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The province of Trapani

Poggioreale

The town of Poggioreale
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Poggioreale (Zip Code 91020) is 120 km. distant from Agrigento, 190 km. from Caltanissetta, 312 km. from Catania, 231 km. from Enna, 320 km. from Messina, 61 km. from Palermo, 256 km. from Ragusa, 337 km. from Siracusa, 67 km. from Trapani which province it belongs to.

The municipality has 1.809 inhabitants and an area of 3.752 hectares for a density of population of 48 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises in a hilly area, 393 metres above sea-level.

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The Town Hall is in via Ximenes, tel. ++39 924 75777 fax. ++39 924 71121. E-mail address is: comune@poggioreale.com.

Its land produce corn, olives, melons, vegetables, table and wine grapes. Cattle and sheep breedings are present too.

The name of Poggioreale derives from Medieval Latin Podium regale (seat worthy of a king). It rises as agricultural centre, founded by Francesco Morso in 1642.

In 1968 a heavy earthquake struck the Belice's valley and caused the destruction almost of 80% of Poggioreale. Then it was rebuilt in Mandria di Mezzo quarter. This new installation is divided into three laid upon bastions, each of them is formed by a residential nucleus that is arranged like a ring round the circular square.

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In the Artistic field stand out a monument erected to the Victims of the Earthquake of 1968 and the war memorial; besides very interesting is the Crib a Murano's glasswork.

A peculiarity of Poggiorealesi is the name used to call them Finucchiara, due to the rich production of fennels.