The modern town of Raffadali is renowned for its exquisite pastries, ice creams and the excellent quality of its almonds and pistachio. But its origins are traceable to the Neolithic age and hints of previous civilizations are still visible. Around the city there are some ancient necropolis such as Pietra Rossa and Mount Busonè. In the necropolis on Mount Busonè one of the tombs has yielded two female idols, the ‘Venuses of Busonè’, which are presumably of the copper age and are now housed in the Museum of Agrigento. The intricate maze of narrow streets and alleys betray the Arabic origins of the historical centre: in fact the name of Raffadali derives from Rahl-Afdahl (eccellent village), the name given to the town by the Saracens in the 9th century. Piazza Progresso is the main town square, with its Palazzo Baronale and the 16th century Chiesa Madre containing a roman sarcophagus of the 2nd century AD bearing a bass relief of the ‘ratto di Proserpina’. The Church of San Giuseppe with its rich baroque-style facade is in the vicinities. The “Pistacchio di Raffadali” is an excellent product recognized with the DOP certification. On the end of September, the “Fastuca Fest” or Feast of Pistacchio is celebrated with a pistachio’s products tasting and various events.Don’t be missing also a local broad fava bean soup called ‘macco’ and the socalled ‘cudduruni’: tasty savoury pizza-rolls filled with beets, potatoes, onions, olives, cheese and tomatoes.
Raffadali: distance from Agrigento approx.15 Km
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Raffadali: the coordinates indicate the lateral entrance to the Chiesa Madre.
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N 37° 24' 15.52''
E 13° 31' 52.86''