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Palma di Montechiaro

Palma di Montechiaro
Comune
Comune di Palma di Montechiaro
The Mother Church in Palma di Montechiaro.
The Mother Church in Palma di Montechiaro.
Coat of arms of Palma di Montechiaro
Coat of arms
Palma di Montechiaro is located in Sicily
Palma di Montechiaro
Palma di Montechiaro
Location of Palma di Montechiaro in Sicily
Palma di Montechiaro is located in Italy
Palma di Montechiaro
Palma di Montechiaro
Palma di Montechiaro (Italy)
Coordinates: 37°12′N 13°46′E / 37.200°N 13.767°E / 37.200; 13.767
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Agrigento (AG)
Frazioni Marina di Palma, Villaggio Giordano
Government
 • Mayor Stefano Castellino
Area
 • Total 77.06 km2 (29.75 sq mi)
Elevation 160 m (520 ft)
Population (31 December 2017)
 • Total 22,663
 • Density 290/km2 (760/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Palmesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 92020
Dialing code 0922
Patron saint Maria Santissima del Rosario
Saint day 8 September
The Castle Chiaromonte.

Palma di Montechiaro (Sicilian: Parma di Muntichiaru) is a town and comune in the province of Agrigento, Sicily, southern Italy.

Formerly known as Palma, in 1863, Montechiaro was added to the name, in honour of the Chiaramonte family whose stronghold is close to the town.

Controversy

In 2002, La Repubblica reported the presence of the prominent Italian politician Angelino Alfano (a Silvio Berlusconi protégé) at the 1996 wedding of the daughter of Croce Napoli (died 2001), believed by investigators to be the Mafia boss of Palma di Montechiaro, as shown on an amateur video of the party. Alfano, then a deputy of the Sicilian Regional Assembly, was greeted with affection by Croce Napoli. Alfano at first told La Repubblica he had "no memory or recollection of this wedding" and that "I never participated in a wedding of Mafia or of their children, I do not know his wife, Gabriella, and I've never heard of Mr. Croce Napoli who was said to be boss of Palma di Montechiaro."[1] Later he said that he remembered that he was actually at the wedding but had been invited by the groom and did not know the bride and her family.[2]

Main sights

  • Mother Church
  • Castle
  • Benedictine Monastery
  • Ducal Palace
  • San Carlo Tower
  • Palazzo degli Scolopi
  • Ruins of the Baroque church of Santa Maria della Luce
  • Archaeological park of Zubbia
  1. ^ Francesco Viviano (5 February 2002). "Il bacio pericoloso di Alfano". La Repubblica. p. 1. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Francesco Viviano (6 February 2002). "Alfano ricorda: 'Ero amico dello sposo". La Repubblica. p. 6. Retrieved 26 December 2013.