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Canicatti (Agrigento Province) is 35 km. from Agrigento, alt. 465 m., in the upper Naro Valley, on the southern slopes of the Serra Bardaro, area 91.4 sq. km., pop. over 33,000, post-code 92024, tel. 0922. Economy: agriculture (grapes, olives, almonds), service industries.
The name, which comes from the Arabic al-Qatah, refers to a fortification dating from the Arab period. A fief of the Palmeri family and then of the De Crescenzis, who enlarged the town in 1467. Canicatti finally belonged to the Bonanno family from 1507 to 1819.
Of interest is the Bonanno Castle and the 17th century Clock Tower and Fountain of Neptune. In the suburb of Vito Soldano is an archaelogical site with Roman-Byzantine thermal baths and other buildings of the same period.
A Grape Festival is held here at the end of September or beginning of October.
Churches (Agrigento Diocese) include the following:
San Pancrazio Vesc. Mart. (Matrice, 18th century) (Baptisms & deaths from 1583, marriages from 1579)
Chiesa del Purgatorio (historic)
Chiesa della Madonna della Rocca (historic)
Chiesa dello Spirito Santo (historic, 1633)
S. Francesco d'Assisi
San Diego (Chiesa Madre)
Families researched in those records include the following:ArgentoCarlinoChiaranzaCurolodi Judicedi Luciadi NataleFarrugioGuadagninoLeoneLo GiudiceMannoraMartinesMaruzzelloMessanaMilazzoPalermoPiazzaSciabbica
Links to other sites about Canicatti include:
Italian Postal Codes
My latest book on CD is titled Sicily, Part 1 and Part 2 is now available on 2 CDs. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.
© Kathy Kirkpatrick 1997-2012
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