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Grammichele (Catania Province) is 69 km from Catania, alt. 520 m, in the northwestern sector of the Hyblaean Mountains, in the basin of the River Acate, area 30.9 sq km. Its population is just over 14,100, post-code 95042, tel. 0933. Agricultural economy.

The town dates back to the ancient Sicel town of Echetla, later Hellenized. Nearby is an necropolis dated to the 6th century BC. The township of Occhiola was developed in the Middle Ages and destroyed by the earthquake of 1693. Prince Carlo Maria Carafa Branciforte di Butera rebuilt the town, giving it its present name. The town has a spider's web layout, with a perfect geometric design off a hexagonal center.

Churches (Caltagirone Diocese) include the following:
S. Michele Arcangelo (Chiesa Madre)
Gesu Adolescente
Maria SS. Addolorata
S. Anna
Spirito Santo
S. Maria di Lourdes

On May 8 is the Festa of San Michele Arcangelo.

Links to sites with more about Grammichele 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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