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Pietraperzia (Zip Code 94016) is 93 Km. distant from Agrigento, 21 Km. from Caltanissetta, 104 Km. from Catania, 39 Km. from Enna, which is the province it belongs to, 208 Km. from Messina, 163 Km. from Palermo, 120 Km. from Ragusa, 170 Km. from Siracusa, 262 Km. from Trapani.
Photo © Enna Sviluppo
The municipality counts 7.935 inhabitants, its surface measures 11.772 hectares, and its population density counts 67 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises above an internal hilly area, 476 meters above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is located in via S. Domenico n. 5, tel. ++39 0934-461053 fax. ++39 0934-461363.
A charming Middle Age style center, Pietraperzia boasts a rich production of cereals, almonds, olives, pistachios, and wine grapes. The local handicrafts are flourishing, especially as per wrought iron and ceramic objects, embroideries, cabinet making, restorations, and jam production.
The name Petraperzia derives from the Sicilian dialect term petri pirciati, that means "riddled stones" because of the substantial presence throughout the territory of riddled stones, remains of prehistorical tombs.
The first inhabited center rose in the surroundings of a fortified castle built by the Sicilians. Subsequently, it became residence of the Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, and Arabs.
Photo © Municipality of Pietraperzia
The current suburb was established by Count Ruggero of Altavilla, and afterwards it belonged to the Barresi family, appointed barons until 1564, thus princes of Pietraperzia. The town was subsequently subjugated by the Branciforte dynasty, who beheld it until the abolition of the feudal rights.
The most outstanding monuments are the Chiesa Madre (Mother church) of S. Maria of the XVI century, preserving the sarcophagus of Prince Matteo Barresi, the Church of the Rosary with a rich baroque facade, and the ex Convent of S. Domenico, today seat of the Town Hall.
The urban architectures are notorious, such as the Norman Castle and the Palazzo del Governatore (Governor's palace), characterized by a majestic Gothic portal.