The province of Catania

Mirabella Imbaccari


A panoramic view of Mirabella Imbaccari
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Mirabella Imbaccari (Zip Code 95040) is 131 Km. distant from Agrigento, 65 Km. from Caltanissetta, 93 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 48 Km. from Enna, 189 Km. from Messina, 207 Km. from Palermo, 92 Km. from Ragusa, 121 Km. from Siracusa, 306 Km. from Trapani.

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The Castle of Mirabella imbaccari

The municipality counts 8.591 inhabitants, its surface measures 1.535 hectares, and its population density counts 560 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over an internal hilly area, 518 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza Vespri, tel. ++39 0933-991122 fax. ++39 0933-991005. E-mail address is:

Situated on the slopes of the Ebrei mountains, Mirabella Imbaccari is outstanding for the rich production of grapes, citrus fruits, olives, almonds, and walnuts. The local handicraft activity is characterized by embroideries and by the tombolo (a particular type of lace worked with needles), exhibited during the annual Mostra artigianale del Tombolo (Tombolo handicraft exhibit) held in the month of September.

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Opera del Tombolo

The town was named Mirabella by its founder Giuseppe Paternò, baron of Raddusa, in honor of his wife  lady Eleonora Mirabella.

The first suburb was erected within the pre-existent feud of Baldo, but was immediately abandoned because of a deadly pestilence.

In 1635, it was rebuilt and the appositive "Imbaccari" was added, because of the homonymous hill the town rose on. As of the XVII century, it belonged to the Trigonia family, and then to the princes Biscari until 1925, as it became an independent town.

The most outstanding monuments are the Palazzo Biscari erected in 1630, partially damaged by 1693's earthquake, and the typically baroque Chiesa Madre.

It is interesting to remember that lady Angelina Auteri, from Catania, established the so-called "Opera del Tombolo" in town, in 1910, an association teaching this peculiar hand made  embroidery art, that is today's main activity of local handicrafts.

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