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Siculiana

The city of Siculiana
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Siculiana (Zip Code 92010) is 13 Km. distant from Agrigento, the province it belongs to, 85 Km. from Caltanissetta, 105 Km. from Catania, 124 Km. from Enna, 301 Km. from Messina, 148 Km. from Palermo, 149 Km. from Ragusa, 230 Km. from Siracusa, 160 Km. from Trapani.

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The municipality counts 5.041 inhabitants, its surface measures 4.058 hectares, and its population density is of 124 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on an internal hilly area, 129 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza Kennedy, tel. ++39 0922-815105 fax. ++39 0922-815075.

Situated on a fertile hill, Siculiana is outstanding for the rich production of grapes, almonds, vegetables, fruit, and cereals. Cattle breeding is remarkable because of the numerous pasture areas.

The name derives from the Latin term Siculius, meaning "di gente sicula" (of the Sicilian people).

During the Arab era, there was already a fortified castle, that was then destroyed by the Normans during the XI century. In 1310, lord Federico Chiaramonte, baron of the suburb, had a Castle built that became his residence.

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The current center was founded as of the XV century, thanks to the Catalan nobleman Gilberto Isfar. Afterwards, it became possession respectively of the Bosco, Filangieri, and Bonanno families. This last family owned the town until the abolition of the feudal regime.

Some of the most outstanding monuments are the baroque style Chiesa Madre dedicated to S. Leonardo, that beholds the chapel of the SS. Crocifisso town's patron, and the sixteenth century Torre di Monterosso, erected for defense purposes.

A notorious man from Siculiana was Vincenzo Sinagra (1899-1973), a  famous jurist who taught within the Universities of Catania and Palermo, and was devoted to issues regarding Workers' Rights.