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Alia, Sicilia One Place Study

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Location: Alia, Palermo, Sicily, Italymap
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Alia, Sicilia One Place Study

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The village of Alia was originally known as L'Alia, probably from an Arabic word for high place. A group of Arabians named Saracens lived in Sicilia in the early middle ages.


Beautiful garden village on a hillside in northern Sicilia, about 30 km south of Termini Immerse and about 50 km southeast of Palermo in the Provincia di Palermo, located on the sunny island of Sicilia, Italia.

Sicilia is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, just off the southern coast of the main peninsula of Italia, and has been home to many cultures throughout the millennia, leaving a rich and varied cultural and ancestral background for it's inhabitants.

Continent: Europe
Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
GPS Coordinates: 37.783333, 13.716667
Elevation: 673.0 m or 2208.0 feet


Founded in 1615 by a noblewoman Baronessa Signora Donna Francesca Cifuentes of Espana, who inherited the land. She later built the beautiful Cattadral church in 1630. She and her son are buried in the church.

Wars in the 1800s caused much deforestation, and subsequent famine in Sicilia, necessitating large scale immigration of her sons and daughters to foreign lands. Many people from Alia migrated to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and surrounding areas to work in the sugar cane fields following the American Civil War, and dozens of families from Louisiana and other parts of the United States trace their ancestors back to the beautiful village of Alia.



  • You can meet many residents of Alia on the facebook group "Alia Nel Mondo".

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My dad's maternal grandparents, Gioacchino Guarino and his second wife, Giuseppina Mancuso, were born in Alia. They emigrated to New Orleans area in 1890s and moved to Chicago before 1920. They had 13 children. My grandmother, Rosalia Guarino Castiglia, was the oldest daughter.
posted 7 Jul 2019 by Don Castella   [thank Don]
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