Santa Domenica Vittoria

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Santa Domenica Vittoria
Comune di Santa Domenica Vittoria
Mother Church
Mother Church
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
Metropolitan city Messina (ME)
 • Mayor Costantino Antonio Pinzone Vecchio
 • Total 19 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 1,080 m (3,540 ft)
Population (30 November 2011)
 • Total 1,073
 • Density 56/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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 Metropolitan City of Messina, Sicily, southern Italy. It is situated 7 kilometres (4 mi) north of Randazzo in the Nebrodi Mountains 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 Metropolitan City of Messina it takes the telephone prefix for the Metropolitan City of Catania as it is on the border between the two entities.

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.


The main folklore event 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 fireworks display and a party in the town's main piazza.


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