Licodia Eubea (Sicilian: Licuddìa) is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Catania, on the island of Sicily, southern Italy. It is bounded by the comuni of Caltagirone, Chiaramonte Gulfi, Giarratana, Grammichele, Mazzarrone, Mineo, Monterosso Almo and Vizzini. It rises over an internal hilly area, 630 metres (2,070 ft) above sea level.

Licodia Eubea
Comune di Licodia Eubea
View of Licodia Eubea.
View of Licodia Eubea.
Coat of arms of Licodia Eubea
Location of Licodia Eubea
Licodia Eubea is located in Italy
Licodia Eubea
Licodia Eubea
Location of Licodia Eubea in Italy
Licodia Eubea is located in Sicily
Licodia Eubea
Licodia Eubea
Licodia Eubea (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°09′N 14°42′E / 37.150°N 14.700°E / 37.150; 14.700
Metropolitan cityCatania (CT)
 • MayorGiovanni Verga
 • Total111 km2 (43 sq mi)
688 m (2,257 ft)
 (30 September 2017)[2]
 • Total3,082
 • Density28/km2 (72/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0933
Patron saintSt. Margaret
Saint dayJuly 20
WebsiteOfficial website

Situated above a hill overlooking the valley of the Dirillo river, Licodia Eubea boasts a rich production of olives, almonds, citrus fruits, and excellent table grapes, that can be tasted during the annual Sagra dell'Uva (Grapes' festival) held in the month of September. Cattle breeding, as well as horse, sheep, and goat farms, are flourishing, not to mention the production of absolutely delicious typical Sicilian cheeses.

Among the notable buildings in the town are Santa Margherita, the mother church of the town, erected during the 17th century, preserving the emblem of the Santapau family on its front portal, the Chiesa del Rosario of the 18th century, and the Palazzo Municipale (Town Hall building).

Town Hall and Church of the Rosary.

History edit

The name Licodia derives from the Greek word 'Licos' meaning wolf, which is why its Coat-of-Arms has a picture of a wolf[citation needed]. The suburb belonged to lord Riccardo Filangieri, and was afterwards bestowed to nobleman Manfredi Aragona.

The name Eubea was given to the place in 1872, to identify with Chalcis, a town on Euboea, the second-largest Greek island, because it is believed to be the colony of Leontini, founded early in the 6th century BC on the same site of an unknown Sicel settlement. Vases of the First Period were found and all the tombs explored in 1898 belonged to the Fourth Period (700–500 BCE), and show the gradual process of Hellenization among the Sicels.

In 1392, the ancient castle was bestowed to the Santapau family, that gave it its name and owned it until the 16th century, when it passed under the dominion of lord Vincenzo Ruffo. In 1693, the town was devastated by the earthquake, and experienced a slow reconstruction.

In 1968, the Licodia Eubea Social Club was established in Victoria, Australia.[3]

Twin towns edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ [user-generated source]

External links edit

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainAshby, Thomas (1911). "Licodia Eubea". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 588.