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San Gregorio di Catania
San Gregorio di Catania (Zip Code 95027) is 200 Km. distant from Agrigento, 134 Km. from Caltanissetta, 8 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 105 Km. from Enna, 92 Km. from Messina, 257 Km. from Palermo, 112 Km. from Ragusa, 66 Km. from Siracusa, 356 Km. from Trapani.
Photo © A.p.t. Catania
The municipality counts 10.171 inhabitants, its surface measures 561 hectares, and its population density counts 1813 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a hill area, 321 meters above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is located in piazza Marconi n. 11, tel. ++39 095-7219111 fax. ++39 095-7212342.
A big agricultural center, San Gregorio di Catania boasts a rich production of cereals, walnuts, almonds, olives, honey, and beautiful flowers that can be admired during the annual Flower Festival, held in the month of August. Typical cheese manufacturing is relevant.
Photo © Affinità Elettive
The town was named San Gregorio in honor of the homonymous Pope, whose mother had Sicilian origins, and the first inhabited center was one of the thirteen so-called "Farmhouses of Catania", and in the XVII century it belonged to the noble Massa family, dukes of Paternò.
Throughout the years, it also belonged to to the jurisdictions of Catiania first, and of Aci Castello after, until 1856 when it became an autonomous town.
The most outstanding monuments, from an architectural point of view, are the baroque Chiesa Madre, the Chiesa di S. Filippo d'Argirò, built in 1505 by lord Alvaro Paternò who used it as a family chapel, that presents the typical structure of the Middle Age votive churches, and the Chiesa dell'Immacolata of the Norman era, restructured many times throughout the years.