|The province of Messina
San Fratello (Zip Code 98075) is 223 km. distant from Agrigento, 177 km. from Caltanissetta, 107 km. from Catania, 136 km. from Enna, 136 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 149 km. from Palermo, 211 km. from Ragusa, 165 km. from Siracusa, 248 km. from Trapani.
The municipality has 4.776 inhabitants and an area of 6.707 hectares for a population density of 71 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a mountainous area and is 680 metres above sea-level.
The Town Hall is placed in via Roma, tel. ++39 0941-794697/794696 fax. +39 0941-794030.
Main economic activities are agriculture and breeding. Products mostly cultivated are citrus fruit, cereals, figs, olives, hazel-nuts, grapes, corn. Breedings present are cattle, horse, pig and sheep ones.
San Fratello derives from three pious brothers Alfio, Cirino and Filadelfio. In their honour 10 May of every year is kept a festivity.
The village was founded in the XI century by Adelaide Monferrato, Roger II's wife. She came in Sicily together with Lombard colonists who spread their Gallic-Italic dialect which is still spoken in the village.
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During Aragonese domination it was ruled by some feudal families: Alagonas, Olivieris and Russos. Later it belonged to other lords: Angelo di Larcan in 1408, and Lucchesi in 1639.
In 1754 and in 1922 it was heavy damaged by two landslides, but soon after it was rebuilt.
The most interesting monuments are the Convent of St. Francis, the Norman Church of SS. Alfio, Filadelfio and Cirino; the Battistero Ottogonale of Crocifisso (Octagular Baptistery of Crucifix) and the remains of the old Church of St. Nicola of Bari whose only the side aisle is preserved.
Characteristic is the "Festivity of Jewishes" also said "Diavolata" which is kept on Moundy Thursday and Good Friday. During it groups of young people dressed up as jewish go for a passing across the village and they play trumpets and other instruments.