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Delia

Delia
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20 km from Caltanissetta and 447 metres above sea level, Delia is a planned community dating back to 1597. Founded by the baron Gaspare Lucchese, it was built on the Monserrato hill. From Monte Croce, it seems a big embrace between the Madonie, Canicattì and Naro, up to Campobello di Licata. With its 4,550 citizens, it accommodates many immigrants (having a direct experience of what migration means) who adjust to a town that boasts a welcoming tradition. Here too, the landscape is important to understand the life and the economic history of these people: lush vineyards, olive trees and fruit orchards make of the Delia territory a still active centre of agricultural production. There are four hypotheses regarding its beautiful name. The first is that it comes from the Arabic “Daliyah”, which means vine. The second makes it derive from the prehistoric cult of the “Delli”, namely the hot sulphur waters abundant in the territory. According to Vito Amico, who expresses the third hypothesis in his “Lexicon topographicum Siculum”, the name refers to the goddess Diana Delia. Finally, the last hypothesis identifies it with the location of the Statio Petiliana, a resting area along the road between Catania and Agrigento. The deletion of the prefix Pe might have led to the current name.

 

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