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Piazza Armerina (Enna Province) is 33 km from Enna, alt. 697 m, in the Monti Erei, area 303.04 sq km, pop. 22,549, post-code 94015, tel. 0935. Economy: agriculture (cereals, cheese, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, olives, grapes); handmade ceramics; industries (clothing, foodstuffs, paper, building materials, tools).

Traces of human settlements (houses and necropolises) are scattered throughout the area which because of its particular characteristics was certainly inhabited even in the remotests of epochs. In historical times it was probably the Greeks of Gela who founded the first city here. The Romans, fully appreciated the beauty of the place, and the Villa del Casale is the finest testimony of the fascination of Sicily.

The modern town is attributed to the Normans who fought the Arabs here and also fought among themselves, or rather against their Lombard allies, who suffered defeat and destruction, and later returned in large numbers under Frederick II. (The dialect spoken at Piazza Armerina reveals once again its ancient origins from the Lombard town Piacenza.)

The Archives and Museum of the Diocese of Piazza Armerina are located here.

Of interest is the Aragonese Castle (built the end of the 14th Century by King Martin I), the Palazzo di Citta, and the Roman Villa del Casale located in a pleasant little valley about 5 km from Piazza Armerina. It was built between the end of the 3rd Century and the beginning of the 4th, a luxurious dwelling in three distinct groups.

An important event is the Palio dei Normanni, a re-enactment of costume of the entrance of Count Roger into the city. This takes place on 14th and 15th of August every year.

The Diocese Archives are located at:
Curia Vescovile
Diocese di Piazza Armerina
Via La Bella, 3
94015 Piazza Armerina (EN)

Churches (Piazza Armerina Diocese) include the following:
Maria SS. delle Vittorie (Duomo, Assunta)
Chiesa del Priorato di Sant'Andrea (1096, outside of town)
Sacro Cuore
San Filippo d'Agira
San Giovanni Evangelista (14th century, historic)
San Stefano
Santa Maria d'Itria
Santa Veneranda and San Andrea
S. Antonio di Padova
S. Pietro
S. Veneranda
Ss. Angeli Custodi
SS. Crocifisso

Families researched in these records include the following:
di Natale

Links to other sites about Piazza Armerina include:
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Piazza Armerina Photos
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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