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Castiglione di Sicilia (Catania Province) is 67 km from Catania, alt. 621 m, on the northeast face of Etna, dominating the Valley of the River Alcanntara, area 120.4 sq km, pop. over 4,500, post-code 95012, tel. 0942. Agricultural economy, embroidery handicraft.

A Greek colony, founded in 496 BC by exiles from the ancient Naxos, it was destroyed by Dionysius the Elder, the tyrant of Siracusa. An Arab stronghold, citta regia (royal town) under the Normans, and citta animosa (valorous town), a title it still boasts of in the town coat of arms, under the Swabians, it eventually became a fief of Roger of Laura in 1283.

Of interest is the Palazzo Camardi.

Churches (Acireale Diocese) include the following:
Ss. App. Pietro e Paolo (Chiesa Madre)
Buon Pastore (Mitogio - suburb of Castiglione di Sicilia)
Maria SS. del Rosario (Passopisciaro - suburb of Castiglione di Sicilia)
S. Cuore di Gesu (Solicchiata - suburb of Castigilione di Sicilia)

The 1st Sunday in May is the Festa of Madonna della Catena.

Families researched in those records include the following:

Links to learn more about Castiglione di Sicilia include:
Castiglione di Sicilia Photos
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Castiglione di Sicilia
Catania Provincia
Sicilian Net

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily, Part 1 and Part 2 is now available on 2 CDs. 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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