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Castroreale (Messina Province) is 54 km from Messina, alt 394 m, in the northern Peloritani, on the northern slopes of the Pozzo di Sughero, area 61.7 sq km, pop. 3,160, post-code 98053, tel. 090. Economy: agriculture (citrus fruit, fodder, vegetables, olives, grapes), dairy products, thermal cures.
The Arabs built a fortress here, which was later enlarged by Frederick II. The town grew around the fortifications, attaining its greatest development in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Of interest: Oratorio di San Filippo; Museo Civico, Collegio dei Cappuccini, the Monte di Pieta and the Town Hall.
Excursions. Just beyond the San Biagio area there are the ruins of a 1st century AD Roman Villa, with paintings and floor mosaics of considerable artisitic value.
Churches (Messina Diocese) include the following:
Families researched in these records include the following:
Links to other sites about Castroreale include:
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