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Geraci Siculo (Palermo Province) is 120 km. from Palermo, alt. 1,077 m., in the Madonie, on the northeastern face of Pizzo Catarineci, area 113 sq. km., pop. over 2,200, post-code 90010, tel. 0921. Economy: handi-craft (wood, iron, stone carving, embroidery), argiculture and animal farming.

The Muslims conquered the town in 840. The Normans took it more than two centuries later. Geraci became a county capital. In 1440, it became the seat of the first Sicilian marquisate, that of the Ventimiglia family who had been its overlords since 1252. The town clustered around the Ventimiglias' Castle (now ruins) and still preserves in the upper part the narrow lanes of its Islamic origin.

Of intereset is the The Civic Library, the Town Records Office and the Madonie Museum.

In July, the Medieval Tournament of the Ventimiglia family is celebrated with chivalrous games in Geraci, Castelbuono, and Gangi.

Churches (Cefalu Diocese) include the following:
S. Maria Maggiore (Chiesa Madre)
Chiesa del Collegio di Maria (historic)
Santa Maria La Porta (15th century, historic)

Families researched in these records include the following:

Links to other sites about Geraci Siculo 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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