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Comune di Prizzi
Prizzi is located in Italy
Location of Prizzi in Italy
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Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Palermo (PA)
Frazioni Filaga
 • Mayor Luigi Vallone (since May 7, 2012)
 • Total 95 km2 (37 sq mi)
Elevation 1,045 m (3,428 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)
 • Total 5,152
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Prizzesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 90038
Dialing code 091
Patron saint St. George
Saint day 23 April
Website Official website

Prizzi is a town and comune of 5,711 inhabitants in the Italian province of Palermo, on the island of Sicily. It is located 84 km (52 mi) south of the city of Palermo at an altitude of 1045 m (3,428 ft) above sea level on a hill in the upper valley of the River Sosio. Prizzi is surrounded by the comuni of Campofelice di Fitalia, Castronovo di Sicilia, Lercara Friddi, Palazzo Adriano, Vicari, and the city of Corleone.


Traces have been found of a small Elymian settlement, called Hippana or Hyppana, dating from the 8th-6th centuries BC on the nearby Montagna dei Cavalli. This settlement was later rebuilt in the 4th century BC, by Hiero I of Syracuse, and subsequently inhabited by Carthaginians, Greeks, Arabs, and Romans. Hippana has the highest altitude Greek theater known in Sicily. The town of Prizzi is thought to have been constructed by the refugees of a Roman invasion,[1] but it is better documented to have at least pre-existed the Saracen invasion, when it was controlled by the Byzantines prior to the Arab conquest. The name Prizzi derives from the Greek Pyrizo, meaning "incendiary"[2] as in the context of sending smoke signals, referring to its origin as an important point for fighting off enemy invaders in Sicily. The present town, of Norman origin, was a fief of Guglielmo Bonello. In 1150, it passed to the Cistercian Monastery of Sant’Angelo. Between the 13th and 15th centuries, control of the town was disputed by various lords until it finally fell to the Bonanno family, whose fief it was until 1812.

The town is known for its Easter Celebration, U Ballu dei Diavoli, or in Italian Ballo dei Diavoli.


  1. Prizzi[better source needed]
  2. Istituto Geografico de Agostini, Nomi d'Italia, (ISBN 88-511-0983-4), p. 515.

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