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Petralia Sottana (Palermo Province) is 105 km. from Palermo, alt. 1,000 m., in the eastern Madonie, on the River Imera North, area 178.04 sq. km., pop. over 3,700, post-code 90027, tel. 0921. Economy: agriculture, (cereals, wine), sheep-farming (cheese, wool), foodstuff industries.

The town developed around the Norman castle in the 14th century. It is referred to as Petralia inferior, to distinguish it from Petralia superior, or Soprana.

On the first Sunday after the festivity of Ferragosto (15th August) is the Ballo-pantomima della Cordella (Rope Dance) and traditional nuptial procession.

Churches (Cefalu Diocese) include the following:
Maria SS. Assunta (17th century)
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Fontana (16th century, historic)
Chiesa della Misericordia (16th century, historic)
Chiesa della Santissima Trinita (15th century, historic)
Madonna delle Nevi (Piano Battaglia - suburb of Petralia Sottana)

Families researched in those records include the following:
Di Maria
Lo Dico

Links to other sites about Petralia Sottana include:
Petralia Sottana
Petralia Sottana Photos
Petralie Photos
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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