The province of Messina



A panoramic view of Tusa
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A view of Marina di Tusa

Tusa (Zip Code 98079) is 182 km. distant from Agrigento, 154 km. from Caltanissetta, 173 km. from Catania, 113 km. from Enna, 171 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 108 km. from Palermo, 258 km. from Ragusa, 231 km. from Siracusa, 207 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 3.504 inhabitants and an area of 4.094 hectares for a population density of 86 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on a hilly area along the coast and is 614 metres above sea-level.

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Chiesa Santa Maria delle Palate

The Town Hall is placed in piazza Municipio, tel. ++39 0921-330405/330818 fax. ++39 0921-330886.

Rich of agricultural products, Tusa produces citrus fruit, cereals, chestnuts, olives, grapes, almonds, strawberries and dairying products. Breedings present are cattle, pig and sheep ones. Typical handicrafts are embroideries, carpets, lace.

Perhaps the name of the village derives from Greek Aithousa. It has a medieval look and is menzioned by geographer Tolomeo of Alessandria in the II century A.D..

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Chiesa San Leonardo e Convento dei Cappuccini

It thinks that it has been found between the VIII and IX centuries by refugees from Halaesa and that it was destroyed by the earthquake in 856.

It was possession of Ventimiglia, Torre and Branciforte families.

The most interesting monuments are the Cathedral Church with beautiful works of art among them a marble triptych of 1525 and two statues made by Scipione Li Volsi from Tusa; the Church of St. Pietro which keeps a canvas made by Alonzo Rodriguez (1578-1648); the Church of St. Leonardo with the Convent of Capuchins Friars.

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Mother Church

Of particular importance are the sculptures visible in the broad stream of Tusa. Among them there are "La materia poteva non esserci" (The matter could not be) made by P. Consagra, the "Monumento al poeta morto" (Monument to the death poet) by Tano Festa, the labyrinth bearing the title "Arianna" by Italo Lanfredini.

Antonio Presti, the Tusa industrialist, gave his works of art to Communes and built on the shore of Tyrrhenian Sea the "Grand Hotel-Atelier sul mare", a hotel-museum full of particular furnishings.

In the end we want to mention the annual manifestation of the modern "Land Art".

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