|The province of Agrigento
San Giovanni Gemini
San Giovanni Gemini (Zip Code 92020) is 45 Km. distant from Agrigento, the province it belongs to, 67 Km. from Caltanissetta, 200 Km. from Catania, 108 Km. from Enna, 283 Km. from Messina, 94 Km. from Palermo, 181 Km. from Ragusa, 262 Km. from Siracusa, 193 Km. from Trapani.
The municipality counts 8.457 inhabitants, its surface measures 2.630 hectares, and its population density is of 322 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on an internal mountain area, 672 meters above the sea-level.
Photo © Roberto Meli
The Town Hall is located in via Roma, tel. ++39 0922-903314 fax. ++39 0922-903336.
Situated on the slopes of Mountain Cammarata, San Giovanni Gemini boasts a rich production of cereals, citrus fruits, olives, almonds, "fave" beans, and fruit.
Cattle breeding and sheep farms are flourishing. The handicraft activity is characterized by wooden, wrought iron, and ceramic objects. There are numerous rock-salt mines and sand quarries all through the land.
Originally, the town was called San Giovanni di Cammarata due to the closeness of the homonymous mountain. In 1879, it was changed into "San Giovanni Gemini" because two equally high hills rise in the surroundings, precisely called "Gemelli" (twins).
The suburb was founded in 1451 by the Count of Cammarata Federico I Abatellis. Back in the days, it experienced a substantial economical and demographic growth, that induced the town's new lord, don Ercole Branciforte, to distinctively separate the two neighboring territories of Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini.
In 1708, the town was bestowed to Count don Luigi Moncada, whose family ruled until the abolition of feudality.
The most distinctive monuments are the XVII century Chiesa Madre dedicated to S. Giovanni Battista, that preserves a gorgeous wooden crucifix and an urn, both dated 1700.
Of remarkable interest is also the Chiesa del Carmine and the nearby XVI century convent.