|The province of Messina
Patti (Zip Code 98066) is 258 km. distant from Agrigento, 198 km. from Caltanissetta, 114 km. from Catania, 157 km. from Enna, 75 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 184 km. from Palermo, 218 km. from Ragusa, 172 km. from Siracusa, 283 km. from Trapani.
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The municipality has 13.524 inhabitants and an area of 5.018 hectares for a population density of 269 inhabitants per square kilometre.
It rises along the coast on a hilly area and is 157 metres above sea-level.
The Town Hall is placed in piazza Scaffidi n. 1, tel. ++39 0941-246111 fax. +39 0941-240623.
Main economic activities are agriculture,tourism and handicraft. Products mostly cultivated are citrus fruit, cereals, vegetables, olives, wine-grapes. Typical are pottery articles and marble and iron handicrafts.
Patti derives from Latin Pactae that means fixed. The centre was founded in 1094 during the domination of count Ruggero d'Altavilla. Later it was burnt down by Fredrick II of Aragon to penalize its loyalty to Angevins.
The centre was rebuilt and became a State dominion. But in 1544 was burnt down again by corsair Ariadeno Barbarossa. A new town and economic increase there was during the XVII century.
The most interesting monuments are the Cathedral built in the XVIII century; the church of St. Michele of Medieval period; the Sactuary of Madonna di Tindari placed nearby Patti and renowned destination of pilgrimages. It keeps in its inside a statue of "Madonna Nera" (Black Madonna) in Byzantine style.
Besides archaeological ruins of a Romana Villa are also very interesting. They date back to the II century A.D. and are found in Marina di Patti.
It exists a funny tongue twister about Patti: "U Sinnicu di Patti, manna a Napuli ppi piatti. E chi non c'erunu piatti a Patti, ca u Sinnicu di Patti manna a Napuli ppi piatti?" that is "The Mayor of Patti sends someone to Naples for plates. But were not plates in Patti if the Mayor of Patti sends someone to Naples for plates?".