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Favara (Agrigento Province) is 13 km. from Agrigento, alt. 338 m., on the bank of the River Naro, area 81 sq. km., pop. over 32,500, post-code 92026, tel. 0922. Economy: agriculture (cereals, almonds, pistachio nuts, grapes); wine.

The name of the town is of Arabic origin (Fawwara = water source). The town developed towards the 13th century around the castle built in the second half of that century by Frederico II Chiaromonte. Strategically located at the center of a network of travel routes, and with an abundance of water, Favara fourished under the Chiaromonte family, who were its lords for about a century. At the end of the 14th century, the town passed to the Parapertusas, then to the De Marinis, and finally to the Aragona Pignatelli e Cortes family.

Of interest is the Castle. A Roman villa dating to the 1st century AD with moasic baths has been discovered near the town. At Contrada Stefano there is a Bronze Age necropolis with about 260 burial niches.

Churches (Agrigento Diocese) include the following:
B.M.V. del Carmelo
B.M.V. del Monte Carmelo
B.M.V. del Transito
B.M.V. dell'Itria
B.M.V. Mediatrice di Tutte Le Grazie
S. Antonio di Padova
S. Calogero
S. Giuseppe Artigiano
S. Vito
San Giacomo (Chiesa Madre, 17th century, historic)
SS. Apostoli Pietro e Paolo

Links to other sites about Favara 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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