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Palma di Montechiaro

The town of Palma di Montechiaro
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Palma di Montechiaro (Zip Code 92020) is 27 Km. distant from Agrigento, the province it belongs to, 59 Km. from Caltanissetta, 147 Km. from Catania, 100 Km. from Enna, 243 Km. from Messina, 166 Km. from Palermo, 91 Km. from Ragusa, 172 Km. from Siracusa, 200 Km. from Trapani.

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The municipality counts 24.895 inhabitants, its surface measures 7.636 hectares, and its population density is of 326 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on a hilly area, 165 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in Villa Giordano, tel. 0922-799111 fax ++39 0922-963279.

A big agricultural center situated on the slopes of Monte Pozzillo, Palma di Montechiaro boasts a rich production of grapes, almonds, olives, and yellow melons. Conspicuous are the town's cattle breeding and the fishing resources.

The town was named Palma by Duke Carlo De Caro, who founded it in 1637, to honor his family's emblem represented by a palm tree, symbol of glory.

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Throughout the XV century, the suburb belonged to the De Caro princes, until it passed through matrimony to the Lords Tomasi of Pelagie (Lampedusa and Linosa), in 1500. In 1812 the town achieved its independence.

The appositive "Montechiaro" was added in 1863 only, because of the proximity of the homonymous castle of the Chiaramonte family.

The most outstanding documents are the XVII century Palazzo Ducale, the neo-classic style Chiesa del SS. Rosario and the Chiesa Madre, that beholds the tomb of the astronomer Giovanni B. Odierna (1579-1660).

Interesting is also the Benedictine Monastery of Maria SS. del Rosario, and the Torre di S. Carlo, a tower erected during the XVII century by Prince Carlo Tomasi of Pelagie (Lampedusa e Linosa).