Santa Maria di Licodia

Santa Maria Di Licodia

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Santa Maria di Licodia

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Santa Maria di Licodia (Sicilian: Santa Marìa di Licuddìa ) is a town and comune in eastern Sicily, in the province of Catania, southern Italy.


Santa Maria di Lodia occupies traditionally the site of the ancient Aetna, a settlement founded by the colonists whom Hiero I of Syracuse had placed at Catania after their expulsion by the original inhabitants in 461 BCE, which absorbed or incorporated an already existing Sicel town named Inessa.

Main sights

  • Chiesa Madre (Mother Church). Of the original medieval building, a bell tower has remained
  • Cherubim Fountain (1757)
  • CAsina del Cavaliere, a Benedictine convent of medieval origin, outside the town.

A large hoard of coins was found also outside Santa Maria di Licodia in 1891.

In the nearby district of Civita is a large elliptical area, enclosed by a wall of masses of lava, which is about 8.5 m wide at the base, and 3 m high. The ground is covered with fragments of tiles and pottery of the classical period, and it is probably a hastily built encampment of historic times rather than a primitive fortification, as there are no prehistoric traces.

The Patronal feast of St. Joseph

Twin towns


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