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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:
Our Lady of the Assumption (Chiesa Madre, Maria Assunta)
Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore (historic)
Chiesa della Candelora (historic)
Chiesa di Sant'Agata (historic)
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie (historic)
Chiesa di Santa Marina (historic)
Santa Maria di Gesu (historic)
S. Carlo Borromeo e Spirito Santo (Bafia - suburb of Castroreale)
S. Maria delle Grazia (Castroreale Bagni - suburb of Castroreale)
S. Domenica (Protonotaro - suburb of Castroreale)
S. Bartolomeo (Siculo - suburb of Castroreale)
S. Maria delle Grazia (Vigilatore - suburb of Castroreale)

Families researched in these records include the following:

Links to other sites about Castroreale include:
Castroreale Photos
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Sicilian Net

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily - A Reference for Researchers and is now available. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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