Ciminna

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Ciminna
Comune
Comune di Ciminna
Ciminna is located in Italy
Ciminna
Ciminna
Location of Ciminna in Italy
Coordinates: 37°54′N 13°34′E / 37.900°N 13.567°E / 37.900; 13.567Coordinates: 37°54′N 13°34′E / 37.900°N 13.567°E / 37.900; 13.567
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Palermo (PA)
Area
 • Total 56 km2 (22 sq mi)
Elevation 600 m (2,000 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,016
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demonym Cimminesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 90023
Dialing code 091
Patron saint St. Vito Martyr
Saint day First Sunday in September
Website Official website

Ciminna is a Sicilian city in the province of Palermo, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of its capital, Palermo. The city's economy is derived mainly from agriculture and traditional crafts. Ciminna is located at the very top of a mountain in the Madonie (Madunìi) mountain range, about a 45-minute drive from Palermo.

The artist (and Franciscan priest) Pasquale Sarullo was born in Ciminna.

History[edit]

Its ancient history shows evidence of Punic and Roman settlements as well as Arab and Norman rule. There are Greek ruins overlooking the town which may be a temple to Demeter (Mother Earth), dating back to the time before Christ.

Culture[edit]

The mountaintop city's vibrant culture is centered around its annual festivals and religious processions. These include the ancient La Festa del SS. Crocifisso (Feast of the Holy Crucifix), for one week culminating on the Sunday and Monday of the first weekend of May (held every year since 1651); and the Feast of San Vito, patron saint of the city, held in early September.

Other processions and festivals include the Feast of San Sebastian (January 20); Il Carnevale di Ciminna (Carnival similar to Mardi Gras); The Feast of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph, March 16–19); Riti della Passione: La Settimana Santa a Ciminna (The Rites of the Passion & Holy Week before Easter); U Prucettu d'ì Malati (April 19); the Feast of San Francesco di Paola (April 22–26) 2009; The Solemn Feast of the Body of God (Solennità del Corpus Domini (third week of May);The Feast of Mary of the Rosary (Maria SS. del Rosario, last Sunday of September); The Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the "Triumph" procession (Maria SS. Immacolata e "U Triunfu", Dec. 8 and the Saturday night following).

In 1963, Luchino Visconti chose Ciminna as the backdrop to the film The Leopard (Il Gattopardo, by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa) which starred Burt Lancaster, Terence Hill, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.