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County Of Modica
The COUNTY OF 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 housed some government offices for a period. Today it perpetuates as a title only held by the head of the House of Alba , Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 19th Duke of Alba . CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 The Chiaramontes * 1.2 The Cabreras * 1.3 15th century to the present * 2 List of Counts of Modica * 2.1 First Creation in 1296 * 2.2 Second Creation in 1392 * 3 References HISTORYTHE CHIARAMONTES The County Palace entrance, at the higher quarters of the old town
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Marina Di Ragusa
MARINA DI RAGUSA, also known as MAZZARELLI, is a southern Italian village and hamlet (frazione ) of Ragusa , a municipality seat of the homonym province , Sicily . In 2011 it had a population of 3,468, that during the summer gets to over 60,000. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Economy * 4 Transport * 4.1 Public transport * 4.2 The Port * 5 Gallery * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORY The Torre Cabrera The remains of a Greek settlement of the 5th century BC, when this area was under the control of Kamarina , have been found on the banks of the nearby river Irminio
Irminio
that was used as canal-port. The village was known since the Byzantine era (5th century) when a loading pier was built to export the local products
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Pozzallo
POZZALLO (Sicilian : PUZZADDU) is a town and comune in the province of Ragusa , Sicily , Italy . Four beaches in 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 have received the Blue Flag, including the four located in 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 is during Ferr'Agosto; which is during the 2nd-3rd week of August. This is a time where everyone sleeps on the beaches of Pozzallo overnight; they camp out and have bonfires. People have little parties on the beach during this period of time as well
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Emphyteusis
The LAW OF 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 . A system of serfdom , seen in practice in South American colonies during the time of colonization. Based on Roman law , the Spanish preserved it and brought it to the colonies. Roman origination was in the early empire and was initially granted by the state, for agricultural purposes, or for building on land. SEE ALSO * Emphyteutic lease * Leasehold estate * Perpetual usufruct Look up EMPHYTEUSIS in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. AUTHORITY CONTROL * NDL : 01092141 This law -related article is a stub . You can help by expanding it
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1693 Sicily Earthquake
An EARTHQUAKE (also known as a QUAKE, TREMOR or TEMBLOR) is the shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the Earth
Earth
's lithosphere that creates seismic waves . Earthquakes can range in size from those that are so weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities. The seismicity or SEISMIC ACTIVITY of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. At the Earth's surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami . Earthquakes can also trigger landslides , and occasionally volcanic activity. In its most general sense, the word earthquake is used to describe any seismic event — whether natural or caused by humans — that generates seismic waves
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Catania
CATANIA (Italian: ( listen )) is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily
Sicily
facing the Ionian Sea
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. The population of the city proper is 313,000 while the population of the conurbation is estimated to be 767,003. The metropolitan city has 1,115,310 inhabitants. Catania
Catania
is well known for its historical earthquakes, having been destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693 , and for several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna , the most violent of which was in 1669. Catania
Catania
has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. In 1434, the first university in Sicily
Sicily
was founded in the city
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Dirillo
Coordinates : 37°0′N 14°20′E / 37.000°N 14.333°E / 37.000; 14.333 DIRILLO COUNTRY Sicily : provinces of Ragusa , Caltanissetta and Catania PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS MAIN SOURCE Iblei mountains, near Vizzini 986 m (3,235 ft) RIVER MOUTH Strait of Sicily , south-east of Gela
Gela
0 m (0 ft) LENGTH 54 km (34 mi) BASIN FEATURES BASIN 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 and flows through the areas of Vizzini , Licodia Eubea , Mazzarrone , Chiaramonte Gulfi , Acate , Vittoria , Gela
Gela
. It enters the Strait of Sicily south-east of the town of Gela
Gela

