|The province of Palermo
Prizzi (Zip Code 90038) is 93 km. far from Agrigento, 73 km. from Caltanissetta, 215 km. from Catania, 123 km. from Enna, 273 km. from Messina, 79 km. from Palermo, which province it belongs to, 229 km. from Ragusa, 274 km. from Siracusa, 157 km. from Trapani.
The municipality has 6.149 inhabitants and an area of 9.503 hectares for a density of population of 65 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a mountainous internal area and is 1.045 metres above sea-level.
The Town Hall is placed in corso Umberto I, tel. ++39 091-8346168 fax. ++39 091-8346171.
The main agricultural products are cereals and dairying products. Important are cattle, sheep and horse breedings. Peculiar are wood and iron workings, carpets' weaving and embroideries.
The name of Prizzi derives from Greek and means fire. Information about the inhabited centre are uncertain and connect it to a settlement in the locality of Hyppana placed on the Mountain of the Horses where an elime fortress was already existent.
Photo © Edizioni Leopardi
From the XII century Prizzi has become a feudal village and was given to Monastery of St. Angelo, a property of the Cistercians. In the XIII and XIV centuries it came into domination of Bonanno and remained until 1812 when feudal duties were abolished.
In the artistical field there are the Cathedral Church of XVI century built on the original Chiesa di S. Giorgio (Church of St. George); the Chiesa del Crocifisso (Church of Crucifix) of 1706 typical baroque made. Of the medieval Castle we have only some ruins.
Peculiar of Prizzi is the so-called "Ballo dei Diavoli" (Dance of Devils) that takes place on Easter Sunday and represents the fight between good and evil.