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Castel Mola (Zip Code 98030) is 126 Km. distant from Agrigento, 185 Km. from Caltanissetta, 59 Km. from Catania, 156 Km. from Enna, 47 Km. from Messina, that is the province it belongs to, 287 Km. from Palermo, 163 Km. from Ragusa, 117 Km. from Siracusa, 386 Km. from Trapani.
Photo © Walter Lo Cascio
The municipality has 1.095 inhabitants, its surface measures 1.640 hectares and its population density counts 68 inhabitants for square kilometre. It rises on the coast, on a hill 529 metres above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is located in piazza Cappuccini, tel. ++39 0942-28185 fax. ++39 0942-28195.
The main economical activities are agriculture, cattle-breeding and handicraft. The main cultivations are citrus fruits, olives, pricklypears, grapes and wheat and people farm sheep and cows. Characteristic of the town are wooden handicrafts and embroideries.
The original name of the town was Mola, meaning the millstone. This name was kept until 1862, when it was change with current denomination. The town was founded by the Siculians in the 8th century BC and destroyed by Dionisio I of Siracusa in 392 BC. In 350 BC it was rebuilt by Andromaco, the historian Timeo's father. It was conquered by the Romans, in 902 AD by the Arabs and in 1078 by the Normans.
Photo © A.A.P.I.T. Messina
It was owned by many different lords: Tommaso Marullo, Marquis of Condagosta, Placido Castello, Prince of Parco, Alvaro Villadicane, who in 1756 entitled Castelmola as a principality.
In 1860 its citizens voted for the annexation to Italy. From 1928 to 1947 it was part of Taormina and later it became an autonomous municipality.
Among the most important monuments we mention the ruins of the castle (16th century), the church of S. Giorgio built in the 17th century and the parochial church built in the 16th century and rebuilt in 1935.