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The small city of Aci Catena, owing its name to the cult of the Virgin of the Chain, has a charming centre developing around the Piano Umberto square onto which view the beautiful Town Hall and a number of 1800ís and 1900ís attractive palazzi. There also lie the 1700ís Mother Church and, next, the Palazzo Riggio, unfortunately highly damaged. The neighboring via IV Novembre and via Matrice are also adorned with elegant palaces. The area was formerly called contrada degli scarpi due to the high number of shoemakers living there.

Aci Catena has managed to revive after a catastrophic earthquake in 1693 and a flood in 1761. It has a number of worth-visiting religious buildings.

The Mother Church, dedicated to the Madonna della Catena, is renowned for housing several works, such as a painting by Vasta.

The church of Santa Lucia was first erected in the 1500ís and later rebuilt; it contains some fine frescoes dedicated to the Virgin and to S. Anna.

The convent of SantíAntonio da Padova, now Town Hall, dates back to the 17th century. On its inside are an ancient cloister with frescoes dedicated to the Saintís life and a small church.