|The province of Ragusa
Comiso (Zip Code 97013) is 117 Km. distant from Agrigento, 122 Km. from Caltanissetta, 123 Km. from Catania, 126 Km. from Enna, 219 Km. from Messina, 264 Km. from Palermo, 19 Km. from Ragusa, that is the province it belongs to, 100 Km. from Siracusa, 290 Km. from Trapani.
Photo © Luigi Nifosì
The municipality has 29.150 inhabitants, its surface measures 6.493 hectares and its population density counts 449 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a flat area, 209 metres above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is located in piazza Fonte Diana, tel. ++39 932 748111 fax. ++39 932 722579. E-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main economical activities are the cultivation of carobs, grapes, forage, citrus fruits, wheat, olives and fruit; cows and sheep breeding as well as the handicraft production of marble, wood and stone items. Embroidery and pottery are also very nice.
The name Comiso comes from the Arab Homs, which means the fifth part, that is the size of the land conquered and acquired directly by the kingdom. Some archaeological remains dated back to the 2nd century AD, testify the presence of a village during the Roman age. Anyway, the foundation of Comiso occurred in the 4th century AD in the Byzantin age and the growth of the town happened during the Norman and Aragonese dominations.
Photo © Luigi Nifosì
Under the control of the Nasellis, from 15th to 18th century, the town extended beyond the medieval walls and a notable increase in the population required more houses. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, it was rebuilt in Baroque style.
Amongst the most important monuments we mention the Mother Church, the Church of S.Francesco (13th century) preserving the Nasellis' tomb by A. Gagini, and the feudal castle of Naselli, a 14th century structure restored in 1575 and after 1693. Last but not least, the archaeological ruins of Camarina, the early Christian catacombs in Cava Porcaro and the Imperial Baths.
Amongst the most famous personalities from Comiso we include the historian and archaeologist Biagio Pace, who wrote Art and Civilization in old Sicily (four books), and the painter Salvatore Fiume.