Prizzi

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Prizzi
Comune
Comune di Prizzi
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Coat of arms of Prizzi
Coat of arms
Prizzi is located in Italy
Prizzi
Prizzi
Location of Prizzi in Italy
Coordinates: 37°43′N 13°26′E / 37.717°N 13.433°E / 37.717; 13.433Coordinates: 37°43′N 13°26′E / 37.717°N 13.433°E / 37.717; 13.433
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Palermo (PA)
Frazioni Filaga
Government
 • Mayor Antonino Garofalo (since 15 May 2007)
Area
 • Total 95 km2 (37 sq mi)
Elevation 1,045 m (3,428 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)
 • Total 5,152
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym Prizzesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 90038
Dialing code 091
Patron saint St. George
Saint day 23 April
Website Official website

Prizzi is a town and comune of 5,711 inhabitants in the Italian province of Palermo, on the island of Sicily. It is located 84 km (52 mi) south of the city of Palermo at an altitude of 1045 m (3,428 ft) above sea level on a hill in the upper valley of the River Sosio. Prizzi is surrounded by the comuni of Campofelice di Fitalia, Castronovo di Sicilia, Corleone, Lercara Friddi, Palazzo Adriano, and Vicari.

History[edit]

Traces have been found of a small Elymian settlement, called Hippana or Hyppana, dating from the 8th-6th centuries BC on the nearby Montagna dei Cavalli. This settlement was later rebuilt in the 4th century BC and inhabited by Carthaginians, Greeks, Arabs, and Romans. The name Prizzi derives from the Greek Pyrizo, meaning "incendiary"[1] as in the context of sending smoke signals, referring to its origin as an important point for fighting off enemy invaders in Sicily. The present town, of Norman origin, was a fief of Guglielmo Bonello. In 1150, it passed to the Cistercian Monastery of Sant’Angelo. Between the 13th and 15th centuries, control of the town was disputed by various lords until it finally fell to the Bonanno family, whose fief it was until 1812.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Istituto Geografico de Agostini, Nomi d'Italia, (ISBN 88-511-0983-4), p. 515.

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