Francavilla di Sicilia
|Francavilla di Sicilia|
|Comune di Francavilla di Sicilia|
|Francavilla and the Alcantara Valley
Francavilla and the Alcantara Valley
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|Province / Metropolitan city||Messina (ME)|
|• Mayor||Pasquale Monea (since 2012)|
|• Total||82 km2 (32 sq mi)|
|Elevation||330 m (1,080 ft)|
|• Density||50/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Santa Barbara and Sant'Euplio di Catania|
|Saint day||December 4 and last Sunday in August|
It has a population of about 4,000 people and is situated in the southern part of the province, close to the northern slopes of Mount Etna. The distance to Messina is about 50 kilometres (31 mi), and the town is about 70 kilometres (43 mi) from Catania airport. It is located in the valley of the River Alcantara between Taormina and Randazzo. Taormina and the Mediterranean Sea are about 15 kilometres (9 mi) to the southeast. Neighboring towns and villages include: Antillo, Castiglione di Sicilia, Fondachelli-Fantina, Malvagna, Montalbano Elicona, Motta Camastra, Novara di Sicilia and Tripi.
In the vicinity of the town artefacts have been found dating back to the 5th century BC.
In 1092 the Abbey of San Salvatore di Placa was built, and the town grew around it.
- Gole dell'Alcantara. This is a canyon on the river Alcantara, which over the centuries found its way through the lava stones of Mount Etna and which flows close to the town. Between Francavilla and Motta Camastra it reaches its most remarkable point: a canyon, partly cave-like, about 50 metres (160 ft) deep and including characteristic lava rocks.
- Chiesa dell'Annunziatain the centre of the town.
- Convent of the Capuchins, near the cemetery.
- Ruins of the medieval castle on the hill above the town.
- Archaeological excavations (ancient Greeks).
- Last Sunday of August: Celebration of Saint Euplio.
- December 4: Celebration of the town's patron saint, Saint Barbara.
- Good Friday procession (every 4 years)
- Nativity Play
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