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County Of Modica
The County of Modica
Modica
was a feudal territory within the Kingdom of Sicily
Sicily
from 1296 to 1812. Its capital was Modica, on the southern tip of the island, although the cities of Ragusa and Scicli
Scicli
housed some government offices for a period
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Sicily
Sicily
Sicily
(/ˈsɪsɪli/ SISS-i-lee; Italian: Sicilia [siˈtʃiːlja], Sicilian: Sicìlia) is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is an autonomous region of Italy, in Southern Italy
Italy
along with surrounding minor islands, officially referred to as Regione Siciliana. Sicily
Sicily
is located in the central Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian Peninsula, from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Messina. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe,[4] and one of the most active in the world, currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high
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Catania
Catania
Catania
(Italian: [kaˈtaːnja] ( listen)) is the second largest city of Sicily
Sicily
located on the east coast facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy
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Ispica
Ispica
Ispica
(Sicilian: Spaccafurnu, Latin: Hyspicae Fundus) is a city and comune in the south of Sicily, Italy. It is 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Ragusa, 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Syracuse, and 90 kilometres (56 mi) away from La Valletta, on the coast of Malta. The first mention in a document of Ispica
Ispica
occurred in 1093, in a list of churches and ecclesiastic departments for administrative purposes, but the territory has been colonized since the Bronze Age. The city is located on a hill
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Comiso
Comiso
Comiso
(Sicilian: Còmisu), is an Italian comune of the Province of Ragusa in Sicily. As of 2016, its population was 30,156.[1]Contents1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Main sights 5 Economy 6 Transport 7 Gallery 8 Notable people 9 References 10 External linksHistory[edit] Comiso
Comiso
has in the past been incorrectly identified with the ancient Greek colony of Casmene. Under the Byzantines a new borough began to grow on Comiso's present site around the monasteries of St. Nicolò and Saint Blaise, expanding further under the later Norman and Aragonese domination of Sicily
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Giarratana
Giarratana
Giarratana
is a town and comune in the province of Ragusa, Sicily, southern Italy. Its name is likely derived from Arabic.[3] Main sights[edit]Church of San Bartolomeo, known from 1308 but rebuilt in the late 17th century. Remains of Castle of Settimo Archaeological site of Casmenae, on the road leading to Palazzolo Acreide.References[edit]^ Data from Istat ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat) ^ Paul Theroux (15 Dec 2011). The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean. Le Grand Sud to Nice: Penguin UK. ISBN 9780241958810
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Monterosso Almo
Monterosso Almo (Sicilian: Muntirrussu) is a comune in the province of Ragusa, Sicilia, Italy. As of January 2015, Monterosso Almo had an estimated population of 3,075. References[edit]^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat); Dati al 31 December 2006External links[edit]Official website (in Italian)v t eSicily · Comuni of the Province of RagusaAcate Chiaramonte Gulfi Comiso Giarratana Ispica Modica Monterosso Almo Pozzallo Ragusa Santa Croce Camerina Scicli VittoriaThis Sicilian location article is a stub
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Biscari
Acate
Acate
(Sicilian: Acati) is a small town and comune in the south of Sicily, Italy, part of the province of Ragusa. It is located in the Dirillo
Dirillo
River valley, 34 kilometres (21 mi) from Ragusa. Until 1938 it was called Biscari, and its history dates back until the 14th century. During World War II
World War II
it was the location of the Biscari Massacre, in which American troops killed numerous unarmed German and Italian soldiers. Twin towns[edit] Chambly, FranceReferences[edit]^ Population data from ISTATv t e Sicily
Sicily
· Comuni of the Province of RagusaAcate Chiaramonte Gulfi Comiso Giarratana Ispica Modica Monterosso Almo Pozzallo Ragusa Santa Croce Camerina Scicli VittoriaThis Sicilian location article is a stub
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Dirillo
Coordinates: 37°0′N 14°20′E / 37.000°N 14.333°E / 37.000; 14.333DirilloCountry Sicily: provinces of Ragusa, Caltanissetta and CataniaPhysical characteristicsMain source Iblei
Iblei
mountains, near Vizzini 986 m (3,235 ft)River mouth Strait of Sicily, south-east of Gela 0 m (0 ft)Length 54 km (34 mi)Basin featuresBasin size 739.39 km2 (285.48 sq mi)The Dirillo, or Acate, is a 54-kilometre (34 mi) river in Sicily which springs from the Hyblaean Mountains
Hyblaean Mountains
and flows through the areas of Vizzini, Licodia Eubea, Mazzarrone, Chiaramonte Gulfi, Acate, Vittoria, Gela. It enters the Strait of Sicily
