Caronia (Sicilian: Carunìa, Greek: Καλάκτα (Ptol.) or Καλὴ Ἀκτὴ (Diod. et al.), Latin: Calacte or Cale Acte) is a town and comune on the north coast of Sicily, in the province of Messina, about half way between Tyndaris (modern Tindari) and Cephaloedium (modern Cefalù). The town has 3,555 inhabitants.

Comune di Caronia
Skyline of Caronia
Location of Caronia
Caronia is located in Italy
Location of Caronia in Italy
Caronia is located in Sicily
Caronia (Sicily)
Coordinates: 38°01′N 14°26′E / 38.017°N 14.433°ECoordinates: 38°01′N 14°26′E / 38.017°N 14.433°E
Metropolitan cityMessina (ME)
FrazioniCanneto, Marina, Torre del Lauro
 • MayorAntonino D'Onofrio
 • Total227.26 km2 (87.75 sq mi)
304 m (997 ft)
 • Total3,279
 • Density14/km2 (37/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0921
Patron saintSaint Blaise
Saint dayFebruary 3
WebsiteOfficial website


Kale Akte (or Caleacte, Calacta, Calacte) derived its name from the beauty of the neighboring country; the whole of this strip of coast between the Montes Heraei and the sea being called by the Greek settlers from an early period, the Fair Shore (ἡ καλὴ Ἀκτήhe Kale Akte). Its beauty and fertility had attracted the particular attention of the Zanclaeans, who in consequence invited the Samians and Milesians (after the capture of Miletus by the Persians, 494 BC) to establish themselves on this part of the Sicilian coast. Events, however, turned their attention elsewhere, and they ended with occupying Zancle itself.[3] At a later period the project was resumed by the Sikel leader Ducetius, who, after his expulsion from Sicily by Syracuse and his exile at Corinth, returned at the head of a body of colonists from the Peloponnese; and having obtained much support from the neighbouring Siculi, especially from Archonides, dynast of Herbita, according to Diodorus Siculus founded a city on the coast, which was called Kalè Akté (The Fair Shore or Beautiful Coast).[4] The date given by Diodorus is 446 BC, but in another passus the same author says that Ducetius colonised Kale Akte in 440 BC, the same year he died. In addition, recent excavations at Caronia, which is clearly the site of the Hellenistic and Roman town Kale Akte, have revealed only very sparse remains from the 5th century BC, and show that a Sikel settlement already existed here in the early 5th century BC.[5] It is possible that Ducetius founded the colony on the site of this already existing Sikel settlement, just as he had done at Menai and Paliké.

Some scholars have hypothesised that Ducetius returned without the consent of Syracuse,[6] but this is very improbable.[7] He must have had the permission of Syracuse to end the exile at Corinth (the mother city of Syracuse), and he brought according to Diodorus partly Corinthian settlers for the colonising project at Kale Akte. Syracuse would have had an interest of establishing an allied Sikel-Greek colony on the north coast, without risking too much in a potentially hostile Sikel-dominated area.[8]

There are little subsequent account of its fortunes. It appears to have been in Cicero's time a considerable municipal town.[9] Silius Italicus speaks of it as abounding in fish, litus piscosa Calacte[10] and its name, though omitted by Pliny, is found in Ptolemy, as well as in the Antonine Itineraries; but there is considerable difficulty in regard to its position. The distances given in the Tabula Peutingeriana, however (12 M. P. from Alaesa, and 30 M. P. from Cephaloedium), coincide with the site of the modern town of Caronia, on the shore below which Fazello tells us that ruins and vestiges of an ancient city were still visible in his time. Cluverius, who visited Caronia, speaks with admiration of the beauty and pleasantness of this part of the coast, littoris excellens amoenitas et pulchritudo, which rendered it fully worthy of its ancient name.[11]

The Greek rhetorician Caecilius of Caleacte, who flourished in the time of Augustus, was a native of Caleacte, whence he derived the surname of Calactinus.[12]

In 2004–2005 and 2014 two series of unusual fires were reported in the village of Canneto, 136 kilometres (85 mi) west of Messina. Official investigations suggested that all of these fires were cases of arson and arrests were made in 2015.[13][14] [15] However, persistent speculation has ascribed the fires to other natural and supernatural causes. From January to August 2004, appliances, including a television, a cooker and vacuum cleaner, were reported to have caught fire spontaneously. Fires also reportedly struck wedding presents and a piece of furniture. At least one person was said to have observed an unplugged electrical cable ignite spontaneously. the outbreaks reportedly continued after ENEL, the Italian power utility, cut off the town's power supply.[16] In 2008 investigators concluded that the 2004–2005 fires were caused by arson.[17] Mysterious fires again occurred in mid-2014.[18] On March 5, 2015 police arrested and charged Giuseppe Pezzino, 26, with arson, conspiracy to commit fraud, and sounding a false alarm in association with the mysterious fires. His father, Antonino Pezzino, has also been implicated. The Italian military police had installed hidden cameras in the streets after the fires started again (July 2014). Video captured about 40 incidents implicating Giuseppe (and occasionally, Antonino). Further evidence was gathered by phone taps. [19] [20]


