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Maletto (Catania Province) is 60 km from Catania, alt. 960 m, on the northwest slopes of Etna, west of Pizzo Filicia, area 40.9 sq km, pop. over 4,400, post-code 95035, tel. 095. Economy:agriculture and modern stock farms.

Maletto is the highest town on Etna and in the province of Catania, and one of the highest in all Sicily, surrounded by luxuriant oak and beech woods. It was founded in 1263 by the Count of Mineo, Manfretti Maletto; repopulated in 1440, it bacame a principality of the Spatafora family: it was again repopulated in the 17th century.

Northwest of the town is the Maniace Castle. This town is also famous for producing generations of pipers (bagpipe players).

Churches (Catania Diocese) include the following:
SS. Cuore di Gesu e Maria (Chiesa Madre)
Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate (historic)
Chiesa di San Michele (historic)
San Antonio di Padova (historic)

On the Second Sunday of September is the Festa of Sant'Antonio di Padova. Strawberry Festival is held here in June.

Links to sites with more about Maletto 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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