The province of Messina

Gioiosa Marea


Veduta di Gioiosa Marea
Photo © Carlo Terranova

Photo © Carlo Terranova 

Batolo Palace

Gioiosa Marea (Zip Code 98063) is 245 km. distant from Agrigento, 199 km. from Caltanissetta, 113 km. from Catania, 158 km. from Enna, 88 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 171 km. from Palermo, 217 km. from Ragusa, 171 km. from Siracusa, 270 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 7.232 inhabitants and an area of 2.631 hectares for a population density of 275 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on a flat area along the coast and is 30 metres above sea-level.  

Photo © Egidio Marziano 

Cathedral Church  

The Town Hall is placed in via Natoli Gatto n. 108, tel. ++39 0941-301013 fax. ++39 0941-302645.

Main economic activities are agriculture and fishing. Products mostly cultivated are citrus fruit, vegetables, olives, figs, fruit. Among fish products there are above all sardines, anchoys and tattlers.

The name of the small town derives from the town Gioiosa Guardia, distroyed by the earthquake of 1783 and its inhabitants founded the new centre.

Photo © Egidio Marziano 

Archaeological Remains

The addition Marea has been added to distinguish it from the old town.

The ancient centre was founded in 1366 by Vinciguerras on the mount of Gioiosa and it was left at the end of the XVIII century.

New town centre later rose along the coast.

The most interesting monuments are the Cathedral Church dedicated to St. Nicola of Bari; the Church of St. Maria delle Grazie and the ruins of the ancient Gioiosa Guardia.

Photo © Carlo Terranova 

Veduta della spiaggia di Gioiosa Marea

Besides the archaeological remains found a north-east of the mount of Gioiosa are very interesting and they date back to the V century B.C..

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