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Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto
Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto Gotto (Zip Code 98051) is 286 km. distant from Agrigento, 216 km. from Caltanissetta, 124 km. from Catania, 175 km. from Enna, 45 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 214 km. from Palermo, 228 km. from Ragusa, 182 km. from Siracusa, 313 km. from Trapani.
Photo © A.A.P.I.T. Messina
The municipality has 41.395 inhabitants and an area of 5.889 hectares for a density of population of 703 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a coastal hilly area and is 60 metres above sea-level.
The Town Hall is placed in piazza Municipio, tel. ++39 90 97901 fax. ++39 90 9790206. E-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most important economical activities are agriculture, breeding and handicraft. As regards the agriculture the most cultivated products are cereals, grapes, mulberries, novelties, olives, citrus fruit and tobaccos. In the breeding field there are cattle and sheep breedings. Wood handicrafts are very important especially barrels and vats.
The name of the little town is originated from the homonymous Spanish city while the appositive derives from the village Pozzo di Gotto and in 1835 it was joined to it. The village Pozzo di Gotto was already exsistent in the XVI century and it was so called because it rose round a well sunk by Filippo Gotto. Barcellona was founded in 1639 and has belonged to Castroreale's territory until half of the XVIII century.
Of particular artistic importance are the basilican church dell'Assunta, the Cathedral of S. Sebastiano built in 1606 and rebuilt in 1936, the church of S. Vito of '500. Besides the archaeological ruins of Località Uliveto are very important because they preserve some necropolis of the VI-VII centuries B.C..
Among its most famous citizens we can cite Giuseppina Bolognani, caleed "Peppa la Cannoniera". In fact she in 1860 in Catania, during an revolt against Bourbons, got a Bourbonic gun by a slip-knot and used it against enemies. For this reason she was decorated with a silver medal for valour.