The province of Catania



The city of Bronte
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Bronte (Zip Code 95034) is 198 Km. from Agrigento, 128 Km. from Caltanissetta, 53 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 87 Km. from Enna, 106 Km. from Messina, 203 Km. from Palermo, 192 Km. from Ragusa, 111 Km. from Siracusa, 302 Km. from Trapani.

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The municipality counts 19.841 inhabitants, its surface measures 25.001 hectares, and its population density counts 79 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over an internal mountain area, 760 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in via Spedalieri, tel. ++39 095-7747111 fax. ++39 095-691560. E-mail address is:

Situated on a steep slope overlooking the valley of the Simeto river, Bronte boasts a rich production of citrus fruits, cereals, olives, almonds, and excellent pistachios (also used for ice-cream and pastry making), that can be tasted during the annual Festival of the "pistacchio d'oro" (golden pistachio) held in the month of August. Cattle breeding, as well as goat farms, are relevant because of the numerous pasture areas.

The name Bronte derives from the Greek term Bronte, that means rumble, thunder referring to the volcano eruptions of the nearby mountain Etna. Of Arab origins, the suburb experienced its greatest growth approximately during 1520, when King Carlo V gathered the inhabitants in the bordering farmhouses and subjugated them to the Monastery of Maniace.

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Church of Cappuccini

The feud was repetitively destroyed by the volcanic eruptions of 1651, 1832 and 1843. Afterwards, after a slow reconstruction, Ferdinando IV bestowed the town to General Orazio Nelson, as a reward for his excellent service during the Revolution of Naples (1799).

The most relevant monuments are the baroque style Colleggio Capizzi erected during the XVIII century, the XVI century Chiesa Madre dedicated to the Trinity, the Middle Age Chiesa di S. Giovanni dated 1580, and the Chiesa dell'Annunziata, built in 1535, preserving a beautiful sandstone portal.
The territory is rich of natural reserves and parks, such as the Parco dell'Etna, the Parco dei Nebrodi, and the Riserva Serra del Re.

One of Bronte's most famous citizens was the philosopher Nicola Spedalieri (1740-1795), inventor of the liberal Catholicism ideological current. 

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