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Veduta panoramica del paese
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Veduta panoramica del paese

Gratteri (Zip Code 90010) is 152 km. far from Agrigento, 154 km. from Caltanissetta, 207 km. from Catania, 135 km. from Enna, 209 km. from Messina, 78 km. from Palermo, which province it belongs to, 280 km. from Ragusa, 265 km. from Siracusa, 177 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 1.195 inhabitants and an area of 3.846 hectares for a density of population of 31 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on coastal hilly area and is placed 657 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is in piazza Monumento n. 4, tel. ++39 0921-429214 fax. ++39 0921-429592.

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The main agricultural products are cereals, olives, chestnuts and almonds. Important the handicraft and crochet works that are shown in the crochet-hook show in August.

Gratteri derives from Greek kratèr that means basin.

Originally it was a Byzantine fortress conquered by the Muslims between 835 and 838.

The first inhabited nucleus rose towards the end of the XIII century by the Lords Ventimiglia who built a castle now destroyed.  

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Matrice Vecchia

The present town nucleus was built in the XVI century in the same place where previously a torrent flowed.

Its monuments are the Old Matrix erected by the Ventimiglia and inside there are preserved some graves of the family. It is also possible to visit the Church of St. Maria del Gesù the oldest church of Gratteri.

In the history we find the name of Giacomo Oddo from Gratteri who bravely fought side to side to Garibaldi first in Sicily then in Trentino Alto Adige. He wrote some books about Garibaldian actions.

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