Valle del Belice

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Valle del Belice
Valle del Belìce
Belice Valley.jpg
Location south-western Sicily
Long-axis direction NE – SW
Long-axis length 77 km
Geography
Coordinates 37°45′47″N 13°02′56″E / 37.763°N 13.049°E / 37.763; 13.049Coordinates: 37°45′47″N 13°02′56″E / 37.763°N 13.049°E / 37.763; 13.049
Watercourses
  • Belice
  • Belice Destro
  • Belice Sinistro

The Valle del Belice is the valley of the Belice river, in south-western Sicily, Italy. It lies in the provinces of Agrigento, Palermo and Trapani.[1][2]

1968 earthquake[edit]

The valley was struck by an earthquake in January 1968; in 2012 the damage had still not been fully repaired.[3]

Agriculture[edit]

The Valle del Belice breed of domestic sheep originates in the valley. Agricultural products of the area include the D.O.P. Vastedda della valle del Belìce, a pecorino (sheep's milk) cheese,[4] and "Valle del Belìce DOP" extra-virgin olive oil, made from a minimum of 70% Nocellara del Belice olives.[5] Nocellara del Belice table olives also have DOP status.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Virginia Maxwell, Duncan Garwood. Sicilia. EDT srl, 2011. ISBN 8860408008. 
  2. ^ Collettivo LTN. L'altra Italia: Il Belice. Jaca Book. 
  3. ^ [s.n.] (8 January 2012).Terremoti: 44 anni fa il sisma della Valle del Belice, una ferita ancora aperta (in Italian). La Repubblica. Accessed January 2014.
  4. ^ Disciplinare di Produzione della Denominazione d'Origine Protetta "Vastedda della valle del Belìce" (in Italian). Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari e forestali. Accessed January 2014.
  5. ^ Valle del Belìce DOP (in Italian). Camera di Commercio Trapani. Accessed January 2014.