Blufi is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Palermo in the Italian region Sicily, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Palermo.

Blufi
Comune di Blufi
Panorama di Blufi.jpg
Location of Blufi
Blufi is located in Italy
Blufi
Blufi
Location of Blufi in Italy
Blufi is located in Sicily
Blufi
Blufi
Blufi (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°45′N 14°4′E / 37.750°N 14.067°E / 37.750; 14.067Coordinates: 37°45′N 14°4′E / 37.750°N 14.067°E / 37.750; 14.067
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Metropolitan cityPalermo (PA)
Government
 • MayorVittorio Castrianni
Area
 • Total20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
Elevation
726 m (2,382 ft)
Population
 (30 November 2016)[2]
 • Total1,012
 • Density49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Blufesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
90020
Dialing code0921
Patron saintMadonna dell'Olio
Saint day17/19 August
WebsiteOfficial website

Blufi borders the following municipalities: Alimena, Bompietro, Gangi, Petralia Soprana, Petralia Sottana, Resuttano.

GeographyEdit

The village is situated on a hill on the southern slope of the Madonie mountain range, with an altitude between 850 and 500 meters above sea level.

The municipal area extends for 20 km² around the capital center and includes the administrative zone of Casalgiordano, between the municipalities of Gangi and Alimena.

The other hamlets, on the other hand, are located near the capital center: Alleri, Lupi and Ferrarello are separated from it by the Nocilla stream while Calabrò, Nero and Giaia Inferiore almost form a continuation along the road that goes up to the Petralia municipalities.

The territory is crossed by the Southern Imera river and the Nocilla and Oliva streams and is mostly used for agricultural and artisan activities.

HistoryEdit

NameEdit

The name Blufi appears for the first time in 1211, in a document in which the Palermitan church grants Frederick II, among other concessions, the "Proedia Buluph apud Petraliam", or the possessions called Buluf near Petralia. In a testament of 1482, the name Morata Bufali appears, in other documents the toponyms Belufi, Balufi, Bolufi, are present. In a document relating to the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell'Olio, the current name Blufi is mentioned.

LandmarksEdit

  • Romanesque three-arch bridge over the southern Imera river, between the Blufi and Petralia Sottana areas.
  • Mother Church of Christ the King (20th century): It is the parish church of the town built in the early years of the last century. The interior with three naves is bare and simple, but enriched by some statues. The church, recently restored, was returned to the faithful during the summer of 2001.
  • Sanctuary of the Madonna dell'Olio (8th century): it is located 3 km from the town, at 660 meters above sea level. The name "Madonna dell'Olio" could derive from the presence of olive groves in the area - which would also have given its name to the Oliva stream, which laps the hill of the Sanctuary and which flows into the Southern Imera river, in an area called "Olive Gardens." It could also be from the presence of a mineral oil source a few meters from the Sanctuary.
  • Rocca di Marabuto: allegedly, it is a tomb dating back to the Arab domination, being made up of stacked boulders. A legend tells of the presence of a ghost who would inhabit these stones.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.