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Melilli is a comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, located about 190km southeast of Palermo and about 20km northwest of Syracuse. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 12,555 and an area of 136.0km2.The municipality of Melilli contains the frazioni Villasmundo, Città Giardino and Marina di Melilli.GeographyMelilli stands about 310m above sea level close to a mount overlooking the Megara bay and the industrial district of Augusta-Priolo. It is located in the Siracusa province.Melilli borders the following municipalities: Augusta, Carlentini, Priolo Gargallo, Syracuse, Sortino.HistoryIt boasts a rather eventful history, the human presence apparently being attested since the Bronze Age. Its strategic situation between the major cities of Augusta and Syracuse has played a critical role in its growth. In the feudal age, it became a dominion of the Augusta County.It managed to revive after two devastating quakes in 1542 and 1693. Since 1842 it has been an autonomous city.The townNumerous interesting buildings are scattered throughout the town's centre. The Chiesa Madre, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, has a ceiling finely painted with the Triumph of the Faith by Olivo Sozzi. The Chiesa di San Sebastiano, dating from the 18th century, houses various paintings by Sozzi, among which are a Coronation of Saint Sebastian and The Triumph of the Faith, and a marble altarpiece representing the Deposition of St. Bartholomew.With our international travel planner, Italy vacations can be built around trips to Melilli and other destinations in Italy.
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