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Montagnareale

 

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Montagnareale (Zip Code 98060) is 262 km. distant from Agrigento, 202 km. from Caltanissetta, 118 km. from Catania, 161 km. from Enna, 79 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 188 km. from Palermo, 222 km. from Ragusa, 176 km. from Siracusa, 287 km. from Trapani.

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The municipality has 1.859 inhabitants and an area of 1.623 hectares for a population density of 115 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises along the coast on a hilly area and is 328 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in via Vittorio Emanuele n. 1, tel. ++39 941 315018 fax. ++39 941 315235.

Montagnareale is prevalently an agricultural centre. Products mostly cultivated are citrus fruit, cereals, hazel-nuts, acorns, wine-grapes, olives, fruit and excellent chestnuts which can be tasted in the yearly Festival of the Chestnut that takes place in October.

The original name of the village has been Montagna till up to the XVII century. Then duke of Montagna Ascanio Ansalone was named "Regent of Italy" in Madrid and for this reason it assumed the current name.

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It has belonged to diocese of Patti till up to 1642 and was acquired by Giovanni Ambrosio Scribani and later given by him to the noble Ascanio Ansaldo. It has belonged to different feudal lords like Antonio Corvaja and Filippo Vianisi.

Important is the procession in honour of Maria Santissima which takes place every year on 15 August. During it some men, the so-called flagellati, hit themselves with some iron rings and got before the Cathedral Church, they go on their knees until the high altar to approach to Communion.

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