The province of Messina



A panoramic view of Mistretta

Mistretta (Zip Code 98073) is 177 km. distant from Agrigento, 118 km. from Caltanissetta, 138 km. from Catania, 78 km. from Enna, 167 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 123 km. from Palermo, 223 km. from Ragusa, 196 km. from Siracusa, 222 km. from Trapani.

Photo © The Environment office of Diocesi di Patti 

A particulr view of Mistretta

The municipality has 5.939 inhabitants and an area of 12.676 hectares for a population density of 47 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a mountainous area and is 931 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in via Libertà n. 249, tel. ++39 921 381677 fax. ++39 921 381035. E-mail address is:

Main economic activities are agriculture,breeding and handicraft. Products mostly cultivated are olives, grain, citrus fruit and grapes. Breedings present are cattle, horse and sheep ones. Typical handicrafts are made in wrought iron and ebony.

The original name of Mistretta in the Medieval period was Amestratus soon after changed into Mistretta.

Photo © The Environment office of Diocesi di Patti 

Church of St. Caterina

The territory where the small town stands out was conquered by Romans but the current centre was populated during the Medieval period.

During Norman domination it became a feud and it passed in 1637 into royal State.

The most interesting monuments are the Cathedral church of ancient origins and restored in 1630 and the ramains of the Medieval Castle and the Church of St. Caterina of Rinascimento.

Among important persons original of this place there are the glottologist Antonio Pagliaro (1898-1973), who was President of the Upper Council of Public Education and the editor of Italian Encyclopedia, the folklorist Giuseppe Cocchiara (1904-1965) professor of Literature of Popular Traditions at the University of Palermo and the organizer of Pitrè Museum of Palermo.

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