The province of Catania



The city of Riposto
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Riposto (Zip Code 95018) is 220 Km. distant from Agrigento, 154 Km. from Caltanissetta, 28 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 125 Km. from Enna, 68 Km. from Messina, 256 Km. from Palermo, 132 Km. from Ragusa, 86 Km. from Siracusa, 355 Km. from Trapani.

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Port of Riposto

The municipality counts 13.893 inhabitants, its surface measures 1.288 hectares, and its population density counts 1079 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a plain area, 7 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza San Pietro, tel. ++39 095-938122 fax. ++39 095-932034, toll free number 800213544 (only for italian residence). E-mail address is:

A big agricultural center, Riposto boasts a rich production of wine grapes, citrus fruits, and olives.

The name Riposto derives from commercial Sicilian term U ripostu, that means "wine cellar" because it used to function as a deposit for the huge quantities of wine gathered in the nearby towns of Giarre and Mascali.

The first suburb belonged to the town of Giarre until 1841, when it became independent thus experiencing a noteworthy financial an urban development.

In 1939, the town became dependent once again, subjugated to Giarre's administration, and it was first called "Riposto-Giarre" and in  1942, it was named "Jonia". In 1945, the two towns were administratively divided once again.

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The mother church

The most outstanding monuments are the classic Chiesa Madre dedicated to S. Pietro, preserving numerous paintings by Giuseppe Zacco (XIX century), Antonio Bonaccorsi (1826-1897) and Matteo Desiderato (XVIII-XIX centuries).

In the same church are also visible the only existing French organ in Italy dating back to 1800 and a most beautiful pulpit.

Very important is also the Church of the Madonna della Lettera, erected in 1710, beholding a marvelous painting of the Madonna con il Bambino, whose date of creation is uncertain.

The Palazzo Comunale , built in 1920, is also very interesting to see.

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