On-Site Italian Research
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The existence of a hamlet, called San Giacomo di Bombinetto, is recorded in the 16th Century This was destroyed by the earthquake in 1693. The modern town was founded in the 18th Century by Placido Notarbartolo, second Duke of Villarosa, with the name of San Giacomo di Villarosa.
The town spread out considerably in the second half of the 19th Century, thanks the exploitation of nearby sulphur mines. The rectangular layout of the town was planned with mathematical precision by the painter Rosa Ciotti of Resuttano.
Nearby is Lake Villarosa.
Churches (Piazza Armerina Diocese) include the following:
Families researched in those records include the following:
Links to other sites about Villarosa include:
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