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The province of Enna

Aidone

View of Aidone and of its verdeggiante territory
Copyright © 2001 Municipality of Aidone
 

Aidone (Zip Code 94010) is 128 Km. distant from Agrigento, 56 Km. from Caltanissetta, 68 Km. from Catania, 39 Km. from Enna, which is the province it belongs to, 164 Km. from Messina, 198 Km. from Palermo, 118 Km. from Ragusa, 126 Km. from Siracusa, 305 Km. from Trapani.

The municipality counts 6.783 inhabitants, its surface measures 20.986 hectares, and its population density counts 32 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over an internal hilly area, 800 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza Umberto I, tel. ++39 0935 87888 fax. ++39 0935 87477. E-mail address is: comunediaidone.comunedia@tin.it.

Situated on the homonymous mountain, Aidone is outstanding for the conspicuous production of wheat, grapes, walnuts, almonds, olives, and citrus fruits. Cattle breeding and sheep farms are flourishing because of the vast pasture areas.

Copyright © 2001 Municipalite of Aidone The church of Sant'Antonio Abate and the bell tower of 700

The town's name derives from the Greek term Aidon, that means nightingale due to the substantial passerine presence. The first inhabited center rose in the XII century, when a castle was erected on a pre-existent Arab farmhouse near the priorate of Santa Maria La Cava. The suburb experiencedthe Norman dominion and, approximatelyin 1200, is was bestowed to lord Manfredi Chiaramonte. In 1373 it was a possession of nobleman Bartolomeo Gioieni, thus of  Bartolomeo Perone and ultimately of the Rosso family until the abolition of the feudal rights.

The most outstanding monuments are the Church of S. Maria La Cava of 1134, preserving an apse of 1300, the Church of S. Antonio Abate with its splendid Romanesque architecture, the XV century Church of S. Anna, and the Matrice of the XVII century, dedicated to S. Lorenzo. The Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall building) built in the XVIII century is noteworthy.

Aidone was the hometown of Filippo Còrdova (1811-1868), who Cavour defined as "the most important politician of Southern Italy" because of the numerous and important public appointments he wasconferred; he was also the promoter of the Corte dei Conti (Audit office) and of the Consiglio di Stato (Council of State).