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Maniace (Zip Code 95030) is 204 Km. distant from Agrigento, 136 Km. from Caltanissetta, 59 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 93 Km. from Enna, 100 Km. from Messina, 208 Km. from Palermo, 198 Km. from Ragusa, 117 Km. from Siracusa, 307 Km. from Trapani.
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The municipality counts 3.312 inhabitants, its surface measures 3.587 hectares, and its population density counts 92 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a hilly area, 700 meters above the sea-level.
Situated over a fertile valley crossed by the Simeto river, Maniace is outstanding for the rich production of apples, wine grapes, and excellent peaches and pears, that can be tasted during the annual Peaches and Pears Festival, held from the 1st to the 16th of August.
Cattle breeding and sheep farms are also developed, exhibited every year during the Cattle Fair in the months of November, May, and August.
The town was named in 1038 by its founder, the Byzantine General Giorgio Maniace. He had an abbey erected to commemorate the victory and the expulsion of the Saracens.
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During the Middle Ages, a castle was built near the abbey, and the first suburb rose and grew in such surroundings.
Throughout the years, it belonged to the English nobles Bridport, descendants of Admiral Orazio Nelson, who had received the town as a gift from the Bourbons, after his naval victory at the lead of the French fleet in 1798 on the Nile river.
As of 1981, the town acquired its independence. The remains of the ancient Norman castle are beautiful to visit.
The famous poet William Sharp (1855-1905), a strong exponent of the English Romanticism, is buried in the town's cemetery.