Montalbano Elicona

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Montalbano Elicona
Comune di Montalbano Elicona
Montalbano Elicona and the castle of Frederick II
Montalbano Elicona and the castle of Frederick II
Coat of arms of Montalbano Elicona
Coat of arms
Montalbano Elicona is located in Italy
Montalbano Elicona
Montalbano Elicona
Location of Montalbano Elicona in Italy
Coordinates: 38°1′N 15°1′E / 38.017°N 15.017°E / 38.017; 15.017Coordinates: 38°1′N 15°1′E / 38.017°N 15.017°E / 38.017; 15.017
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Province of Messina (ME)
Frazioni Pellizzaro, Toscano, Santa Barbara, Villa Braidi, Santa Maria
 • Total 67.4 km2 (26.0 sq mi)
Elevation 908 m (2,979 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)
 • Total 2,687
 • Density 40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Montalbanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 98065
Dialing code 0941
Patron saint Madonna della Provvidenza
Saint day 24 Agosto (August)
Website Official website

Montalbano Elicona (Sicilian: Muntarbanu) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 150 kilometres (93 mi) east of Palermo and about 50 kilometres (31 mi) southwest of Messina on the Nebrodi mountains at the border with the Peloritani range. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,687 and an area of 67.4 square kilometres (26.0 sq mi).[1]

It is mainly known for the castle built in 1233 by the Emperor Frederic II and the medieval architecture of its streets the megaliths of Argimusco and the natural wood of Malabotta.

The municipality of Montalbano Elicona contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Pellizzaro, Toscano, Santa Barbara,Casale, Villa Braidi, and Santa Maria, Santa Venera e Santo Stefano.

Montalbano Elicona borders the following municipalities: Basicò, Falcone, Floresta, Francavilla di Sicilia, Librizzi, Malvagna, Oliveri, Patti, Raccuja, Roccella Valdemone, San Piero Patti, Santa Domenica Vittoria, Tripi.

sex simbols menhir in Argimusco
the enchanted wood of Malabotta, the Patriarchs path

Demographic evolution[edit]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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