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The province of Messina

Ucria

A panoramic view of Ucria
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Ucria (Zip Code 98060) is 252 km. distant from Agrigento, 180 km. from Caltanissetta, 96 km. from Catania, 139 km. from Enna, 119 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 187 km. from Palermo, 236 km. from Ragusa, 154 km. from Siracusa, 286 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 1.532 inhabitants and an area of 2.619 hectares for a population density of 58 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a mountainous inland area and is 710 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in piazza Castello, tel. ++39 0941-664292 fax. ++39 0941-664530.

Main economic activities are agriculture and breeding. Products mostly cultivated are citrus fruit, grapes, hazel-nuts, chestnuts, olives. Breedings present are cattle, pig, horse and sheep ones.

The name Ucria perhaps derives from Greek Onchria (rust of forage). It was conquered by Siracusa in 269 B.C. and was dominated by Romans in 242 B.C.. It was later destroyed by Arabs and only with Norman coming in the XI century it again became flourishing. Different lords dominated it like Barresi, Campisano, Perollo and Morquet. In 1670 it was conferred on Ucria the title of principate with Francesco Pagano.

The most interesting monuments are the Cathedral Church with inside a statue of Annunciation of early of `500 and a Crucifix made by the famous sculptor Gianfrancesco Pintorno (1600-1639) better known as " Frate Umile da Petralia" (Humble friar from Petralia); the churches of Santa Maria SS. della Scala and del Rosario of Norman period.

Ethnographic Museum of Paper-pulp is very interesting. It is full of 300 masks representing various and different figures of human faces.