Si Trova: a Vizzini
Lat: 37° 9' 53.06055" N - Long: 14° 45' 6.608748" E
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The "Cunziria" of Vizzini is located in a place with naturalistic attractions, bordered by hills and surrounded by prickly pears.
It is a nineteenth-century village, a true example of industrial archeology, consisting of a large number of houses, some of which are multi-story, with a simple but picturesque appearance.
The location was dictated by the presence of a source of water, essential for tanning leather, called "Fontana", which contributed to making a highly appreciated product.
Inside the "Cunziria" there is still today the little church dedicated to Sant'Eligio, of which only the structure remains.
The large artificially excavated caves east of the complex are traditionally referred to as tanneries.
It is not known the era of settlement of the tanneries, but it is believed to bring the origins back to the ancient Bidis mentioned by Cicero.
La Cunziria is one of the symbolic sites of the entire work of Giovanni Verga, it is in fact inserted in the Verghiani routes because here the writer set the duel between Alfio and Turiddu in the opera "Cavalleria Rusticana".
Recently owned by the province of Catania, Cunziria is being restored for the purposes of historical-literary valorisation.
What happened in Sicily: 27 November
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St George's Portal
An example of Gothic-Catalan architectural style
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