|The province of Messina
Rodì Milici(Zip Code 98059) is 174 km. distant from Agrigento, 219 km. from Caltanissetta, 122 km. from Catania, 178 km. from Enna, 53 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 221 km. from Palermo, 226 km. from Ragusa, 180 km. from Siracusa, 311 km. from Trapani.
The municipality has 2.389 inhabitants and an area of 3.616 hectares for a population density of 66 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises along the coast on a hilly area and is 125 metres above sea-level.
Photo © A.A.P.I.T. Messina
The Town Hall is placed in piazza Martino, tel. ++39 90 9741010 fax. ++39 90 9741657. Main economic activities are agriculture, breeding and handicraft. Products mostly cultivated are citrus fruit, corn, olives, wine-grapes. Breedings present are cattle and sheep ones. Typical handicrafts are carpets, and work made by reed and cane.
The village derives its name from Greek Rhodìa and Melikos (apple-orchards, rose garden). The centre has been called Rodì till up 1947 when it assumed the current name after being annexed to farmhouse of Milici.
Its origins are ancient as they testify some archaeological rests found in zone, the territory was lived from the age of the bronze,that is from the XVIII-XV centuries a.C..
On the Ciappa mount it has been found rests of the acropoli of Longane, founded on a plane of the Peloritani from the native inhabitants Sicani, refugees on mounts to the arrival of the Sicilian ones.
In Grassorrella locality has been found one necropoli constituted from tombe to grotticella, that remember for tipology the rests of the tombe of Pantalica.
The recoveries of the acropoli and the necropoli testify therefore that the zone was inhabited from the prehistoric age and that the necropoli closely is tied to the acropoli of Longane because the ritual of the interment of the dead men was typical of the Sicani.
Later on and until the centuries XVIII d.C. the city belonged to the Knights of S. Giovanni Gerosolomitano.
In the 1582 the town was seriously damaged by an alluvium and began to expand more to the north. It was a fraction of Castroreale until the 1923, when became an independent municipality.
Among the most important monuments we outpoint here the rests of the Great Priorato dating back to the centuries XIII-XV, the Church of S. Rocco, and the two Churches dedicated to S. Bartolomeo.
Photo © A.A.P.I.T. Messina
The oldest Church of S.Bartolomeo has been found under a tick strate of mud in 1980 near the river. This suggests the possibility of the presence of an ancient town along the river from where people moved to the mountain as a result of the alluvium of 1582.
Today it's possible to see the new Church of Saint Bartolomeo, constructed in late-renaissance style where the oxes stopped while they carried the statue of the Saint Patron of Rodì.
Intersting to see is also the Arch of the Poets with a large mask that testifies the presence of a section of the Sicilian poetical school during the Frederic the Great's age, the Church of Immaculate, reconstructed in the beginning on '900 on the ancient church of the Madonna of the Idria where inside conserve an altar in marble of the Church of S. Gregorio collapsed in 1908.
Interesting is also the splendid Colloca Palace and the presence of numerous murales painted by important sicialian's artists in 1970.