|The province of Palermo
Alia (Zip Code 90021) is 93 km. distant from Agrigento, 68 km. from Caltanissetta, 180 km. from Catania, 83 km. from Enna, 244 km. from Messina, 74 km. from Palermo, which province it belongs to, 208 km. from Ragusa, 284 km. from Siracusa, 173 km. from Trapani.
The municipality has 4.086 inhabitants and its area covers 4.567 hectares for a density of population of 89 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a hilly area and is placed 734 metres above sea-level.
The Town Hall is in via Reg. Elena, tel. ++39 91 8210911 fax. ++39 91 8214013. E-mail address is: email@example.com.
Alia is an agricultural small town placed on a steep slope. Among its products we can find cereals, olives, legumes, wine and prickly pears. Cattle, sheep and swine breedings are industrious as well as the production of cheese. The name of Alia derives from arabic word Alyah that means high, elevated.
Photo © Municipality of Alia
During the Mussulman domination till the XV century, some historical sources report the presence of a country house in Lalia's territory.
In 1557 the feud of Alia was acquired by the Spanish Luca Cifuentes, who gave it as a dowry to his daughter Francesca, bride of the marquise of Santa Croce (St. Cross), Pietro Celestri.
He in 1615 gained, by the king Filippo III, the permission to populate the feud. The permission became executive in 1623.
The Santa Croce family died in the early years of XIX century so the feud became a property of princes Sant'Elia which remained their for all the century.
In the monumental field there are the Cathedral Church or Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Graces, the town's matron, that was founded in 1639; the Mausoleum of the Gagini's school; the Peace Monument and Guccione Residence in liberty style, belongs to the end of 1800.
A very evocative element that is in the place where the town rises is the back mountain that belongs to mountainous chain of Madonne. It is 966 metres high and is simply called by people A muntagna (the mountain).