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San Cataldo (Caltanissetta Province) is 9 km of Caltanissetta, alt. 625 m, in the hills between the Rivers Platani and Salso, northeast of Pizzo Carano, area 76.6 sq km, pop. 23,796, post-code 93017, tel. 0934. Economy: agriculture (cereals, vegetables, almonds, pistachio-nuts, olives walnuts, figs); plastics, cement and agricultural equipment industries.

The town was founded in 1607 by Nicolo Galletti, on the site of a pre-existing hamlet. The name was chosen in honor of the Bishop of Taranto (Saint Cataldo is, in fact, the patron saint of Taranto).

At Vassallaggi, 5 km outside the town, there is a prehistoric Bronze Age settlement.

Of interest: "Descent from the Cross", a holy pageant performed on Good Friday.

Churches (Caltanissetta Diocese) include the following:
Immacolata Concezione (Matrice)
Chiesa dei Padri Mercedari (18th century; historic)
Cristo Re
S. Maria del Rosario
S. Maria della Catena
S. Maria delle Grazie
S. Alberto Magno
S. Stefano
S. Domenico Savio (Mimiani - suburb of San Cataldo)
S. Maria delle Grazie in Roccella (Roccella - suburb of San Cataldo)

Families researched in these records include the following:

Links to other sites about San Cataldo 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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