The province of Caltanissetta



A panoramic view of Niscemi
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The Church of Our Lady

Niscemi (Zip Code 93015) is 98 Km. distant from Agrigento, 85 Km. from Caltanissetta, which is the province it belongs to, 99 Km. from Catania, 89 Km. from Enna, 195 Km. from Messina, 227 Km. from Palermo, 59 Km. from Ragusa, 127 Km. from Siracusa, 326 Km. from Trapani.

The municipality counts 27.191 inhabitants, its surface measures 9.654 hectares, and its population density counts 282 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises over an internal hilly area, 332 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza Vittorio Emanuele n. 1, tel. ++39 0933-881111 fax. ++39 0933-951808.

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The Palace of town

Wheat, grapes, olives, and citrus fruits are the main agricultural products cultivated in town.

Particularly relevant are the artichokes, exhibited during the annual Sagra del Carciofo (artichoke festival), held during the month of April. Handcrafted wooden objects are typical.

The name Niscemi derives from the Arab term Nasciam, that means "elm tree".

The town's origins go back to 1626, when it was founded by Prince Giuseppe Branciforte of Butera, with "licentia populandi".

In 1627, Giuseppe Branciforte was nominated Prince of Niscemi by King Filippo IV.

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The Church of San Giuseppe  

The current urban center was rebuilt after 1693, year of the terrible earthquake that had razed the ancient feudal suburb to the ground.

The most outstanding monuments are the Chiesa dell'Addolorata, typically baroque and built between 1752 and 1784, and the Chiesa della Madonna del Bosco, of the XVIII century, characterized by its peculiar extended elliptic plan. The neo-classic style Palazzo Comunale, built in 1882, is exemplary.

One of the most notorious celebrities from Niscemi was Mario De Pasquale (1926-1970), art name Mario Gori, a remarkable poet, founder of the literary current called Trinacrismo, and director of two literary magazine called "Sciara" and "Soffitta". 

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