Alessandria della Rocca

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Alessandria della Rocca
Comune
Comune di Alessandria della Rocca
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Coat of arms of Alessandria della Rocca
Coat of arms
Alessandria della Rocca is located in Italy
Alessandria della Rocca
Alessandria della Rocca
Location of Alessandria della Rocca in Italy
Coordinates: 37°34′N 13°27′E / 37.567°N 13.450°E / 37.567; 13.450
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Agrigento (AG)
Government
 • Mayor Alfonso Frisco
Area
 • Total 62.24 km2 (24.03 sq mi)
Elevation 533 m (1,749 ft)
Population (30 April 2017)
 • Total 2,906
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Alessandrini
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 92010
Dialing code 0922
Patron saint Maria SS. della Rocca
Saint day Last Sunday in August
Website Official website

Alessandria della Rocca (Sicilian: Lisciànnira di la Rocca) is a comune and small agricultural town located in the northern part of the Province of Agrigento, west central Sicily, southern Italy.

The remains of the 14th century Castello della Pietra d'Amico can be found about 5 km (3.1 mi) away from the town.[1] The town itself was founded in 1570 by Don Carlo Blasco Barresi, and was initially called Pietra d'Amico after the castle. In 1713, it was renamed Alessandria di Sicilia, while the present name Alessandria della Rocca was adopted by Royal Decree on 7 November 1862.[2]

Many of the town's inhabitants emigrated to the United States, particularly Tampa, Florida, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of these emigrants was Giuseppina Saverino, who would later become the grandmother of American football player Joe Montana, migrating in 1921.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orlando, Andrea. "Castello Di Pietra D'Amico". iCastelli.it (in Italian). Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Castello della Pietra d'Amico". alessandriadellarocca.biz (in Italian). 27 June 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2015.