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Aci Sant'Antonio (Catania Province) is a town on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Etna (alt.302 m), 14 km from Catania. It is located on the edge of a lava plain 4 km from the Ionian sea, area 14.3 sq km. Its population is just over 14,000, post-code 95025, tel. 095. Economy: agriculture, lava stone quarries.
It was a medieval town, partially destroyed by the eruptions of Etna in 1169, 1329, and 1408. It was rebuilt around the church of Sant'Antonio Abate and became a princedom in 1672 and acquired by the Riggio di Campofiorito family. It was destroyed again in the 1693 earthquake and immediately reconstructed with impressive new civic and religious buildings in a planned urban layout.
Of interest is the Palazzo Riggio and the local production of the traditional Sicilian Cart.
Churches (Acireale Diocese) include:
On January 17 is the Festa of Sant'Antonio Abate.
Links to other sites about Aci Sant'Antonio include:
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