The province of Messina



La Chiesa Madre
Photo © Municipality of Tripi

Tripi (Zip Code 98060) is 261 km. distant from Agrigento, 227 km. from Caltanissetta, 136 km. from Catania, 186 km. from Enna, 67 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 226 km. from Palermo, 240 km. from Ragusa, 195 km. from Siracusa, 325 km. from Trapani.

Photo © Municipality of Tripi 

A panoramic view of Tripi

The municipality has 1.155 inhabitants and an area of 5.437 hectares for a population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a hilly area along the coast and is 450 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in via Abacena, tel. ++39 0941-82014 fax. ++39 0941-82380. E-mail address is:

The village originary was an important Sicilian town called Abacaenum. During Greek period most of territory was taken off by Dionysus I who used it to establish the actual Tindari.

Tripi comes from the Greek word Trupi (hole, pit, ditch). During the Middle Age was possession of different lords among them Ruggero of Lancia, Ruggero of Brindisi, Matteo Polizzi, Ventimiglia and the Marini families. In 1819 it became an independent commune.

The most interesting monuments are the ruins of the Castle placed on the acropolis of the village. The origin of the castle of Tripi goes back to a written text of the geograph Idris. The text tells of a medieval castle rising in that place.

Photo © Municipality of Tripi 

The castle of Tripi

Tha Castle is surrounded by rocks and by the ruins of the boundary walls.

Very interesting is also the Cathedral Church, consecrated to S. Vincenzo Martire di Spagna, the Church of SS. Trinità builded in 1500-1600, the Church of Santo Rosario, the Church of San Gaetano, the Church of Annuciata builded in 1600 and the surrounding archaeological areas with remains of Hellenistic and Roman buildings as well as numismastic finds and a necropolis.

Among the famous people from Tripi we mention here the physiologist Francesco Todaro (1839-1918), who discovered the "Tendine di Todaro" and founded the Federazione Ginnastica Italiana (Italian Federation for Gymnastic) whose he was the first national president. Further he teached at the Universities of Messina and Rome.

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