The province of Enna

Leonforte

 

A panoramic view of Leonforte
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Leonforte (Zip Code 94013) is 137 Km. distant from Agrigento, 65 Km. from Caltanissetta, 84 Km. from Catania, 24 Km. from Enna, which is the province it belongs to, 169 Km. from Messina, 173 Km. from Palermo, 146 Km. from Ragusa, 142 Km. from Siracusa, 272 Km. from Trapani.

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The Granfonte fountain

The municipality counts 14.539 inhabitants, its surface measures 8.409 hectares, and its population density counts 173 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a hilly area, 600 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in corso Umberto n. 231, tel. ++39 935 665111 fax. ++39 935 902688. E-mail address is: comleonforte@creso.off-on.it.

A town with a prevalently agricultural economy, Leonforte boasts a rich production of wheat, citrus fruits, olive oil, the "large" type of fava beans, and excellent peaches, that can be tasted during the annual Peach Festival, held on the first Sunday of October.

Cattle breeding and sheep farms are flourishing. Hand made embroideries are very typical.

The town was named Leonforte by Nicolò Placido Branciforte, Count of Raccuglia, who founded it in 1610.

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The Branciforte Palace

The suburb belonged to this family for a long period of time, and in 1622 it was appointed the status of princedom. Subsequently, it became an autonomous town.

The most relevant monument is the Church of the Cappuccini erected in 1630, that preserves two statues by Gagini (1478-1536), the bronze grave stone of Prince Nicolò Branciforte, and the sarcophagus of Princess Caterina Branciforte, both of the XVII° century.

Noteworthy are also the XVIII° century Chiesa Madre (Mother Church), and the eighteenth century Church of the Mercede.

The most outstanding urban architectures are the Branciforte Palace edified in 1610, and the luxurious Granfonte of 1649, a fountain with 24 spouts and a prospect with 22 arches.

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