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Mazzarrone

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Mazzarrone (Zip Code 95040) is 157 Km. distant from Agrigento, 128 Km. from Caltanissetta, 88 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 109 Km. from Enna, 185 Km. from Messina, 270 Km. from Palermo, 103 Km. from Ragusa, 111 Km. from Siracusa, 384 Km from Trapani.

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The municipality counts 3.632 inhabitants, its surface measures 3.347 hectares, and its population density counts 109 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a hilly area, 285 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in P. S. Giuseppe n 1, tel. ++39 0933-33111 fax. ++39 0933-33120. E-mail address is: mazzs@mail.gte.it.

A charming agricultural center, Mazzarone is outstanding for the rich production of the so called "tarocco"  oranges, tangerines, lemons, legumes, fruit, and excellent grapes, that can be tasted during the annual Sagra dell'Uva (Grape Festival) held in the month of September.

Throughout the territory, there are numerous factories for the working and processing of citrus fruits, and small handicraft factories representing the town's main source of income.

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According to scholars, the name Mazzarone derives from the Greek term Marktorion, that means "impasto" (dough, mixture). According to others, it derives from the Arab etymology Makar, that means "felice" (happy).

The first inhabited center was founded by the Count of Mazzarone, who then bestowed it to the Monastery of the nearby town of San Pietro Clarenza. Subsequently, the feud belonged to marquise Motta, to the count of Gravina, to baron Jacono, and to princess Pignatelli, who divided it in equal parts. The current urban center was founded in 1976, when it became autonomous from the nearby town of Caltagirone, of which it had been a hamlet.

The urban setting has a nineteenth century style, reflected in some of the town's Palazzi Baronali (baronial buildings). The Chiesa di San Giuseppe, and the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario, both of the XVI century, are architecturally very interesting.