|The province of Messina
Sinagra (Zip Code 98069) is 250 km. distant from Agrigento, 204 km. from Caltanissetta, 147 km. from Catania, 163 km. from Enna, 107 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 176 km. from Palermo, 251 km. from Ragusa, 205 km. from Siracusa, 275 km. from Trapani.
The municipality has 3.073 inhabitants and an area of 2.392 hectares for a population density of 128 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises along the coast on a hilly area and is 260 metres above sea-level.
The Town Hall is placed in piazza S. Teodoro, tel. ++39 0941-594016 fax. ++39 0941-594372. E-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important from economic point of view are agricultural productions of citrus fruit, hazel-nuts, grapes, olives, fruit. Now the village has other two economic sectors which are increasing: tourism and handicraft. Besides there are some different industrial installations (knitted goods , and boot factories and so on) which show a good variety of economy of Sinagra also in the industrial field.
Ancient traditions and finds of a phitos (Roman plebeian grave), suggest that Sinagra rose in the times of the Punic
wars (260 B.C.).
Photo © Dott. Carlo Cardaci
Sinagra is mentioned in a diploma of Roger I of 1050 and later in a bull of Pope Eugenio III. It was possession of different feudal lords: from Normans to Swabians, from Lancias to Ventimiglias, from Russos to Afflittos, till to arrive to Ioppolos who got the title of duke by Philip IV in 1654. The village has remained theirs till up to 1812 when feudal duties were abolished.
The most interesting monuments are the old Church of the Convent or of
Crucifix and the beautiful portals made from stone sculptured in various
shapes which can be admired going through via Umberto I (Umberto I
street). If we go away for about hundred metres it is possible to see, placed
on a hillock, an ancient feudal Castle with a tower with a clock which was
the residence of different families from Lancia to Sandoval.
From the name of Sinagra derives the surname of the famous Sicilian sociologist and professor at Universities of Catania and Palermo, Vincenzo Sinagra (1899-1973) who busied with problems about Law of Labour.