Italiano
The province of Catania

Paternò

 

Indipendenza Square
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Paternò (Zip Code 95047) is 145 Km. distant from Agrigento, 116 Km. from Caltanissetta, 13 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 104 Km. from Enna, 142 Km. from Messina, 265 Km. from Palermo, 84 Km. from Ragusa, 71 Km. from Siracusa, 318 Km. from Trapani.

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Sanctuary of Maria SS. Consolazione

The municipality counts 46.305 inhabitants, its surface measures 14.404 hectares, and its population density counts 321 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a coastal hilly area, 250 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in Zona Ardizzone, tel. ++39 095-859740 fax. ++39 095-856659, toll free number 800293224 (only for italian residence). E-mail address is: info@comune.paterno.ct.it.

Situated on the slopes of a basaltic cliff, Paternò is outstanding for the conspicuous production of citrus fruits, olives, grapes, and fruit. Cattle breeding and sheep farms are flourishing because of the vast pasture areas. The local handicraft activity boasts the production of the renown "carretti siciliani" (Sicilian wagons), exhibited during the annual Handcrafts Exhibit/Market held in the month of May. Throughout the territory, there are numerous salt-water springs called "Salinelle", acidulous springs, and gaseous and ferruginous springs.

The name Paternò derives from the Greek term Ep'Adernòn, that means "towards Adrano" because of the temple dedicated to the god Adrano erected in town, to whom the local inhabitants were devoted. The first inhabited center was founded in the XI century by the Normans, and it was the stable home of the Norman count Ruggero d'Altavilla and his wife Adelasia for a long time. Afterwards, it belonged to several feudal lords such as Policastro, until the abolition of the feudal rights.

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Church of Benedettine

Architecturally speaking, the most interesting monuments are the Chiesa Madre erected in 1342, the Chiesa di S. Francesco of 1346, preserving a Gothic apse, the Chiesa di Cristo al Monte built in the XVI century, typically baroque, and the Chiesa della Gancia erected in 1072 by will of the countess Adelasia, preserving  a beautiful Gothic portal. The Norman Castle built in 1073 by count Ruggero is relevant as well, subsequently restructured many times.

Among Paternò's citizens, the most noteworthy was Emanuele Rapisarda (1900-1989), a notorious latinist and professor at the University of Catania, who founded the "Movimento Europeo per la difesa del latino" (the European movement for the defense of the Latin language).

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  • Phone: +39 0923 / 547983 - +39 0923 / 548695
  • Fax: +39 0923 / 038230
  • E-mail: info@sicilia.indettaglio.it
  • Address: Corso Piersanti Mattarella n. 12 91100 Trapani (Tp) Italia