Vallelunga Pratameno stands on a
much fertile area of the province of Caltanissetta, bathed by the
Salacio creek, at an altitude of roughly 500m asl. Various archaeological
finds attest to the presence of human settlements here since the
Prehistory – notably the Bronze Age. The modern city sprung
up in 1633 when the aristocratic Pietro Marino was granted permission
The best attraction is the 1600’s
Mother Church dedicated to the Madonna di Loreto – the Patron
Saint – in the city heart, that is Piazza Umberto I. The church
has an imposing façade with two bell-towers and battlement.
Its three naves are adorned with fine pieces of art, like the 1600’s
statue of the Madonna di Loreto, a splendid painting depicting the
Madonna del Rosario and statues of the Virgin and Saint Joseph.
The now closed Oratorio del Signore and the 1700’s church
of the Holy Rosary are also worthy of note.
A fascinating overview of old rural
life is offered at the Museo della Civiltà Contadina (museum
of the rural life), harboring beautifully detailed reconstructions
of rural homes and artisan’s workshops.
city environs are home to impressing naturalistic sites, such as
the Collina di Tanarizzi and the Regaleali estate; the latter is
property of the Counts Tasca d’Almerita, its vines having
contributed to producing most prestigious Sicilian wines.
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