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Floridia (Italian pronunciation: [floˈriːdja]; Sicilian: Ciuriḍḍia[3] [çʊˈɾiɖɖja]; from Latin Florae dies "day of Flora" or the adjective floridus "florid")[4] is a town and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily (Italy).

Floridia

Ciuriḍḍia  (Sicilian)
Comune di Floridia
Location of Floridia
Floridia is located in Italy
Floridia
Floridia
Location of Floridia in Italy
Floridia is located in Sicily
Floridia
Floridia
Floridia (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°05′N 15°09′E / 37.083°N 15.150°E / 37.083; 15.150Coordinates: 37°05′N 15°09′E / 37.083°N 15.150°E / 37.083; 15.150
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
ProvinceSyracuse (SR)
Government
 • MayorOrazio Scalorino (PD)
Area
 • Total26.48 km2 (10.22 sq mi)
Elevation
111 m (364 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total22,694
 • Density860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Floridiani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
96014
Dialing code0931
Patron saintSS. Maria Immacolata
Saint dayDecember 8
WebsiteOfficial website

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GeographyEdit

Floridia lies 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) west of Syracuse. Its principal industries are agriculture, livestock, and manufacturing.

Neighboring communities are Canicattini Bagni, Palazzolo Acreide, Syracuse, and Solarino.

HistoryEdit

Floridia was founded in 1628.

Main sightsEdit

Floridia's streets are laid out in an even, rectangular grid pattern. The main landmarks are:

  • Chiesa Madre S. Bartolomeo Apostolo
  • Chiesa di S. Antonio
  • Chiesa di S. Anna
  • Chiesa del Carmine, whose façade was greatly damaged by the 1908 Messina earthquake, but has since been restored
  • Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie, erected by the Spanish after their victory over the Austrians
  • Chiesa di S. Francesco
  • Cava di Spampinato, a rock formation of crevices and caves that were created by erosion
  • Casa di Ranieri, the home and religious site where many believers pray to the God of Rain each year

Notable people born or raised in FloridiaEdit

Notable residents and historical figures include:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ AA.; VV. (1996). Dizionario di toponomastica. Storia e significato dei nomi geografici italiani. Milano: GARZANTI. p. 276.
  4. ^ http://www.comuni-italiani.it/089/009/