Santa Maria di Licodia
|Santa Maria di Licodia|
|Comune di Santa Maria di Licodia|
Tower of Palazzo Bruno
|• Mayor||Salvatore Rasà|
|• Total||26 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||442 m (1,450 ft)|
|• Density||260/km2 (670/sq mi)|
|Demonym||Licodiesi or Licodesi|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Joseph|
|Saint day||Last Sunday in August|
Santa Maria di Lodia occupies traditionally the site of the ancient Aetna, a settlement founded by the colonists whom Hiero I of Syracuse had placed at Catania after their expulsion by the original inhabitants in 461 BCE, which absorbed or incorporated an already existing Sicel town named Inessa.
- Chiesa Madre (Mother Church). Of the original medieval building, a bell tower has remained
- Cherubim Fountain (1757)
- CAsina del Cavaliere, a Benedictine convent of medieval origin, outside the town.
A large hoard of coins was found also outside Santa Maria di Licodia in 1891.
In the nearby district of Civita is a large elliptical area, enclosed by a wall of masses of lava, which is about 8.5 metres (28 ft) wide at the base and 3 metres (10 ft) high. The ground is covered with fragments of tiles and pottery of the classical period, and it is probably a hastily built encampment of historic times rather than a primitive fortification, as there are no prehistoric traces.
The Patronal feast of St. Joseph
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