Biancavilla

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Biancavilla
Comune
Comune di Biancavilla
Santa Maria Elemosina Cathedral
Santa Maria Elemosina Cathedral
Coat of arms of Biancavilla
Coat of arms
Biancavilla is located in Italy
Biancavilla
Biancavilla
Location of Biancavilla in Italy
Coordinates: 37°39′N 14°52′E / 37.650°N 14.867°E / 37.650; 14.867Coordinates: 37°39′N 14°52′E / 37.650°N 14.867°E / 37.650; 14.867
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Catania (CT)
Government
 • Mayor Giuseppe Glorioso (since June 26, 2013)
Area
 • Total 70 km2 (30 sq mi)
Elevation 513 m (1,683 ft)
Population (July 2006)
 • Total 23,433
 • Density 330/km2 (870/sq mi)
Demonym Biancavillesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 95033
Dialing code 095
Patron saint San Placido and Maria SS. dell'Elemosina
Saint day 4-October 6
Website Official website

Biancavilla is a town and comune in the Province of Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It is located between the towns of Adrano and S. Maria di Licodia, 32 kilometres (20 mi) northwest of Catania.

The town was founded on 8 January 1488 by Albanian refugees. Led by Cesare Masi, they arrived in an area called Callicari and received the "Licentia Populandi" privilege from Santapau and Centelles, the presidents of the region of Sicily. Therefore, Albanian people established in that area and founded the town. The area was subsequently called Albavilla until in the year 1599 the name became Biancavilla.

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