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Naro (Agrigento Province) is 35 km. from Agrigento, alt. 500 m., in sight of the valley of the River Naro, area 207.5 sq. km., pop. over 10,100, post-code 92028, tel. 0922. Economy: agriculture, sheepfarming, small food and textile industries.

The town began to develop in the 12th century around an Arab hamlet, soon acquiring considerable strategic importance. A royal city under Frederick II, it was then a stronghold of the Chiaromonte family, until their fall, when it passed to the royal domain.

The Chiaromonte Castle dominates the town. It was built in the 14th century over a Norman structure. Of interest also is the Palazzo Gaetani, Palazzo Giacchetto (15th century), Palazzo Morillo (18th century), and Palazzo Destro (18th century). The former convent of the Friars Minor (13th century) now houses the town hall and the Biblioteca Feliciana (containing an illuminated 15th century codex, manuscripts, incunabula and archaelogical finds. Southwest of Naro, in the contrada Canale, is the Grotta delle Meraviglie, a Christian necropolis.

The Festa of San Calogero is held on 18 June.

Churches (Agrigento Diocese) include the following:
Maria SS. Annunziata (Chiesa Madre, 1619)
B.M.V. del Lume
Chiesa and Convento di Sant'Agostino (12th century, rebuilt in 18th century, historic)
Chiesa del SS. Salvatore (16th century, historic)
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (18th century, historic)
Chiesa di San Francesco (13th century, rebuilt in Baroque age, historic)
Chiesa di San Nicolo (Baroque, historic)
Maria SS. del Carmelo
S. Agostino
S. Francesco d'Assisi
S. Nicolo' di Bari
San Erasmo
San Nicolo in Santa Maria di Gesu
Sanctuary of San Calogero (16th century, historic)
Santa Caterina (Baroque facade)

Families researched in these records include the following:

Links to other sites about Naro 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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