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Scicli is a city in the Province of Ragusa in the south east of Sicily. It has in 2005 a population of 25,852. The city covers an area of 137.54 square kilometres. It is 25 kilometres from Ragusa, and 308 kilometres from Palermo. Ragusa Ragusa (It. ... Sicilian disambiguates here; see also Sicilian language or Sicilian Defence. ... Ragusa can refer to: The city of Ragusa in Sicily, Italy. ... City nickname: Location Location of Palermo within the island of Sicily. ...


Dating from of time of the Sikels (circa 300 BC) like all of Sicily it has been ruled by Arabs, Normans, and Spanish before being united in the Kingdom of Italy in the mid 19th century. The Arabs ((Arabic: عرب ʻarab) are a large ethnic group widespread in the Middle East and North Africa, originating in the Arabian Peninsula of southwest Asia. ... The Normans (adapted from the name Northmen or Norsemen) were a mixture of the indigenous Gauls of France and the Viking invaders under the leadership of Rollo (Gange Rolf). ... There have been several entities known as the Kingdom of Italy. ...


Following a catastrophic earthquake in 1693 much of the town was rebuilt, in the Sicilian baroque style. which today gives the town the elegant appearance which draws many tourists to visit the city. The city is also frequently used as a film set, most recently for Marco Bellocchio's "Il regista dei matrimoni" and will be recognised by many millions as the home of "Commissioner Montalbano" from the popular television series. Global earthquake epicenters, 1963–1998 An earthquake is a sudden and sometimes catastrophic movement of a part of the Earths surface. ... Events January 11 - Eruption of Mt. ... Picture 1: Sicilian Baroque. ...


The city is also notable for its religious parades which includes "Presepe" (nativity scenes) enacted in the caves surrounding the city at Christmas time. These caves known as the Chiarafura caves were dug out in the tufa cliffs, and some were inhabited by the local poor as recently as 1958. Alternate meanings: Cave (disambiguation) This article is about natural caves; for artificial caves used as dwellings, such as those in north China, see yaodong. ... Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... Tufa is the name for an unusual geological formation. ... 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At Easter the city celebrates with the parade "Uomo Vivo" which involves a long religious procession through the city. In March, there is parade of horses - decorated horses process from Scicli to the neighbouring town of Donnalucata. The most spectacular religious festival however is in May, known as "A Maronna i Milici", it commemorates the appearance of the Madonna on a white horse holding aloft a sword which encouraged the Christian Normans to victory over the Saracens in 1091. Easter is the most important religious holiday of the Christian liturgical year, observed in March, April, or May to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred after his death by crucifixion in AD 30-33 (see Good Friday). ... A procession (M. Eng. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Madonna (Italian for my lady) refers to several things. ... The term Saracen comes from Greek sarakenoi. ... Events Henry, son of William I attempted a coup against his brothers but failed to seize the English throne. ...


The economy of the city is mostly agricultural, and the area is reknowned for its many glasshouses which produce the "primizie" (early fruits), which are exported all over Italy. A greenhouse in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ...


External links

http://www.comune.scicli.rg.it/welcome-to-scicli.htm


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