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Santo Stefano di Camastra
Santo Stefano di Camastra (Zip Code 98077) is 161 km. distant from Agrigento, 134 km. from Caltanissetta, 154 km. from Catania, 94 km. from Enna, 150 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 109 km. from Palermo, 239 km. from Ragusa, 212 km. from Siracusa, 206 km. from Trapani.
The municipality has 5.162 inhabitants and an area of 2.188 hectares for a population density of 236 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises along the coast on a hilly area and is 70 metres above sea-level.
The Town Hall is placed in via Palazzo n. 35, phone ++39 0921-331110 fax. +39 0921-331566.
It is famous in Sicily for its handmade artistical pottery articles but it also has an agricultural production of wine-grapes, citrus fruit, grain, vegetables, olives. Besides there are also productions of wood and cork.
Originary Santo Stefano di Camastra was called "Santo Stefano di Mistretta",and in this way it is mentioned in Norman-Swabian documents.
In 1682 the small town was destroyed by a landslip and it was rebuilt in 1693 in an area closer than previous one to the coast.
In 1812 it assumed the name of "Santo Stefano di Camastra", in honour of duke Giuseppe Lanza of Camastra, the founder and benefactor of the small town.
Photo © A.A.P.I.T. Messina
The chief town as regards Sicilian pottery articles, Santo Stefano di Camastra has good luck in the presence in its territory of quarries of clay which are essential in pottery working which is its primary economic resource.
The most interesting monuments are the Cathedral Church with a splendid portal of Rinascimento and the "Cimitero Vecchio" (Old Cimitery) with "ambrogette", rich pottery panels used for covering graves.
In August is kept the festival of pottery during which it is possible to admire all of the wonderful works of some ceramists displayed in the town streets.