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Scicli (Ragusa Province) is 25 km from Ragusa, alt. 106 m, in the south Monti Iblei, at the point where the San Bartolomeo and the Santa Maria la Nova quarries encounter the River Modica, area 137.5 sq km, pop. 25,498, post-code 97018, tel. 0932. Economy: Agriculture (greenhouse horticulture); plastics and parasiticides.

A Sicel settlement, an Arab village, and later a royal city under the Normans, it was given by Frederick II of Aragon to the Count of Modica. It was seriously damaged by the earthquake in 1693 and to a large extent rebuilt with a new street layout which is easy to distinguish from the mediaeval arrangement because of the presence of baroque architecture.

Of interest: Town Hall, Palazzo Spadaro

Churches (Noto Diocese) include the following:

S. Guglielmo (Chiesa Madre)
Cuore Immacolato Di Maria
Madonna del Carmine (1751)
Madonna Di Fatima
San Bartolomeo Apostolo
Santa Maria la Nova
S. Giuseppe
SS. Salvatore
S. Caterina Da Siena (Donnalucata - suburb of Scicli)
Madonna Delle Grazie (Sampieri - suburb of Scicli)

Events: The Madonna di Milici is the spectator-protagonist of a costume pageant, the Sagra di Milici, which every year in the month of June re-enacts the battle down in the plain between Saracens and Normans. The Normans won the day.

Links to other sites about Scicli include:

Sicilian Net
Sicily Web
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes

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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