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Province of Enna, Sicily region, Italy
Nicosia rises in the center of the Val Demone on four high hills (Cappuccini, Monte Oliveto, Roccapalta e Castello) covered with pinewoods, on the southern slope of the Nebrodi mountain group.
The present settlement rose first under the castle, in an inaccessible position, then in the later Middle Ages started to spread downhill into the valley. The town has very ancient origins and a long history, since it was founded by the Greeks, then occupied by the Romans, destroyed by the barbarians but reconstructed under the Normans, who favored the immigration of families from Lombardy and Piedmont, which explains why the local dialect contains many Piedmontese and Lombard words.
Altitude: 720 m a.s.l -- Population: about 15,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 94014 -- Phone Area Code: 0935
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In the place there were three towns, Erbita, Engio and Imachara, and though the exact position of the three centers has not yet been identified, the findings of Greek and Roman coins all around the castle is a proof of their existence. The name, most probably connected to San Nicola, whose worship is very common among Greek communities, points towards a Greek origin, possibly under the Byzantine domination of Sicily.
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