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Altofonte (Palermo Province) is 11 km. from Palermo, alt. 350 m., on the northern slopes of Monte La Moarda, overlooking the Oreto valley, area 35.3 sq. km., pop. over 8800, post-code 90030, tel. 091. Agricultural economy: citrus fruit, almonds, olives, grapes.

This was a residence and hunting ground of the kings of Sicily, so it was called "Parco" (park) until 1930. Roger II built a palace here, where Peter II of Aragon was later born. In 1307, Frederick of Aragon gave the park and the palace to the Cistercians, who transformed it into a convent, called the Convento di Santa Maria d'Altofonte, because of the abundance of springs in the upper part of the village (Altofonte = high spring).

Of interest is the Palazzo del Parco.

Churches (Monreale Diocese) include the following:
Santa Maria d'Altofonte (Chiesa Madre, built in 1618, incorporating the original marble high altar and a bas-relief with the Madonna di Altofonte, 1328)
Sacra Famiglia
San Giuseppe in Piano Maglio (Blandino - suburb of Altofonte)

Families researched in these records include the following:
lo Biondo

Links to other sites about Altofonte include:
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Sicilian Net

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily - 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 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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