The province of Ragusa



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Ispica (Zip Code 97014) is 188 Km. distant from Agrigento, 193 Km. from Caltanissetta, 112 Km. from Catania, 197 Km. from Enna, 208 Km. from Messina, 335 Km. from Palermo, 34 Km. from Ragusa, that is the province it belongs to, 54 Km. from Siracusa, 361 Km. from Trapani.

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Maggiore Square

The municipality has 14.700 inhabitants, its surface measures 11.352  hectares and its population density counts 129 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a flat area, 691 metres above the sea level.

The Town Hall is located in via Umberto I n. 45, tel. 0932-701111 fax. ++39 0932-950450.

The main economical activites are agriculture (carrots, grapes and fruit), cattle breeding (cows) and production of wooden and wrought iron handicrafts.

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The original name of Ispica was Ispra, changed in Roman age in Ispicae Fundus. In medieval age it was changed in Spaccaforno, and took the current name just after 1935.

Archaeological ruins dated back to the prehistory document the presence of men since that time; anyway, the first evidence of the existence of the village dates back to the 12th century, and it is Pope Alessandro III's bull (1168), which assigned the churches in Spaccaforno to Siracusa's bishop.

The village belonged to many lords: the Chiaramontes, the Cabreras, the Carusos and finally, the Statellas, who governed it up to 1812.

The town, destroyed by the earthquake in 1693, was rebuilt in higher location.

The church of S. Maria Maggiore, the church of S. Maria dell'Annunziata (18th century), the Mother Church, started in the 18th century and finished last century are architecturally very important.

Photo © Affinità Elettive Cava d'Ispica

Also the archaeological sites are very interesting; the Parco della Forza, situated right where the old town of Spaccaforno had been erected, and the characteristic Cava d'Ispica, preserving Neolithic and Troglodytic dwellings.

A curiousity related to Ispica goes back to the battle of Milazzo, July 20 1860, when a man from Ispica, Count Vincenzo Statella, saved Garibaldi's life.

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