The province of Catania



Panoramic view of city
Photo © Municipality of Viagrande

Viagrande(Zip Code 95029) is 215 Km. distant from Agrigento, 132 Km. from Caltanissetta, 10 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 95 Km. from Enna, 86 Km. from Messina, 265 Km. from Palermo, 114 Km. from Ragusa, 68 Km. from Siracusa, 364 Km. from Trapani.

Photo © A.p.t. Catania 

A view panoramic of Mountain Etna

The municipality counts 6.150 inhabitants, its surface measures 1.005 hectares, and its population density counts 612 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a hilly area, 410 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza S. Mauro, tel. ++39 95 7894220 fax. ++39 95 7894029. E-mail address is:

The agricultural activity is primarily based on the production of grapes and fruit.

The town's name derives from the Sicilian term Và ranni, that means la via grande (the big road), referring to the royal road connecting Catania to Messina.

Photo © A.p.t. Catania 

Church of San Salvatore

On this road, barrels full of typical wine were carried on the carramatti (four wheel wagons pulled by mules).

There is little historical information available: the town belonged to the feud of Trecastagni until 1642, thus it became a possession of Domenico Di Giovanni, and again a baronial feud of the Alliata family.

Among the noteworthy monuments, there is the Chiesa Madre that has a baroque imprint, the Church of San Salvatore and the extremely peculiar habitations, with open court-yards and lively lava stone portals.

During the vintage season, Viagrande organizes the Sfilata dei Cufinari (Cufinari parade), on Sunday, dressed of the ancient vintage costumes.

The cufinu is the big basket holding the grapes to carry to the millstone for the squashing.

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