stands about 310m asl close to a mount overlooking the Megara bay
and the industrial district of Augusta-Priolo. It is located in
the Siracusa province and counts about 11,500 inhabitants.
boasts a rather eventful history, the human presence apparently
being attested since the Bronze age. Its strategic situation between
the major cities of Augusta and Syracuse has played a critical role
in its growth. In the feudal age, it became a dominion of the Augusta
County and, later, the Moncada family.
managed to revive after two devastating quakes in 1542 and 1693.
Since 1842 it has been an autonomous city.
interesting building are scattered throughout its centre. The Chiesa
Madre, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, has a ceiling finely painted
with the Triumph of the Faith by celebrated Olivo Sozzi. The Chiesa
di San Sebastiano, dating from the 1700’s, houses numerous
paintings of by Sozzi, among which are a Coronation of Saint Sebastian
and The Triumph of the Faith, and a fine marble altarpiece representing
the Deposition of St. Bartholomew.
Sebastian is very popular here and every year on 3 and 4 May he
is celebrated with a fine festival drawing devotees from all Sicily.
The Martyr lived in the 3rd century AD is celebrated by the the
so-called Festa dei Nuri (festival of the naked) its name relating
to the fact that popular iconography used to represent Saint Sebastian
undressed; in old times the faithful taking part to the celebration
showed completely undressed. Today the event has lost much of its
importance and the participants wear white clothes with red stripes
that cover some definite parts of the body, that are where the Saint
was hit. Over night, they run to the church dedicated to the saint,
where they toss flowers onto His statue and undertake a dance.
city environs are also very interesting. The River Marcellino, flowing
nearby, offers fine naturalistic spots and an old necropolis.
final mention goes to the neighboring salt-mines of Augusta, that
were an important economic resource as far as the end of Second
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