Giarre (Sicilian: Giarri) is a comune (municipality) in the Catania area of southern Italy. The town is located about 275 kilometres (171 mi) southeast of Palermo and around 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Catania.
|Comune di Giarre|
|Metropolitan city||Catania (CT)|
|Frazioni||Altarello, Carruba, Macchia, Miscarello, San Giovanni Montebello, San Leonardello, Santa Maria la Strada, Sciara, Trepunti|
|• Mayor||Angelo D'Anna|
|• Total||27 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||81 m (266 ft)|
(31 August 2017)
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||St. Isidore the Labourer|
|Saint day||10 May|
Some historians suppose that the ancient Greek city of Kallipolis was situated in the same territory of the present-day town of Giarre, but nowadays there is no relevant proof of it.
Since the late 16th century until 1815 Giarre was a village of the county of Mascali.
Other sights include:
- Oratory of St. Filippo Neri (18th century)
- Sanctuary of Maria Santissima della Strada, the oldest church in the town (dating to 1081). Today little remains of the original medieval structure, having been replaced by a neoclassicist edifice.
- Museum of Uses and Customs of the Etna people
- Mediterraneum Aquarium
Giarre has attracted attention for its numerous unfinished buildings and amenities, initiated with public money in the 1990s but never used. A small number have been converted to other uses, including a multi-storey car park; residents also see the prospect of some tourism, as the town has come to be regarded as the centre of this style of urban planning.
- Cismon del Grappa, Italy, since 1969
- "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- (in Italian) Source: Istat 2010
- Italy planning fiasco: New ruins litter Sicily (retrieved 22 May 2012)
- Media related to Giarre at Wikimedia Commons