Province of Catania

Sicily, Italy

Province of Catania
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About Province of Catania

The Province of Catania (Italian: Provincia di Catania; Sicilian: Pruvincia di Catania) was a province in the autonomous region of Sicily in southern Italy. Its capital was the city of Catania. It had an area of 3,552 square kilometers (1,371 square miles) and a total population of approximately 1,116,917 as of December 31, 2014.

It was replaced by the Metropolitan City of Catania starting from 4 August 2015.


The Province of Catania was founded by the Greeks in 729 BC. It was conquered by the Romans, in the first Punic war, in 263 BC. It had undergone many volcanic eruptions from Etna, of which the first eruption was recorded in 475 BC. He was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1169, which caused an estimated death toll of about 15,000 people in the city of Catania alone. In 1669, he was also affected by the eruption of Etna in 1669. He was hit by another earthquake in 1693, which caused the death of about 12,000 people (63% of the population at the moment).


The province of Catania was one of the nine provinces of the island of Sicily which is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. He met the Ionian Sea to the northeast. The Province of Caltanissetta and the Province of Enna were located in the west, the Province of Ragusa and the Province of Syracuse were located in the south and the Province of Messina in the north. It also had the largest active volcano in Europe, Etna. The provincial capital and the largest municipality was the city of Catania.


There were 58 municipalities (Italian: municipalities) in the province , see Municipalities of the Province of Catania.

See also

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Metropolitan City of Catania

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