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Belpasso (Catania Province) is 18 km from Catania, alt. 551 m, on the south face of Etna, area 164.5 sq km, with a population of over 20,000, post-code 95032, tel. 095. Economy: agriculture (prickly pears), plastics, metalworks, mineral waters.
Its former name was Malpassu, it was destroyed by the eruption of 1669, and rebuilt at a lower altitude with the name of Fenicia Moncada, and again destroyed in the earthquake of 1693. It was rebuilt two years later, on its present site and with its present name.
Of interest is the Palazzo Butera and the Palazzo Sclafani (both 18th cent).
Churches (Catania Diocese) include the following:
On December 13 is the Festa of Santa Lucia. There is a Lava Festival here in October.
Links to other sites about Belpasso:
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