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Located in the southern reaches of the Catania province, about 300m a.s.l., Mazzarrone is a relatively young city, endowed with some interesting sites.
The church of San Giuseppe, the city’s patron saint, has a recent origin, being built in 1910 and completed only in 1977 with the construction of a 20m campanile. Also worth-mentioning are the churches of the Sacro Cuore di Gesù and Santa Maria del Rosario.
Mazzarrone became an autonomous municipality only in May 1976, annexing the surrounding hamlets of Piano Chiesa, Botteghelle, Cucchi, Leva and Grassura. Existed since 1870, this mostly farming villages grew to form a town that now boasts a thriving economy mostly relying on viticulture. According to some historians, the name “Mazzarrone” is of Greek origin, deriving from “Moz”, standing for corn cob, and from “aron” or “arun”, that is “wheat”. Although only recently become a city, Mazzarrone’s roots go back to remotest times, as witness the archaeological discoveries of Greek and Roman relics. A part of its territory, known as Mazzarrone district, was annexed to the city of Caltagirone, while another part, the Sciri area, passed to Licodia Eubea. Throughout the centuries, the properties have passed through many hands. Notably, the former belonged to Giovanni de Laumia (1296), Federico de Cardona, Antonio de Timera da Lentini, Attardo Landolina, the de Caramanno family (who, in 1513, donated a part of it to the nuns of the Convent of SS. Salvatore of Noto), the Platamones, the Gravinas, the Reguisenz, the Iaconas, the Chiarandas and the Levas. Sciri was long owned by the noble Santapace family.