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The province of Palermo

Carini

Carini
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The Cathedral Church

Carini (Zip Code 90044) is 165 km. far from Agrigento, 168 km. from Caltanissetta, 275 km. from Catania, 187 km. from Enna, 285 km. from Messina, 26 km. from Palermo, which province it belongs to, 309 km. from Ragusa, 333 km. from Siracusa, 89 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 24.240 inhabitants and its area covers 7.686 hectares for a density of population of 315 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on a flat area and is 1 metre above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in via Municipio n. 3, tel. ++39 091-8660632 fax. 091-8661062. E-mail address is: comune-carini@neomedia.it.

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The Castle

Important in the agricultural field are citrus fruit, olives and grapes production.

The small town, in the ancient periods called Garinis, was built around the X century by the Arabs, not far from a sicanian settling called Hycara which was destroyed in 415 B.C. by the Athenian Nicia.

The town became a feud since the times of Normans; it was under the domination of Bonello family and then it came to La Grua who gained in 1403 the title of Princes.

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Mother Church Square

Interesting from artistical point of view are: the Castle, the Church of St. Vincenzo, the picturesque Duomo square with a fountain inside, the Church of St. Vito, the Cathedral Church and the Oratorio of the SS. Sacramento Company.

A character bound to this town is the baroness of Carini, Laura Lanza from Catania, famous for the familiar tragedy happened in 1563.

Her husband, Vincenzo La Grua, took a fancy to another woman so he made her father believe that his wife is unfaithful so that the father, the baron Cesare Lanza, to take off the shame, killed his daughter.