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SCICLI is a town and municipality in the Province of Ragusa
Province of Ragusa
in the south east of Sicily
Sicily
, Italy
Italy
. It is 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Ragusa , and 308 kilometres (191 mi) from Palermo
Palermo
, and has a population (2011 census) of 25,922. Alongside seven other cities in the Val di Noto
Noto
, it has been listed as one of UNESCO
UNESCO
's World Heritage Sites .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Demographics * 4 Main sights * 5 Culture * 6 Economy * 7 Sport * 8 Transport * 9 Gallery * 10 Personalities * 11 References * 12 External links

HISTORY

Settlements of the area of Scicli
Scicli
dates back to the Copper and Early Bronze Ages (3rd millennium BCE to the 15th century BCE).

Scicli
Scicli
was founded by the Sicels (whence probably the name) around 300 BCE.

In 864 CE, Scicli
Scicli
was conquered by the Arabs , as part of the Muslim conquest of Sicily
Sicily
. Under their rule it flourished as an agricultural and trade center. According to geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi , "shipping reached Scicli
Scicli
in Sicily
Sicily
from Calabria, Africa, Malta and many other places."

In 1091, it was conquered from the Arabs by the Normans , under Roger I of Hauteville , after a fierce battle. Scicli
Scicli
was one of the garrison which rebelled against the Angevine domination in the Sicilian Vespers
Sicilian Vespers
(April 5, 1282). Following the various dynasties ruling the Kingdom of Sicily, it was an Aragonese -Spanish possession before being united in the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
in the mid 19th century.

Following a catastrophic earthquake in 1693 , much of the town was rebuilt in the Sicilian baroque
Sicilian baroque
style, which today gives the town the elegant appearance which draws many tourists to visit it.

GEOGRAPHY

The municipality borders with Modica
Modica
and Ragusa . It conuts the hamlets (frazioni ) of Arizza, Bruca, Cava d'Aliga, Donnalucata , Playa Grande and Sampieri .

DEMOGRAPHICS

MAIN SIGHTS

See also: Category:Churches in Scicli
Scicli
.

* San Matteo : this church was the local Mother Church until 1874. It is located on the eponymous hill in the Old City, where there is also the ruin of an Arab/Norman castle. * The church of Santa Marìa la Nova, with a huge Neoclassicist façade. The interior houses a cypresse-wood statue of Madonna della Pietà, probably of Byzantine origin. * San Bartolomeo baroque church * Sant\'Ignazio (Mother Church of St. Ignatz), housing the highly venerated image of Madonna dei Milìci (see Culture section). * San Michele Arcangelo * Santa Maria la Nova * Palazzo Fava, one of the first and largest Baroque palaces in the town. Notable are the late-Baroque decorations of the portal and the balconies, especially the one on the Via San Bartolomeo. * The Town Hall, the Palazzo Spadaro and the Palazzo Beneventano, all boasting Baroque decorations.

CULTURE

Scicli
Scicli
is frequently used as a film set , most recently for Marco Bellocchio 's Il regista dei matrimoni and is popular in Italy
Italy
as the home of Il Commissario Montalbano , the popular television series broadcast by RAI
RAI
.

The town is also notable for its religious processions which includes "Presepe" (nativity scenes) enacted in the caves surrounding the city at Christmas
Christmas
time. These caves, known as the Chiarafura caves , were dug out in the tuff cliffs, and some were inhabited by the local poor as recently as 1958.

At Easter
Easter
, the town celebrates with the "Uomo Vivo" parade which involves a long religious procession through the city. A decorated horse parade takes place in March, from Scicli
Scicli
to the neighbouring town of Donnalucata . The most spectacular religious festival, the A Maronna i Milici occurs in May, commemorating the appearance of the Madonna on a white horse holding aloft a sword, described as "probably...the only armed Holy Virgin in the world." This encouraged the Christian Normans to defeat the Saracens in 1091. However, the story itself is believed to have been first promoted no earlier than the 15th century.

ECONOMY

The " Fornace Penna ", an industrial archaeology monument in Sampieri

The economy of Scicli
Scicli
is mostly agricultural, and the area is renowned for its many greenhouses producing the primizie ("early fruits") that are exported all over Italy.

SPORT

The local association football club is the U.P.D. Scicli
Scicli
; and the futsal club is the Pro Scicli
Scicli
, that also played in Serie A . The town plays host to an annual road running race, Memorial Peppe Greco , which traces its route through the city centre.

TRANSPORT

Scicli
Scicli
has a railway station on the Canicattì - Gela
Gela
-Ragusa -Syracuse line. Another station serves the frazione of Sampieri .

The town will be served by the planned extension, to Ragusa and Gela, of the A18 motorway .

GALLERY

San Bartolomeo Church

Santa Maria La Nova Church

San Guglielmo Church

San Matteo Church

Madonna del Carmine Church

Consolazione Church

PERSONALITIES

* Giuseppe Drago (1955–2016), physician and politician, President of Sicily
Sicily
in 1998 * Severino Santiapichi (1926–2016), magistrate and writer

REFERENCES

* ^ A B (in Italian) Source: Istat 2011 * ^ Alexander Mikaberidze (22 Jul 2011). Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia . ABC-CLIO. p. 831. ISBN 9781598843378 . * ^ Lorenza De Maria; Rita Turchetti (2004). Rotte e porti del Mediterraneo dopo la caduta dell'Impero romano d'Occidente: continuità e innovazioni tecnologiche e funzionali : IV seminario : Genova, 18-19 giugno 2004. Rubbettino Editore. p. 125. ISBN 9788849811179 . * ^ Authentic Sicily
Sicily
(illustrated ed.). Touring Editore. 2005. p. 73. ISBN 9788836534036 . * ^ 39161 (x a j h) Scicli
Scicli
on OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMap
* ^ Peter Amann (1 Jan 2001). Sicily
Sicily
(illustrated ed.). Hunter Publishing, Inc. p. 42. ISBN 9781856911580 . * ^ Marcella Croce (20 Oct 2014). The Chivalric Folk Tradition in Sicily: A History of Storytelling, Puppetry, Painted Carts and Other Arts. McFarland. p. 48. ISBN 9780786494156 . * ^ Amy G. Remensnyder (2014). La Conquistadora: The Virgin Mary at War and Peace in the Old and New Worlds (illustrated ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 395. ISBN 9780199893003 .

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