palmeri family from Naro. Approximately in 1448, it was acquired by Lord Andrea de Crescenzio.

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Church of Purgatorio

Subsequently, the noble Bonanno family acquired the lordship, and they had various art work erected, among which the magnificent baroque Fountain, that is visible to this day. In 1819, the town became autonomous.

Among the town's famous monuments, the Chiesa di S. Diego and its beautiful plasters of the XVIII century, the Chiesa del Purgatorio typical of the eighteenth century, and the Chiesa di S. Francesco, rich of paintings.

Magnificent are the urbanist structures such as the Castello Bonanno, the Torre dell'Orologio (clock tower), the Palace of Baron La Lomia, XVIII century, and the Bartocelli Palace, once seat of King Federico II.

Canicattì was the homeland of a famous and brave General, Luigi Gangitano (1862-1939), who fought in Eritrea, in Lebanon, and during the First World War.

He was nominated National President of the Families of those who died during the war, and was also commemorated by the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio.

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