|The province of Agrigento
Villafranca Sicula (Zip Code 92020) is 61 Km. distant from Agrigento, the province it belongs to, 131 Km. from Caltanissetta, 257 Km. from Catania, 172 Km. from Enna, 334 Km. from Messina, 98 Km. from Palermo, 197 Km. from Ragusa, 278 Km. from Siracusa, 133 Km. from Trapani.
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The municipality counts 1.672 inhabitants, its surface measures 1.768 hectares, and its population density if of 95 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a coastal hilly area, 326 meters above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is located in C. Vitt.Emanuele, tel. ++39 0925-550041 fax. ++39 0925-550043.
A charming agricultural town, Villafranca Sicula boasts a production of grapes, olives, fruit, wheat, citrus plantations, and almonds rich enough to sustain the town's economy. Cattle breeding and sheep farms are conspicuous because of numerous pasture areas.
The town was named Villafranca (literally "free villa") because of the absence of taxes. In 1863, the appositive "Sicula" was added, to distinguish it from the other six homonymous towns spread all through Italy.
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The first suburb was founded in 1499 by nobleman Antonio Alliata, over a land that had belonged to the S. Giorgio di Triocala monastery.
Approximately during 1600, the town's prince was Francesco Alliata who achieved the concession of the "mero e misto imperio", in other words, the absolute right to decide life or death over all of his citizens.
The town remained a property of this family until 1812, when it acquired its independence.
Some of the outstanding monuments are the sixteenth century Chiesa Madre that was however damaged by 1968's terrible earthquake that had devastated the entire Valle del Belice, the XVII century Chiesa di S. Giovanni characterized by its sole aisle, and the XVI century Chiesa del Carmine and Chiesa di S. Giuseppe.