Acquaviva Platani

Acquaviva Platani
Acquaviva Plàtani
Comune di Acquaviva Platani

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Acquaviva Platani

Location of Acquaviva Platani in Italy

Coordinates: 37°34′N 13°42′E / 37.567°N 13.700°E / 37.567; 13.700Coordinates: 37°34′N 13°42′E / 37.567°N 13.700°E / 37.567; 13.700
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Caltanissetta (CL)
  Mayor Salvatore Caruso
  Total 14 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation 558 m (1,831 ft)
Population (2001)
  Total 1,231
  Density 88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Acquavivesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 93010
Dialing code 0934
Patron saint Holy Crucifix Madonna delle Grazie
Saint day Second Sunday in September 1st Sunday In August

Acquaviva Platani (Sicilian: Acquaviva Plàtani) is a hill town and comune in the province of Caltanissetta.

The name of the town (meaning "Living Water" in Italian) is derived from the numerous natural springs in the area. Until 1862, the town was called simply Acquaviva; the appositive Platani was added to distinguish it from the other three Italian towns named Acquaviva. Platani is the name of the river which flows nearby.

The economy is based on agriculture: the production of wheat, olives, almonds, and pistachios are important. Also, cattle and horse breeding, along with sheep farms provide income.

Sights include the Torre dell'Orologio (clock tower) which was built in 1894, and the 17th century Chiesa Madre (Mother Church), dedicated to Santa Maria della Luce.

Salvatore Quasimodo, who spent part of his childhood at Acquaviva Platani, writes about the town in his poem "Che vuoi pastore d'aria?", which was included in the Nuove Poesie collection

A recent mayor election (due to the retirement of Salvatore Mistretta the five year running mayor) on the 6th of May proved Salvatore Caruso as the new mayor with 384 votes.

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