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Biscari
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 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 it was the location of the Biscari Massacre , in which American troops killed numerous unarmed German and Italian soldiers. TWIN TOWNS * Chambly , France SOURCES * v * t * e Sicily · Comuni of the Province of Ragusa * Acate * Chiaramonte Gulfi * Comiso * Giarratana * Ispica * Modica * Monterosso Almo * Pozzallo * Ragusa * Santa Croce Camerina * Scicli * Vittoria This Sicilian location article is a stub . You can help by expanding it
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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 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. The main economical activity consists of farming and organic products, especially carrot , zucchini , tomatoes , olives , vineyards .Ispica is the largest producer of organic carrot of southern Italy with about 18,000 tons of annual production. There is 10 kilometres (6 mi) of coastline, most of which is sand and dunes, and an island (Porri island) at 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the coast
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Comiso
COMISO (Sicilian : CòMMISU), is an Italian comune of the Province of Ragusa in Sicily . As of 2016, its population was 30,156. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Demographics * 4 Main sights * 5 Economy * 6 Transport * 7 Gallery * 8 Notable people * 9 References * 10 External links HISTORYComiso 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. It was later a fief of the Chiaromonte , Cabrera and Naselli families: the latter, counts of the city from 1571, boosted the economy of the city and built new district outside the ancient walls. Comiso was devastated by the 1693 earthquake and rebuilt on the same spot as the old ruins in the Sicilian Baroque style
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Giarratana
GIARRATANA is a town and comune in the province of Ragusa , Sicily
Sicily
, southern Italy
Italy
. Its name is likely derived from Arabic
Arabic
. MAIN SIGHTS * 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 * ^ 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 December 2006, Monterosso Almo had an estimated population of 3,343
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Syracuse, Sicily
SYRACUSE (/ˈsɪrəˌkjuːs, -ˌkjuːz/ ; Italian : Siracusa, pronounced ( listen ); Sicilian : Sarausa/Seragusa; Latin : Syrācūsae; Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
: Συράκουσαι, Syrakousai; Medieval Greek
Medieval Greek
: Συρακοῦσαι) is a historic city in Sicily
Sicily
, the capital of the 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 . 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
Ionian Sea

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Val Di Noto
VAL DI NOTO (English: Province
Province
of Noto
Noto
) is a historical and geographical area encompassing the south-eastern third of Sicily
Sicily
; it is dominated by the limestone Iblean plateau . Historically, it was one of the three valli of Sicily
Sicily
. Chiesa di San Domenico - Noto
Noto
HISTORYThe oldest recorded settlement in the Val di Noto
Noto
was the ancient town of Akrai , near Palazzolo Acreide
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
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Kingdom Of The Two Sicilies
The KINGDOM OF THE TWO SICILIES (Neapolitan : Regno dê Doje Sicilie, Sicilian : Regnu dî Dui Sicili, Italian : Regno delle Due Sicilie) was the largest of the states of Italy before the Italian unification . It was formed as a union of the Kingdom of Sicily and the Kingdom of Naples , which collectively had long been called the "Two Sicilies" (Utraque Sicilia, literally "both Sicilies"). The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies lasted from 1815 until 1860, when it was annexed by the Kingdom of Sardinia to form the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The capitals of the Two Sicilies were in Naples and in Palermo . The kingdom extended over the Mezzogiorno (the southern part of mainland Italy) and the island of Sicily
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Naples
NAPLES (/ˈneɪpəlz/ ; Italian : Napoli ( listen ), Neapolitan : Napule or ; Latin
Latin
: Neapolis; Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
: Νεάπολις, meaning "new city") is the capital of the Italian region Campania
Campania
and the third-largest municipality in Italy
Italy
, after Rome
Rome
and Milan
Milan
. In 2015, around 975,260 people lived within the city's administrative limits. The Metropolitan City of Naples had a population of 3,115,320. Naples
Naples
is the 9th-most populous urban area in the European Union
European Union
with a population of between 3 million and 3.7 million. About 4.4 million people live in the Naples metropolitan area , one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea

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