The province of Palermo



The town of Ciminna
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Ciminna (Zip Code 90023) is 121 km. distant from Agrigento, 124 km. from Caltanissetta, 219 km. from Catania, 141 km. from Enna, 252 km. from Messina, 42 km. from Palermo, which province it belongs to, 257 km. from Ragusa, 313 km. from Siracusa, 141 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 4.308 inhabitants and an area that covers 5.634 hectares for a density of population of 76 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on an internal hilly area placed 450 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in via Dott. Vito Graziano n. 1, tel. ++39 091-8204220 fax. ++39 091-8293300.

Small village placed in a valley it has an agricultural production that produces corn, olives, grapes, vegetables, almond and broad beans. Also wood and iron handicraft is present.

Ciminna originary was probably an Arabic hamlet of Hasù full of plantations. There are several ruins dated back to Punic and Roman age that can be testify it. Under Norman domination, at the foot of a castle whose remains can be find, rose the ancient village that now correspnds to the present town. In the XVI century it was raised to ducky by the feudal domination of the Ventimiglia and such it remained also under the Griffeo princes of Partanna who used it as their lasting residence.

Look at the monuments we can see the Cathedral Church, rebuilt about in 1500 on an ancient structure, it still keeps the old rose-window in Gothic style and the imposing bell-tower; the church of St. Domenico, inside there is the statue by Gagini, a polyptych exemplary of Cinquecento and some paintings by Francesco Gigante that are kept in the Church of Purgatory erected about in the XV century.

Vituzzi is the religious nickname of inhabitants of Ciminna (Ciminnesi). In fact they are very devout to St. Vito, a Sicilian saint, patron of the small town.

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