|Comune di Melilli|
|Province||Province of Syracuse (SR)|
|Frazioni||Villasmundo, Città Giardino, Marina di Melilli|
|• Mayor||Giuseppe Carta|
|• Total||136.42 km2 (52.67 sq mi)|
|Elevation||310 m (1,020 ft)|
(30 November 2017)
|• Density||99/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||Saint Sebastian|
|Saint day||4th of May|
Melilli (Sicilian: Miliddi) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily (southern Italy), located about 190 kilometres (120 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Syracuse.
The human presence in the area is attested since the Bronze Age. Its strategic situation between the major cities of Augusta and Syracuse has played a critical role in its growth. In the feudal age, it became a dominion of the Augusta County.
It managed to revive after two devastating quakes in 1542 and 1693. Since 1842 it has been an autonomous city.
The Chiesa Madre (Mother Church), dedicated to Saint Nicholas, has a ceiling painted with the Triumph of the Faith by Olivo Sozzi. The church of San Sebastiano, dating from the 18th century, houses various paintings by Sozzi, among which are a Coronation of Saint Sebastian and The Triumph of the Faith, and a marble altarpiece representing the Deposition of St. Bartholomew.
Feasts in the town include:
- Christ's nativity representation (during Christmas)
- Holy week
- Feast of Saint Sebastian - 4 May (Patron Saint of the town)
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.