Giarre

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Giarre
Comune
Comune di Giarre
Vista Giarre.jpg
Coat of arms of Giarre
Coat of arms
Giarre is located in Italy
Giarre
Giarre
Location of Giarre in Italy
Coordinates: 37°44′N 15°11′E / 37.733°N 15.183°E / 37.733; 15.183
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Catania (CT)
Frazioni Altarello, Carruba, Macchia, Miscarello, San Giovanni Montebello, San Leonardello, Santa Maria la Strada, Sciara, Trepunti
Government
 • Mayor Roberto Bonaccorsi (since June 24, 2013)
Area
 • Total 27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 81 m (266 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 27,785
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Demonym Giarresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 95014, 95010
Dialing code 095
Patron saint St. Isidore the Labourer
Saint day 10 May
Website Official website

Giarre (Sicilian: Giarri) is an Italian town and comune on the east coast of Sicily in the province of Catania. In 2010 its population was 27,785.[1]

History[edit]

Some historians suppose that the ancient Greek city of Kallipolis was situated in the same territory of the present-day town of Giarre, but nowadays there is no relevant proof of it.

Since the late 16th century until 1815 Giarre was a village of the county of Mascali.

During the fascist era Giarre was joined to Riposto under the name of Jonia, but separated again in 1945.

Geography[edit]

Giarre is bounded by the municipalities of Acireale, Mascali, Milo, Riposto, Sant'Alfio, Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etnea. It forms a conurbation with the coastal town of Riposto.

Its frazioni are Altarello, Carruba, Macchia, Miscarello, San Giovanni Montebello, San Leonardello, Santa Maria la Strada, Sciara and Trepunti.

Main sights[edit]

The Piazza Duomo

The neo-classical cathedral, begun in 1794, is dedicated to the Spaniard St. Isidore, patron of Madrid.

Other sights include:

  • Oratory of St. Filippo Neri (18th century)
  • Sanctuary of Maria Santissima della Strada, the oldest church in the town (dating to 1081). Today little remains of the original medieval structure, having been replaced by a neoclassicist edifice.
  • Museum of Uses and Customs of the Etna people
  • Mediterraneum Aquarium

Giarre has attracted attention for its numerous unfinished buildings and amenities, initiated with public money in the 1990s but never used. A small number have been converted to other uses, including a multi-storey car park; residents also see the prospect of some tourism, as the town has come to be regarded as the centre this style of urban planning.[2]

Criticism[edit]

Once famed for its wine producing hills that went down to the port below for export, Giarre now has a more negative image; the city now hosts the largest number of uncompleted public projects in the country – 25 in total, which is one for every 1,000 inhabitants.[3] Some locals are so shocked by the waste that they have proposed promoting Giarre’s excess as a tourist attraction. A hospital in the city has taken more than 30 years to build, an Olympic sized swimming pool has been sunk but not finished and the construction of a theatre that has been started and stopped 12 times are just some examples of the problems faced.[3]

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Italian) Source: Istat 2010
  2. ^ Italy planning fiasco: New ruins litter Sicily (retrieved 22 May 2012)
  3. ^ a b Stephan Faris (4 October 2012). "Sicily, a Portrait of Italian Dysfunction". Business Week. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Giarre at Wikimedia Commons