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Racalmuto, tra:, (Racalmuto)

The town of racalmuto, tra, located 22 km North-East of Agrigento, is known that was born and spent most of his life, Leonardo sciascia, Sicilian writer and a keen observer of the 20th century. He is buried in the small local cemetery.

Another attraction in racalmuto, tra are the ruins of the castle of Chiaramonte, which is located in the city centre and marked by two large towers. It was around this castle built after the Norman conquest of Sicily, and increased agricultural settlement, and later turned into racalmuto, tra. The castle was built during the reign of Baron Roberto Malgovernance, consisting in the service of Roger Hauteville and Frederick of Aragon and later gave it and the surrounding lands into the possession of Frederick II Chiaramonte. In the early 14th century the new owners of the castle turned it into a very impressive structure. Having a plan irregular quadrangle, with round towers, massive gates and several additional entrances to the castle, without a doubt, is a shining example of military architecture of the Swabian period. On the ground floor you can see the arched doors, balconies and typical Windows, placed at random. The left tower has retained its original shape, and the right was restored and is now used as a Belvedere. In the early 20th century, the Chiaramonte castle was declared a national monument.

In the last century racalmuto, tra was an important mining centre of Sicily, but today the industry is in a decline. But here, the very development of agriculture and tourism. In addition to the castle in the town visit the Theater of Queen Margaret, built between 1870 and 1880. Accommodates up to 350 people, with two rows of stands, a horseshoe gallery, an orchestra pit and a large stage, he appeared as a symbol of wealth of the noble families of racalmuto, tra, who made his fortune in mining sulfur and wage labor. The theatre building stands in the garden of the former monastery of Santa Chiara, inside it is decorated with frescoes by Giuseppe Map, who created a curtain with the image of the "Sicilian Vespers" and 12 backs the work of Giuseppe Cavallaro.