San Cono, Sicily

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San Cono
Comune
Comune di San Cono
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San Cono within the Province of Catania
San Cono within the Province of Catania
San Cono is located in Italy
San Cono
San Cono
Location of San Cono in Italy
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Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Catania (CT)
Area
 • Total 6.56 km2 (2.53 sq mi)
Elevation 525 m (1,722 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 2,959
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sanconesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 95040
Dialing code 0933
Patron saint San Cono Abate

San Cono (Sicilian: Santu Conu) is a small village and comune in the province of Catania on the island of Sicily in the country of Italy. It is an agricultural community, and is known particularly for its production of prickly pears.

History

The town was named San Cono in 1785 by its founder, the Duke Trigonia. In 1883, the territory was divided into several parts and rented to the town's inhabitants. The town belonged to the Trigonia family until the abolition of feudal rights.

Geography

Located in the south-eastern corner of the province, close to the provinces of Caltanissetta and Ennna, San Cono borders with the municipalities of Mazzarino (CL), Piazza Armerina (EN) and San Michele di Ganzaria.

Main sights

The Monument to the Fallen is situated in the centre of the public square. It was constructed between 1967 and 1968 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the world wars. Chiesa Madre is the town's oldest church, presumably dating back to the 18th century. The altar has a statue of Saint Cono, and the Trigonia coat of arms carved into the sides. The church's ceiling features paintings representing the life of the saint.

Culture

The patronal feast of St. Cono Abbate is held on the second Sunday of May. A major festival in San Cono is the "Sagra del Fico d'India" (which translates to the Festival of the Prickly Pears), held on the first Sunday in October each year.

References

External links

Media related to San Cono at Wikimedia Commons