The province of Catania



A panoramic view of Linguaglossa
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Linguaglossa (Zip Code 95015) is 241 Km. distant from Agrigento, 175 Km. from Caltanissetta, 49 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 146 Km. from Enna, 69 Km. from Messina, 235 Km. from Palermo, 153 Km. from Ragusa, 107 Km. from Siracusa, 334 Km. from Trapani.

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The Town Hall

The municipality counts 5.534 inhabitants, its surface measures 5.838 hectares, and its population density counts 95 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a mountain area, 550 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza Municipio, tel. ++39 095-7777111 fax. ++39 095-643322.

A renown skiing tourist center, Linguaglossa is outstanding for the rich production of wine grapes, walnuts, almonds, chestnuts, and mushrooms. The cattle breeding and the sheep and goat farms are outstanding as well, along with production of excellent typical Sicilian cheeses. The handicrafts activity boasts the production of wooden and iron objects, exposed during the annual Fair of wooden sculptures and murals, held during the months of July and August.

The name Linguaglossa derives from the ancient term Linguagrossa, referring to a "grossa lingua di lava" (a big tongue of lava). The first inhabited center goes back to 1145 and, in time, it belonged to the noble families Crisafi, Cottone, and Patti. Afterwards, it became a possession of the Bonanno family until 1634, when the town was annexed to the Royal property and it acquired its autonomy.

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The mother church

The most relevant monuments are the Chiesa Madre erected in 1613, that preserves a wooden choir dated 1728, and the Chiesa di S. Egidio, who is the town's patron saint, built under the Angevin dynasty; it preserves a splendid Gothic portal representing the town's emblem. Architecturally, extremely interesting are the Chiesa dei SS. Vito e Antonio of the XVII century, that has a lava stone portal, and the Chiesa di S. Francesco di Paola of the XVI century, preserving a famous marble statue of the Madonna dell'Oreto, by Gagini (1478-1536).

One of Linguaglossa's noteworthy citizens was the famous sculptor Francesco Messina (1900-1996), author of two incredible sculptures: the "Cavallo morente" (the dying horse), situated in front of the RAI (State television) building, and the "Venere" (Venus), placed in the garden of the SIAE building, both in Rome.

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