Santa Domenica Vittoria

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Santa Domenica Vittoria
Comune
Comune di Santa Domenica Vittoria
Santa Domenica Vittoria is located in Italy
Santa Domenica Vittoria
Santa Domenica Vittoria
Location of Santa Domenica Vittoria in Italy
Coordinates: 37°55′N 14°58′E / 37.917°N 14.967°E / 37.917; 14.967Coordinates: 37°55′N 14°58′E / 37.917°N 14.967°E / 37.917; 14.967
Country Italy
Region Sicily Sicily
Province Messina (ME)
Government
 • Mayor Costantino Antonio Pinzone Vecchio
Area
 • Total 19 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 1,080 m (3,540 ft)
Population
 • Total 1,172
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 98030
Dialing code 095
Patron saint St. Antonio Abate
Website [1] Official Website

Santa Domenica Vittoria (Sicilian: Santa Dumìnica) is a town and comune in the Province of Messina, Sicily, southern Italy.

It is situated 7 kilometres (4 mi) north of Randazzo in the Nebrodi Mountain Range. It is 1,080 metres (3,540 ft) above sea level and has views over all of the northern Etna Valley. Although the town is in the Province of Messina it takes the telephone prefix for the Province of Catania as it is on the border between the Provinces of Catania and Messina.

The administrative area of the comune covers 19 square kilometres (7.3 sq mi), but the town itself has an area of approximately 2 square kilometres (0.77 sq mi). The comune borders the following municipalities: Floresta, Montalbano Elicona, Randazzo, and Roccella Valdemone.

Santa Domenica Vittoria is named after a Calabrian Saint, who was a victim of the Roman persecution of Christians under Diocletian.

Many families in the town have a family nickname which has been carried on for generations. Quite often the children of townspeople who emigrated from the town many years earlier are recognised by their nickname, rather than their surname which is generally not known by the townspeople.

Festival[edit]

One of the biggest events of the year in the town is the Feast of St. Anthony, the town's patron. The actual feast day is 17 January, but given the cold winters that are usually accompanied by heavy snow and below freezing conditions, it is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. Before the day of celebrations there are seven days of prayer in the local church. On the day of the feast many of the men of the town dress in white and carry a statue of St Anthony in a procession through every street of town and the townspeople traditionally pin money to the statue as it passes by their balconies. The day ends with a fantastic fireworks display and a party in the town's main piazza.

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