Take a closer look at business, education and quality of life in Caltanissetta, Italy.
- Wine Production
- Nougat and Candy-Making
- Artisanal Goods
Education and Workforce
Featuring several producers of fine artisanal products with long legacies from hand-carved pipes to specialty liquor, Caltanissetta has a high commitment to quality. The production of nougat and other sweets like marzipan are also very important to this Sicilian town. In its past, it was largely a mining community, extracting its abundant natural resources of sulfur, an industry which is now preserved in its The Mineralogical and Paleontological Museum of the Sulfur Mines of Caltanissetta.
With its “Magistero di Servizio Sociale,” or School of Social Services, Caltanissetta also provides training and eduction for social workers.
Quality of Life
Life in Caltanissetta is surrounded with a wealth of architecture and the richness of the city’s history and culture. Among its architectural treasures are the Castle of Pietrarossa, the Abbey of Santo Spirito and the Church of St. Agatha. The interior of the latter, pictured right, features rich polychromatic marble embellishments and a Greek-cross floor plan.
The church is just one example of how Caltanissetta’s culture comes together at the intersection of the Greek, Roman, Norman, Swabian, Anjou, Aragonese and Castilian influences that characterize Caltanissetta’s history. Each transition of power left a unique mark on the city that gives it its distinct identity today.
One of the most important expressions of Caltanissetta’s identity is its annual Easter Week, or La Settimana Santa. This week is full of community events, namely the Holy Thursday procession during which sixteen groups of statues are paraded through the streets to represent the steps of Christ’s passion.
- Torronificio Geraci – a Sicilian Nougat and Sweets Shop since 1870
- Amorelli – Handmade Wooden Tobacco Pipes
- Averna – High Quality Liquor
Government and Regional
- Italy-America Chambers of Commerce
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Caltanissetta (Italian)
- U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration
- U.S. Commercial Service Italy
- City of Caltanissetta website (Italian)
- Province of Caltanissetta (English)
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