The province of Enna

Valguarnera Caropepe


A panoramic view of the Valguarnera Caropepe
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Valguarnera Caropepe (Zip Code 94019) is 121 Km. distant from Agrigento, 49 Km. from Caltanissetta, 78 Km. from Catania, 24 Km. from Enna, which is the province it belongs to, 174 Km. from Messina, 182 Km. from Palermo, 125 Km. from Ragusa, 155 Km. from Siracusa, 281 Km. from Trapani.

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The Church San Giuseppe

The municipality counts 9.068 inhabitants, its surface measures 932 hectares, and its population density counts 973 per square kilometre. It rises over a hilly area, 600 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza della Repubblica, tel. ++39 0935-956001 fax. ++39 0935-956257.

A charming agricultural center, Valguarnera Caropepe boasts a conspicuous cultivation of wheat, almonds, walnuts, olives, and grapes, that can be tasted during the annual so-called Fiera Grande (Great Fair), held in the month of March. Strongly developed are cattle breeding and sheep farms, exhibited each May during the annual  Cattle Fair.

The name Caropepe derives from the Sicilian dialect Carrapipi, that is the name of the homonymous hill where the town rose. The acceptation "Valguarnera" was added in 1398 by the feudatory Tommaso Valguarnera, the town's founder.

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The Antiquarium

In 1626, the members of the noble Valguarnera family were appointed princes of the town, and they governed until the abolition of the feudal regime.

The most outstanding monuments are the Chiesa Madre (Mother Church) of the XVIII° century, that has three aisles, and the Palazzo del Municipio (Town Hall Building), situated in the premises of the ex  frumentarious mountain erected in the XVIII century.

One of Valguarnera's noteworthy citizens was Francesco Lanza (1897-1933), author of a fun book entitled Mimi siciliani (Sicilian mimes), where he describes in detail the traditions and costumes of Sicilian countrymen.

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