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Mascalucia (Catania Province) is 10 km from Catania, alt, 420 m, on the southern slopes of Etna, area 16.2 sq km, pop. over 21,700, post-code 05030, tel. 095. Economy: agriculture, traditional handmade carpets.
A town of the late medieval origin, it has had various names. Originally it belonged to the royal domain, after 1645 it was a fief of Andrea Massa and of the Branciforte family of Leonforte. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1818, it has grown considerably in recent years because of its nearness to Catania. The name is a popular mispronunciation of maniscacia (farriery), recalling that in the Middle Ages the town was well known for its horse breeding farms.
The Stato Civile is in an unmarked building across from the Municipio. The people working at the cemetery, protocollo office, stato civile, everywhere were very helpful and friendly.
Of interest is the Palazzo Cirelli.
Churches (Catania Diocese) include the following:
Santa Maria della Consolazione (Chiesa Madre)
Maria SS. Annunziata (Massa Annunziata - suburb of Mascalucia)
Families researched in these records include the following:AmantiaCalvagnaCantoneConefaloConsolodi GraziaGiudiceGiuffridaLa PianaLa PianeLa PianoLeonardilo FaroMarcheseMarlettaMarrettoMessinaMusumarraNicolosiNicosiaReinaSantonovitoScadurraTomaselloToscanoZappala
On June 15 is the Festa of San Vito.
Links to sites with more about Mascalucia include:
Italian Postal Codes
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.
© Kathy Kirkpatrick 1997-2008
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