|The province of Catania
Tremestieri Etneo (Zip Code 95030) is 201 Km. distant from Agrigento, 135 Km. from Caltanissetta, 9 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 106 Km. from Enna, 95 Km. from Messina, 258 Km. from Palermo, 113 Km. from Ragusa, 67 Km. from Siracusa, 357 Km. from Trapani.
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The municipality counts 18.758 inhabitants, its surface measures 646 hectares, and its population density counts 2904 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a hill area, 390 meters above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is located in piazza Mazzini, tel. ++39 095-7511474 fax. ++39 095-7412677, toll free number 800663848 (only for italian residence).
A charming agricultural center, Tremestieri Etneo boasts a rich production of citrus fruits, olives, and wine grapes. The local handicraft activity is characterized by the production of tombolo embroideries (a typical art utilizing needles), and of lava stone objects.
Several factories for the processing of agricultural and zootechnical products are present throughout the territory (especially delicatessen factories), as well as textile firms and stone quarries.
The name Tremestieri derives from the Latin term Tria Monasteria, that means "tre monasteri" (three monasteries), although many scholars believe that the dialectal form Trimmusteri should be translated into "tre palmenti" (three millstones) because of the presence of numerous vineyards throughout the territory.
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The appositive Etneo was added later, to distinguish it from the homonymous town in the province of Messina.
Until 1641, it was owned by the jurisdiction of Catania's municipality, and then became a possession of lord Giovanni Andrea Massa, appointed duke. In 1646, it was bestowed to nobleman Pietro De Gregorio Buglio, thus to the feudal Rizzari family, who owned it until the abolition of the feudal rights.
Extremely interesting, architecturally speaking, are the Chiesa Madre, the Chiesa di S. Maria delle Grazie, the Chiesa di Maria SS. Immacolata and the Chiesa dell'Idra.