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Venetico (Messina Province) is 35 km from Messina, alt. 227 m, in the hinterland of the Gulf of Milazzo, in the foothills of the Peloritani, area 4.4 sq km, pop. 3,664, post-code 98040, tel. 090. Economy: agriculture, summer tourism.

The off-shore waters were probably the scene of the Battle of Naulochos (36 BC), in which Agrippa destroyed the fleet of Sextus Pompey. The commune is scattered: Venetico Marina is on the coast, while Ventico Superiore is on the ridge between the Misuti and the Cucuzzaro torrents. Both parts of the town are of late medieval origin (after the 15th century they were a fief of the Spadafora family). In the years 1929-40, its autonomous status was suspended and Venetico was a ward of Spadafora.

Of interest: Castle, fountain.

Churches (Messina Diocese) include the following:

S. Nicolo' (Chiesa Madre)
S. Maria del Carmelo (Ventico Marina -suburb of Venetico)

Links to other sites about Venetico include:
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
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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