Contessa Entellina

Contessa Entellina (Albanian: Kuntisa) is a small comune in the Metropolitan City of Palermo, in Sicily, southern Italy.

Contessa Entellina
Comune di Contessa Entellina
Bashkia e Kuntisës
Landscape of Contessa Entellina
Landscape of Contessa Entellina
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Location of Contessa Entellina
Contessa Entellina is located in Italy
Contessa Entellina
Contessa Entellina
Location of Contessa Entellina in Italy
Contessa Entellina is located in Sicily
Contessa Entellina
Contessa Entellina
Contessa Entellina (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°44′N 13°11′E / 37.733°N 13.183°E / 37.733; 13.183Coordinates: 37°44′N 13°11′E / 37.733°N 13.183°E / 37.733; 13.183
Metropolitan cityPalermo (PA)
 • MayorLeonardo Spera
 • Total136.48 km2 (52.70 sq mi)
571 m (1,873 ft)
 (30 June 2017)[2]
 • Total1,721
 • Density13/km2 (33/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code091
Patron saintSaint Nicholas of Myra
Saint dayDecember 6
WebsiteOfficial website

Is located in the "Valle del Belìce" at 571 metres (1,873 ft) above sea level in the mountains called Brinjat, is situated 80 km from Palermo. The country, along with Piana degli Albanesi and Santa Cristina Gela, is among the three ethnic communities of Arbëreshë of Sicily, who still speak Albanian, carefully preserve the Orthodox rite, the Albanian costumes, musical and gastronomic traditions of the ancient Albania.


The foundation is attributed to about 1450 on the ruins of a remote farmhouse seniority, the "Comitissa", but the chapter officers, the granting of fiefs, were built in 1520, when he start the rebuilding, upgrading and restocking of Albanians from Albania and subsequently also by the southern Morea, from Albanian communities where they lived from 1300.

In ancient times it was near them the ancient Elymian city of Entella, in fact, with the discovery of archaeological ancient site, to give relief to the old site, you would add the name of the country, even the term Entella.

Today Contessa Entellina keeps the Albanian language, the culture of their ancestors, and holds the Byzantine rite (or Greek rite); but lives a very difficult period. From earthquake of Belice to date have followed many migrations, halving the population and depopulating the city center, the Albanian language is also taught to fewer and fewer young people so the community is constantly lost and stolen the identities.


  • Nicola Chetta (1741–1803), Byzantine-Greek rite priest, ethnographic, writer and poet.
  • Antonino Cuccia (1850–1938), popular poet whose work represent an important testimony of Arbëresh spoken in Contessa Entellina.
  • Vaccaro brothers
  • Lorenzo Tardo (1883–1967), Basilian priest and scholar of Byzantine music.
  • Vincenzo Scramuzza (1886?–1956), historian.
  • Leonardo Lala (1906–2000), writer and expert on Arbëreshë language, history, and folk traditions.
  • Giuseppe Schirò (junior)
  • Matteo Sciambra (1914–1967), Byzantine rite priest, university professor and writer, whose work focuses on the study of Arbëresh and on the preservation of the Byzantine liturgical heritage of the Arbëreshë communities in Sicily.
  • Bino (singer) (1953–2010), pop singer

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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