The province of Messina



A panoramic view of Alì
Photo © Domenico Triolo

Alì (Zip Code 91011) is 270 km. distant from Agrigento, 204 km. from Caltanissetta, 78 km. from Catania, 175 km. from Enna, 23 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 280 km. from Palermo, 182 km. from Ragusa, 137 km. from Siracusa, 183 km. from Trapani.

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Chiesa Santa Maria degli Angeli

The municipality has 1.001 inhabitants and an area of 1.669 hectares for a density of population of 60 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a hilly area and is 450 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in Ctr. Santa Caterina, tel. ++39 0942-700006 fax. ++39 0942-700500.

The main economic activities are agriculture, breeding and handicraft. The prevailing cultures are citrus fruit, vegetables, olives, chestnuts, fruit and grapes. There are cattle and sheep breedings. Peculiar is the hand working of iron and wood.

The name of the little town derives from Arabic Aly that means high. To distinguish it from the homonymous commune of Alì Terme it has mantained the appositive Superiore until 1960.

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Convento dei Cappuccini

Historic centre has two town nucleus, one of Arabic origin placed on the slopes of Mount S. Lena and the other placed easter than the former and dates back to '500.

In 1093 the little town was given by the Earl Ruggero to the Monastery of SS. Pietro and Paolo and it remained for many centuries.

Of particular artistic importance are the Cathedral Church, dedicated to S. Agata and it was built in the XVI century in the late Renaissance style, the Convento dei Cappuccini, the Chiesa della Madonna degli Angeli, the Palazzo della Famiglia Maggiore and the Palazzo Famiglia Fama.

Among its famous citizens we cite the writer Stefano D'Arrigo, lived in the last century, wrote the novel "Horcynus Orca", in which he tells the adventures of a Sicilian sailor in a very original and expressive language.

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