Sicily
south-east of the town of Gela. As the largest river in the area it is sometimes known as the Fiume Grande. The river was known in antiquity as the Achates
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Pozzallo
Pozzallo
Pozzallo
(Sicilian: Puzzaddu) is a town and comune in the province of Ragusa, Sicily, Italy. Four beaches in Pozzallo
Pozzallo
have received the Blue Flag award by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), a prestigious award given to beaches which meet strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services. Only eight beaches in Sicily
Sicily
have received the Blue Flag, including the four located in Pozzallo.[1]. Pozzallo
Pozzallo
is a popular location to visit over the summer. It attracts many tourists from all over the world including: America, France, Germany, and Australia. The best time to go to Pozzallo
Pozzallo
is during Ferr'Agosto; which is during the 2nd-3rd week of August
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Emphyteusis
Emphyteusis is a right, susceptible of assignment and of descent, charged on productive real estate, the right being coupled with the enjoyment of the property on condition of taking care of the estate and paying taxes and sometimes a small rent. It is system of serfdom, seen in practice in South American
South American
colonies during their colonization. It was based on Roman law, and the Spanish preserved it and brought it to the colonies. It started in the early Roman Empire
Roman Empire
and was initially granted by the state for the purposes of agriculture or building on land. See also[edit]Emphyteutic lease Leasehold estate Perpetual usufructLook up emphyteusis in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.Authority controlNDL: 01092141This law-related article is a stub
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1693 Sicily Earthquake
The 1693 Sicily earthquake struck parts of southern Italy near Sicily, Calabria, and Malta on January 11 at around 21:00 local time.[1] This earthquake was preceded by a damaging foreshock on January 9.[7] It had an estimated magnitude of 7.4 on the moment magnitude scale, the most powerful in Italian history,[8] and a maximum intensity of XI (Extreme) on the Mercalli intensity scale, destroying at least 70 towns and cities, seriously affecting an area of 5,600 square kilometres (2,200 sq mi) and causing the death of about 60,000 people.[5][6] The earthquake was followed by tsunamis that devastated the coastal villages on the Ionian Sea and in the Straits of Messina.[9] Almost two thirds of the entire population of Catania were killed.[5] The epicentre of the disaster was probably close to the coast, possibly offshore, although the exact position remains unknown
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Syracuse, Sicily
Syracuse (/ˈsɪrəˌkjuːs, -ˌkjuːz/; Italian: Siracusa, pronounced [siraˈkuːza] ( listen); Sicilian: Sarausa/Seragusa; Latin: Syrācūsae; Ancient Greek: Συράκουσαι, Syrakousai;[3] Medieval Greek: Συρακοῦσαι) is a historic city on the island of Sicily, the capital of the Italian province of Syracuse. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes.[4] This 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
world. Syracuse is located in the southeast corner of the island of Sicily, next to the Gulf of Syracuse beside the Ionian Sea. The city was founded by Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
Corinthians and Teneans[5] and became a very powerful city-state
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Kingdom Of Sicily
the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
(1194–1254) (also with the Kingdom of Jerusalem: 1225–1228) the Crown of Aragon
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Val Di Noto
Val di Noto
Noto
(English: Province of Noto[1]) is a historical and geographical area encompassing the south-eastern third of Sicily; it is dominated by the limestone Iblean plateau. Historically, it was one of the three valli of Sicily.Chiesa di San Domenico - NotoHistory[edit] The oldest recorded settlement in the Val di Noto
Noto
was the ancient town of Akrai, near Palazzolo Acreide, which was founded in 664 BC. It was the first colony of the Corinthian settlement at Syracuse. The settlements of the Val di Noto
Noto
were completely destroyed by the enormous 1693 Sicily
Sicily
earthquake. Following the earthquake, many towns were rebuilt on entirely new sites, such as Noto
Noto
and Grammichele
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Colonna
The Colonna
Colonna
family, also known as Sciarrillo or Sciarra, is an Italian noble family. It was powerful in medieval and Renaissance
Renaissance
Rome, supplying one Pope
Pope
and many other Church and political leaders. The family is notable for its bitter feud with the Orsini family
Orsini family
over influence in Rome, until it was stopped by Papal Bull
Papal Bull
in 1511. In 1571, the heads of both families married nieces of Pope
Pope
Sixtus V. Thereafter, historians recorded that "no peace had been concluded between the princes of Christendom, in which they had not been included by name"
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