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Ramacca (Catania Province) is 46 km from Catania, alt. 270 m, in the foothills west of the Plain of Catania, between the River Gornlunga and the Fosso dei Monaci, area 305.4 sq km, pop. over 10,500, post-code 95040, tel. 095. Agricultural economy (cereals, citrus fruit), livestock trading, saline and ferruginous and sulphurous springs.

It was founded in 1688 by the Gravina family who had obtained possession of the area in 1490. They were titled Princes of Ramacca the year it was founded.

Of interest are the wide streets and geometic design of its layout. The town is also renown for the quality of its bread, made from the local wheat.

Churches (Caltagirone Diocese) include the following:
Nativita di Maria SS. (Chiesa Madre)
San Giuseppe
Maria SS. della Provvidenza (Libertinia - suburb of Ramacca)

The Festa of San Giuseppe is celebrated on March 19 and in September. There is an Artichoke Festival here in April.

Links to sites with more about Ramacca 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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