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Tortorici (Messina Province) is 132 km from Messina, alt. 468 m, in the northern Nebrodi, on the banks of the River Tortorici, area 70.2 sq km, pop. 8,305, post-code 98078, tel. 0941. Economy: agriculture, handicraft, animal breeding.
Originally known as Torre Tioliti, it was, in the 12th century, a town depending on the diocese of Messina; in the following century it became a fief of the Polichinos. After 1547 it was part of the royal domain, except for the period 1597-1628, when it was the property of Luigia Mistretta e Corbera. In 1682 and in 1754 Tortorici was seriously damaged by flooding.
The town used to be famous for its craftsmen who were specialists in the casting of bells and other bronze articles; the last foundry, Trusso, has now become the Museo dell'artigianato (Handicraft Museum).
Churches (Patti Diocese) include the following:
Links to other sites about Tortorici include:
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