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Favara

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Favara is a town in the province of Agrigento, famous worldwide for a delicious Easter cake, the Easter Lamb, prepared with almond and pistachios pastry; it is located 10Km from the capital town, at the foot of the Mount Caltafaraci. The first human settlements date back to the Copper Age, evidenced by some ceramic finds unhearted in Ticchiara area; other artifacts, especially tombs, reveal that this area was inhabited also in the Bronze Age. It was a Magna Graecia colony (remains of an ancient fortification in Caltafaraci area) and, later, a Muslim domain (the place name, in fact, derives from the Arab word "fawwara", meaning "source"). Many "casali" and the Chiaramonte Castle were built under the Norman domination.
Attractions:
- the Chiaramonte Castle, built in 1270 by the Chiaramonte family. An ogival door, located in the southern side of the castle, introduces you into the courtyard; the ground floor has vaulted ceilings while the first floor was the residential area. It was recently refurbished and today houses cultural events and art exhibitions.
- the XVIII century Church of SS. Rosario, with coffered ceiling, Baroque style stucco and majolica tiled floor;
- the Church of Santa Rosalia, built after the plague of 1626;
- the Cathedral, built between 1892 and 1898, has a white Syracuse stone façade and a beautiful dome;
- the Church of Maria Santissima dell'Itria, the oldest of the town, dating back to XIV-XV century;
- the XIV century Church of San Nicola di Bari;
- Palazzo Mendola (XIX century);
- Palazzo Fanara (XIX century);
- Palazzo di Salvatore Cafisi (XIX century);
- Palazzo di Giuseppe Cafisi (XIX century);
- Palazzo Albergamo (XIX-XX century);
- Palazzo Contino, then Fidirichello (XIX century);
- the remains of a Roman villa (I century BC), with thermal bath and mosaics;
- a necropolis of the Bronze Age, in Santo Stefano area.

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