The province of Catania

Aci Sant'Antonio


Aci Sant'Antonio
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Aci Sant'Antonio (Zip Code 95025) is 212 Km. distant from Agrigento, 140 Km. from Caltanissetta, 13 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 105 Km. from Enna, 83 Km. from Messina, 262 Km. from Palermo, 117 Km. from Ragusa, 71 Km. from Siracusa, 369 Km. from Trapani.

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Chiesa Maria dei Tribolati

The municipality counts 15.340 inhabitants, its surface measures 1.427 hectares, and its population density counts 1074 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a coastal hilly area, 302 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in via Regina Margherita n. 8, tel. ++39 095-7010011 fax. ++39 095-7891424.

A big agricultural center, Aci Sant'Antonio is outstanding for the cultivation of citrus fruits, olives, fruit, and excellent wine grapes, that produce wines exhibited during the annual Fair of the typical Sicilian wines, held in the month of August. Cattle breeding and horse farms are flourishing. Local handicrafts boast the production of the famous "Carretti Siciliani" (Sicilian wagons) and the "Sponde" illustrating the battles and achievements of the French Paladins.

The name Aci Sant'Antonio derives from the ancient, and no longer existent, Church dedicated to the homonymous Saint. The first center rose during the Middle Ages. It was repetitively destroyed by the lava flows of the mountain Etna, in 1169, 1329, and 1408.

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Chiesa Maria delle Grazie

It was rebuilt little by little, and belonged to the noble Platamone family first, and then to the Moncada family. The current center was founded in 1672, by will of Prince Luigi Riggio. The suburb was damaged once again by 1693's earthquake, and nevertheless experienced another slow renewal.

The most outstanding monuments are the Duomo, rebuilt after 1693 with a baroque facade, and the Chiesa di S. Michele that preserves several paintings by Vasta (1697-1760). Architecturally interesting are also the Palazzo Riggio and the Palazzo Spitaleri, both erected in 1700.

A famous citizen from Aci Sant'Antonio was Antonio Musumeci (1876-1964), a physician who received and assisted nearby Messina's earthquake victims in 1908.

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