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Altavilla Milicia (Zip Code 90010) is 126 km. far from Agrigento, 121 km. from Caltanissetta, 214 km. from Catania, 122 km. from Enna, 235 km. from Messina, 24 km. from Palermo, which province it belongs to, 262 km. from Ragusa, 312 km. from Siracusa, 123 km. from Trapani.
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The municipality has 5.513 inhabitants and its area covers 2.379 hectares for a density of population of 232 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a hilly area near the coast and is 70 metres above sea-level.
The Town Hall is placed in via Loreto n. 80, tel. ++39 091-951275 fax. ++39 091-951826.
Important in the agricultural field, besides citrus fruit, also olive trees and vine.
The small town took its name from Altavilla, in honour of the most powerful Norman family whose leaders were the Great Count Ruggero and his brother Roberto the Guiscardo. They about 1060 began to conquer Sicily and rid it of Arabian domination.
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The appositive Milicia was added in 1862 and derived from the near river to differentiate it from the others already present.
At the early of XVII century the centre was founded by the marquise Sambuca Beccadelli on a existent small settling down. Altavilla Milicia then changed from him to Bologna family and remained for all the century.
Destination of pilgrimages is now the Cathedral Church, consecrated to Madonna of Loreto, inside the present museum of popular religiousness that keeps a great quantity of ex vows painted on glass, tin and wood.
The church and the baronial palace Beccadelli are placed in an unusual position: they are side to side on a long panoramic with a large view of the coast.