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Sant'Alfio (Catania Province) is 35 km from Catania, alt. 531 m, on the east slope of Mt. Etna, north of the Valle del Bove, area 23.6 sq km, with a population of over 1700, post code 95010, tel. 095. Economy is agricultural (vineyards, fruit orchards, hazelnuts, woods). Historically this community exported snow.

Originally a rural village in the Mascali fief, then a ward of Giarre. An autonomous comune since 1923.

Of special interest is the Castagno dei Cento Cavalli (Chestnut Tree of the Hundred Horses) which has a circumferance of 52 meters. The legend states that it provided shelter from a sudden rainstorm one night for Queen Joan I of Anjou and her following of knights.

Churches (Acireale Diocese) include the following:
Santi Alfio, Filidelfo e Cirino (Chiesa Madre)

The 1st Sunday in May is the Festa of Saints Alfio, Cirino, and Filadelfio. There is a performance of Etna Music in August.

Links to other sites about Sant'Alfio include:
Catania Provincia
Italian Postal Codes
Italian Towns
Italian Wikipedia
Sicilian Net
Sicily Web
Town of Sant'Alfio

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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