The province of Messina



A panoramic view of Floresta
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Floresta (Zip Code 98030) is 238 km. distant from Agrigento, 166 km. from Caltanissetta, 82 km. from Catania, 125 km. from Enna, 105 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 201 km. from Palermo, 222 km. from Ragusa, 140 km. from Siracusa, 300 km. from Trapani.

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The Church of Sant`Antonio

The municipality has 812 inhabitants and an area of 3.109 hectares for a density of population of 26 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on an inland mountainous area and is 1.275 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in via Umberto I, tel. ++39 0941-662036 fax. ++39 0941-662266.

Placed on an upland opposite to mount Etna, Floresta has a remarkable production of corn, potatoes, forages, and excellent wood. Breedings present are cattle and sheep ones which are despayed in the yearly Fair of Cattle that takes place in July.

Excellent are local cheese products. Particularly famous are the so-called Cavadduzzi, some sort of caciocavallo's shapes with the typical aspect of small horses.

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Paolo Salvaturi Fountain

According to interpretation of some scholars the village derives its name from the change of Foresta since in the territory are present numerous woods. The village was founded in 1600.

In 1619 came into possession of the Marquise Antonio Quintana Dueguas, then it was of his daughter Melchiora and in 1675 it passed to the Prince Paolo Ardoino. It has belonged to this family till up the second half of the XVIII century, when it became an indipendent commune.

The most interesting monuments are the Cappella delle Tre Vergini (Chapel of the three virgins) placed nearby the village, on the right bank of the river Flascio.

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A particular of Floresta

Particular are also some buildings of 1800 which are embellished by architraves decorated with figures of animals and wrought iron loaves and balconies. In the nearby countries there are characteristical casotti (little house) in local stone.

Beautiful are natural lakes, where it is possible to admire migratoty birds which pause there.

It is interesting to know that in 1940 the teacher of the Primary School Giuseppina Orlando was admonished by police because of her pacifist attitudes assumed during the World War II.

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