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The province of Catania

San Cono

A panoramic of San Cono
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San Cono (Zip Code 95040) is 109 Km. distant from Agrigento, 71 Km. from Caltanissetta, 96 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 50 Km. from Enna, 192 Km. from Messina, 213 Km. from Palermo, 91 Km. from Ragusa, 124 Km. from Siracusa, 282 Km. from Trapani.

Copyright © A.p.t. Catania The Church of San Cono

The municipality counts 3.858 inhabitants, its surface measure 656 hectares, and its population density counts 588 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over an internal hilly area, 525 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza Antonio Gramsci, tel. ++39 0933-970100 fax. ++39 0933-970803.

A charming agricultural town, San Cono is outstanding for the rich production of fruit, artichokes, grapes, cereals, and excellent Indian figs (also utilized for the production of hand made ice cream), that can be tasted during the annual Indian Fig Festival, held in the month of October.

The town was named San Cono in 1785 by its founders, the Trigonia dukes from Floresta, in honor of the homonymous saint who lived from 1139 to 1236. The town was founded with "licentia populandi" granted by the vice king Domenico Caracciolo, and it initially belonged to the county of Grassulitano.

Copyright © A.p.t. Catania The Church of Crocifisso

In 1883, the Duke Trigonia divided the territory in several parts, renting them to the town's inhabitants. The suburb belonged to this noble family for a long time, as a marquisate, until the abolition of the feudal rights.

Architecturally interesting are the Chiesa Madre built in 1838, and its beautiful lateral bell tower internally enriched by splendid bass relief stuccoes, the Chiesa dello Spirito Santo preserving a statue of San Cono, and the Chiesa del Crocifisso erected in 1900. The Palazzo Baronale is very interesting as well, and only few of its remains are visible today.