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Valguarnera Caropepe (Enna Province) is 25 km from Enna, alt. 590 m, in the Monti Erei, on the watershed hill between the Rivers Dittaino and Gonalunga, area 9.3 sq km, pop. 9,231, post-code 94019, tel. 0935. Agricultural economy (cereal, almonds, hazelnuts, olives).

In the Rossomanno Hills (q.v.), between Valguarnera Caropepe and Aidone, some indigenous settlements, later Hellenized, have been discovered, dating from the 14th-12th Century BC.

The modern town was founded in 1628 by Francesco Valguarnera on the site of a pre-existing hamlet which itself was founded in 14th c. under the lordship of Lamberto Caropepe.

Valguarnera Caropepe is an important agricultural center; it was also a mining center until the nearby sulphur mines ceased to operate.

Churches (Piazza Armerina Diocese) include the following:
San Cristoforo (Chiesa Madre)
San Francesco di Paola
San Giuseppe
Maria Ausiliatrice e San Giovanni Bosco

Families researched in those records include the following:
di Salafani

Links to other sites about Valguarnera Caropepe include:
Sicilian Net

My latest book on CD is titled Agrigento, Palermo and Catania Provinces (Italy) - A Reference for Researchers and is now available. 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 600 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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