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Calatabiano (Catania Province) is a town on the northeastern slopes of Mt. Etna 44 km from Catania, alt. 60 m, on the River Alcantara, area 26.3 sq. km. It has a population of over 5,800, post-code 95011, tel. 095. Economy is agricural: Citrus fruits and derived products, medlars.

The town developed around the Castle, probably Arab in origin because the name of the town in Arabic is "castle of Biano". It was an important strategic position dominating the valleys. The castle was altered by the Normans, Swabians, and others.

Churches (Acireale Diocese) include the following:
Maria SS. Annunaziata (Chiesa Madre)
San Filippo Siriaco (1484, historic)
S. Giuseppe (Pasteria - suburb of Calatabiano)

On May 22 (3rd Saturday and Sunday) is the Festa of San Filippo Siriaco.

Families researched in these records include the following:
di Franco

Links to learn more about Calatabiano include:
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Catania Provincia
Sicilian Net

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily - A Reference for Researchers and is now available. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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