Burgio - Sicily
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Historically remarkable is the Arab Castle (or Tower), that has recently been restructured.
The town was founded by the Arabs, who had a military tower built, that still overlooks the town. This tower was conquered by the Normans during the 11thI century, who actively utilized it. In the 15th century, Burgio was acquired by Count Federico D'Antiochia, was afterwards possessed first by the Peralta family, and then by the Cardona family. Furthermore, Burgio belonged to the Colonna family until 1812, when the feudal rights were abolished.
Burgio's agriculture is mainly characterized by the cultivation and production of olives, grapes, almonds, and citrus fruits.The home-made pastries from Burgio, in particular cannoli (Sicilian pastries filled with ricotta cheese) are typical. Characteristic are the hand painted ceramics in the typical yellow and green colours, the bronze bells, wooden objects, and embroideries.
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