San Cono

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San Cono
Comune
Comune di San Cono
Coat of arms of San Cono
Coat of arms
San Cono is located in Italy
San Cono
San Cono
Location of San Cono in Italy
Coordinates: 37°17′N 14°22′E / 37.283°N 14.367°E / 37.283; 14.367Coordinates: 37°17′N 14°22′E / 37.283°N 14.367°E / 37.283; 14.367
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Catania (CT)
Area
 • Total 6.56 km2 (2.53 sq mi)
Elevation 525 m (1,722 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 2,959
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym Sanconesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 95040
Dialing code 0933
Patron saint San Cono Abate

San Cono (Sicilian: Santu Conu) is a small village and comune in the province of Catania on the island of Sicily in the country of Italy. It is an agricultural community, and is known particularly for its production of prickly pears. A major festival in San Cono is the Sagra del Ficodindia (which translates to the Festival of the Prickly Pears), held on the first Sunday in October each year.

History[edit]

The town was named San Cono in 1785 by its founder, the Duke Trigonia. In 1883, the territory was divided into several parts and rented to the town's inhabitants. The town belonged to the Trigonia family until the abolition of feudal rights.

Main sights[edit]

The Monument to the Fallen is situated in the centre of the public square. It was constructed between 1967 and 1968 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the world wars.
Chiesa Madre is the town's oldest church, presumably dating back to the 18th century. The altar has a statue of Saint Cono, and the Trigonia coat of arms carved into the sides. The church's ceiling features paintings representing the life of the saint.

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