Comune di Serradifalco

Coat of arms

Location of Serradifalco in Italy

Coordinates: 37°27′N 13°53′E / 37.450°N 13.883°E / 37.450; 13.883Coordinates: 37°27′N 13°53′E / 37.450°N 13.883°E / 37.450; 13.883
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Caltanissetta (CL)
Frazioni Grottadacqua
  Mayor Michele Ricotta
  Total 41 km2 (16 sq mi)
Elevation 504 m (1,654 ft)
Population (2006)
  Total 6,420
  Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Serradifalchesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 93010
Dialing code 0934
Patron saint San Leonardo Abate
Website Official website

Serradifalco (Sicilian: Serradifarcu) is a town and comune in the province of Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy.

Serra del Falcone.


Serradifalco (from Serra del Falcone, "Mountain of the Falcon") was founded in the Kingdom of Sicily, in a feudal fief which bore the same name since the late 15th century. The town itself was founded in 1640 under permit from King Philip IV of Spain to Maria Ventimiglia, grandmother and governess of Baron Francesco Grifeo, a minor. In 1652, ownership of the Barony and Town passed to the Lo Faso family. In 1666, it became a Duchy under Duke Leonardo Lo Faso, and it remained in control of the House of Lo Faso until the abolition of feudalism in 1812. Its last duke was Domenico Antonio Lo Faso Pietrasanta (17831863). His rule was from 1809 through 1812. He was a renowned archaeologist and was instrumental in promulgating the excavation and restoration of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

Sulfur mining, in some of the oldest mines in Sicily, and farming were the most prevalent occupations in Serradifalco after the Italian unification in 1860.

Serradifalco was the site of the first bicycle manufacturer in southern Italy, Montante Cicli, which produces one of the world's elite brands of bicycles.

In the great emigration of Sicilians to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many Serradifalchesi farm laborers and sulfur miners went to American towns, including Pittston and Robertsdale, where they worked as coal miners; and to Buffalo and its rural environs, where they found employment with the steel plants and railroads, and in the strawberry and corn fields.

Main sights

Twin towns


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