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Valguarnera Caropepe (Enna Province) is a hill town (590 m) 25 km from Enna. It is in the Monti Erei, on the watershed hill between the Rivers Dittaino and Gornalunga. It has a population of over 9,000 in an area of 9.3 sq km. The postal code is 94019 and the telephone prefix is 0935. It's economy is agricultural, including cereals, almonds, hazelnuts, and olives.

There are some ancient settlements (14-12 centuries B.C.) which are located between here and Aidone and which were later Hellenized. The modern town was founded in 1628 by Francesco Valguarnera on a town which had been founded in the 14th century by Lamberto Caropepe. It was an important mining center until the nearby sulpher mines were closed.

I found the town to be friendly and well-kept. The records in the Stato Civile are available through very helpful and friendly staff.

Churches (Piazza Armerina Diocese) include the following:
San Cristoforo (Chiesa Madre)
San Francesco di Paola
San Giuseppe
Maria Ausiliatrice e San Giovanni Bosco

Families researched in those records include the following:
di Salafani

Links to other sites about Valguarnera Caropepe include:
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Sicilian Net
Valguarnera Photos

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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