The province of Ragusa



A panoramic view of Acate
Photo © Luigi Nifosì

Acate (Zip Code 97011) is 108 Km. distant from Agrigento, 110 Km. from Caltanissetta, 101 Km. from Catania, 100 Km. from Enna, 197 Km. from Messina, 252 Km. from Palermo, 35 Km. from Ragusa, that is the province it belongs to, 99 Km. from Siracusa, 283 Km. from Trapani.

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The Church of San Vincenzo

The municipality has 8.160 inhabitants, its surface measures 10.142 hectares and its population density counts 80 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a flat area, 199 metres above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in corso Umberto I, tel. ++39 0932-990787 fax. ++39 0932-990771, toll free number 800455850 (only for italian residence). E-mail address is:

The main economical activity of the town is agriculture (citrus fruits, grapes, olives, fruit, cereals and vegetables) as well as sheep breeding.

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The main church

The little town, which originally was called il Biscari, had its current name in 1938, deriving from the word Achates used by the Romans for the river Dirillo. The first papers testifying the existence of the feud of Biscari date back to the 13th century.

In 1580 the town became property of the Paternòs of Catania. The first prince Agostino Paternò Castello moved the village upriver, establishing the current location of Acate. The town, destroyed by the earthquake in 1693, was rebuilt later.

The historical centre is very beautiful, and the most important monuments are the Palace of the Princes  of Biscari built in 1493, the church of S.Vincenzo (1643) where the saint's remains are kept, and the Mother Church of S.Nicolò built in 1660.

Amongst the famous people we mention the art critic Enzo Maganuco, who worked on the drawing up of the Italian Encyclopaedia.

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