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Villarosa

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Villarosa

We will be visiting Sicily early next year. While there, we are planning on visiting the location of my ancestors - Villarosa, Sicily. We know this is not a common tourist stop or point of interest, but is there anyone that has any information or advice about this spot? All comments and info is welcomed - positive or negative. Thanks!

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Villarosa is a rural smalltown (around 5,000) near Caltanissetta and Enna, very local and bit remote, don'texpect much to see or do there. You can leave the motorway (A19 Palermo-Catania) at Caltanissetta or Resuttano exit to reach Villarosa, it isn't actually very far but roads are slow (and not in good shape) in the area

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Welcome to Sicily and your ancestral town AndrewYavonne C!

Enna is a good base to explore the area and Villarosa.

www.comune.villarosa.en.it/hh/index.php

www.enna-sicilia.it/english/villarosa.htm

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Thanks for the comments. We already knew it was a small, uneventful town but want to go just to know we have been and stood in the town (maybe have lunch?). We have done some research and thought we could incorporate a visit to the Villa Romana del Casale to see the mosaics -- what do you think of that idea?

We had considered renting a car in Agrigento, and driving all the way across to Taormina, stopping in Villarosa for lunch,etc. Is this feasible? How long would that take to drive it? Are there car rental places in those 2 towns - to pick up & drop off a rental car? How much would that cost?

Thanks!

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Villarosa may be a small and uneventful town, but it's your ancestral town, and it's understandable that you would want to walk the town, enjoy lunch, and perhaps even spend a night to feel the pulse of the town early in the morning and in the evening.

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You might also base in Enna or Piazza Armerina.

It would be lovely to explore Enna, the Villa Romana del Casale, Morgantina, and the archaeological museum in Aidone from any base in this area.

Yes, you could hire a car in Agrigento and return the car in Taormina.

Contact Auto Europe, and speak directly with a representative.

www.autoeurope.com/index.cfm…

And check driving routes, and estimated driving times and distances on ViaMichelin.

http://www.viamichelin.com/

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I hired a person to translate for me when I went to city hall AND the hall of records~ These folks don't speak English, and hardly Italian! I found a family member before, and had my translator set up a lunch for us to meet. The cemetery is all moselleums (sp), and they are locked. Make arrangements if you wish to view family members! Everyone is very friendly but without a translator you will be able to eat, that's about it!

I went in Nov of 2013...I would be glad to assist in anyway! I am in Illinois too!

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Also, there is no hotel there. I am sure you would not get a rental car there. There is only one really place to eat. It is going to be an interesting trip back in time!

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Thanks for your report AuntieSusie!

You might contact Rosy Bartolotta in advance of your visit AndrewYavonne C. Rosy Bartolotta is a specialist in family history records, and she could begin your research prior to your arrival, and then accompany you to the Ufficio Anagrafe at the Comune di Villarosa.

bestsicilyguides.com/sicilianfamilyresearch.…

Vagabonda

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Noted you are from Herrin. My mother's family also came from Villarosa and my mother was born in Herrin. Chances are we are distantly related, or our families both left Sicily and ended up working in Herrin when they first came to the states. My mother's family name was LaValle and there are Cantellas in the mix too. My cousin did travel to Villarosa and got copies of marriage record, etc, there. Hope you enjoy your travels. Would love to compare notes with you.

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It would be lovely to compare notes, so perhaps contact AndrewYavonne C privately via PM.

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OMG! My GGrandmother from Villarosa was a LaValle also! I am Outside of Springfield, Il.