The province of Messina

San Marco d'Alunzio


A panoramic view of San Marco D`Alunzio
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Hercules` temple

San Marco d'Alunzio (Zip Code 98070) is 226 km. distant from Agrigento, 180 km. from Caltanissetta, 138 km. from Catania, 138 km. from Enna, 123 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 151 km. from Palermo, 243 km. from Ragusa, 196 km. from Siracusa, 251 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 2.274 inhabitants and an area of 2.611 hectares for a population density of 87 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a hilly area and is 548 metres above sea-level.

Photo © A.A.P.I.T. Messina 

Mother Church

The Town Hall is placed in via Garibaldi, phone ++39 0941-797007 fax. ++39 0941-797391.

Products mostly cultivated are citrus fruit, cereals, vegetables, olives, fruit, grapes, and dairying products. The most typical product is "salame San Marco". Breedings present are cattle, pig and sheep ones.

Probably the village has pre-hellenistic origins; it was in fact hellenized in the IV century B.C. as the old Aluntium.

In 1601 Roberto il Guiscardo founded the Norman castle for defending and controlling territory which is from Capo d'Orlando to San Fratello and round it rose the town centre.

From the XV century to 1812, that is to the abolition of feudal duties, the village has been county of Filangeris princes of Mirto.

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Panish museum of Sacred Art: Silver`s Room

Most important monuments are the Church of St. Antonio with a rich baroque portal made in rose-stone and the Church of Santa Maria dell'Aiuton inside it there are marble graves of Marco and Vincenzo Filangeri, made by Domenico Gagini (1448-1492).

At the entry of the village stands out Hercules' temple of Hellenistic period changed into church during Middle Ages.

Very interesting are town streets: they are paved with red porphiry quarried from near quarries.

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