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  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Herodotus vi. 22, 23.
  4. ^ Diod. xii. 8, 2.
  5. ^ Lentini M C - Lindhagen, A - Göransson, K 'Excavations at Sicilian Caronia, ancient Kale Akte', Opuscula Romana 21, 2002, 79-108; Lindhagen, A, Caleacte. production and exchange in a North Sicilian town c. 500 BC-AD 500, diss., University of Lund 2006.
  6. ^ Adameșteanu, D, 'L'ellenizzazione della Sicilia ed il momento di Ducezio', Kokalos 8, 1962, 190-196.
  7. ^ Rizzo, F P, La repubblica di Siracusa nel momento di Ducezio, Palermo 1970.
  8. ^ Rizzo 1970; Lindhagen 2006.
  9. ^ Cicero In Verrem iii. 4. 3, ad Fam. xiii. 37.
  10. ^ xiv. 251.
  11. ^ Cluver. Sicil. p. 291; Tommaso Fazello i. p. 383; Tab. Peut.; Itin. Ant. p. 92; where the numbers, however, are certainly corrupt.
  12. ^ Athen. vi. p. 272.
  13. ^ "Canneto di Caronia (Me): gli incendi? Opera degli uomini" [Caronia (Me): fires? Opera men]. (webpage) (in Italian). 12 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  14. ^ "A Decade of Mysterious Fires in a Sicilian Village". The Atavist Magazine. 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  15. ^ "Setter of Sicily mystery fires arrested - English". 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  16. ^ Top 15 Bizarre True Stories, "13. Fiery Persecution",
  17. ^ "Canneto di Caronia (Me): gli incendi? Opera degli uomini" [Caronia (Me): fires? Opera men]. (webpage) (in Italian). 12 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
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  19. ^ "A Decade of Mysterious Fires in a Sicilian Village". The Atavist Magazine. 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  20. ^ "Setter of Sicily mystery fires arrested - English". 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2016-12-18.


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Canneto (Caronia)

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Capizzi (Greek: Καπίτιον; Latin: Capitium) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southwest of Messina.

Capizzi borders the following municipalities: Caronia, Cerami, Cesarò, Mistretta.

Caronia (disambiguation)

Caronia is a town in Italy.

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RMS Caronia (1904), an ocean liner owned by Cunard Line 1904–1933

RMS Caronia, a combined ocean liner/cruise ship owned by Cunard Line 1948–1967

MS Caronia, a cruise ship owned by Cunard Line 1999–2004

British Rail Class 40 diesel locomotive D219

Giuseppe Caronia (1884–1977), Italian politician

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Halaesa (Ancient Greek: Ἄλαισα, Latin: Halesa), also spelled Alaesa or Halesa was an ancient city of Sicily, situated near the north coast of the island, between Cephaloedium (modern Cefalù) and Calacte (modern Caronia).

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Mistretta borders the following municipalities: Capizzi, Caronia, Castel di Lucio, Cerami, Nicosia, Pettineo, Reitano, Santo Stefano di Camastra.

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RMS Caronia was a 34,183 gross register tons (GRT) passenger ship of the Cunard Line (then Cunard White Star Line). Launched on 30 October 1947, she served with Cunard until 1967. She was nicknamed the "Green Goddess". She is credited as one of the first "dual-purpose" built ships: suited to cruising, but also capable of transatlantic crossings. After leaving Cunard she briefly served as SS Caribia in 1969, after which she was laid up in New York until 1974 when she was sold for scrap. While being towed to Taiwan for scrapping, she was caught in a storm on 12 August. After her tow lines were cut, she repeatedly crashed on the rocky breakwater outside Apra Harbor, Guam and broke into three sections.

RMS Caronia (1904)

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On 14 April 1912 Caronia sent the first ice warning at 09:00 to RMS Titanic reporting "bergs, growlers and field ice".

Caronia was briefly placed on Cunard's Boston service in 1914, but the start of the First World War caused her to be requisitioned as an armed merchant cruiser. She was stationed off New York on contraband patrol. In 1916, she became a troopship and served in that role for the duration. Her last duties being the repatriation of Canadian troops in 1919. She returned to the Liverpool - New York run after the war.

In 1920 Caronia was converted to burn oil instead of coal.

After returning to service, she sailed on a number of different routes, including:

Liverpool - New York/Boston

London - New York

Hamburg - New York (1922)

Liverpool - Quebec (1924)

New York - HavanaHer last voyage, from London to New York was on 12 September 1932, after which she was sold for scrap. Initially sold to Hughes Bolckow for demolition at Blyth, Northumberland, she was resold, renamed Taiseiyo Maru and sailed to Osaka, Japan, where she was scrapped in 1933.

RMS Saxonia (1954)

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San Fratello

San Fratello (Gallo-Italic: San Frareau, Sicilian: Santu Frateddu, Greek and Latin: Apollonia, Medieval Latin Castrum S. Philadelphi), formerly San Filadelfo, is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 110 kilometres (68 mi) east of Palermo and about 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Messina. San Fratello borders the following municipalities: Acquedolci, Alcara li Fusi, Caronia, Cesarò, Militello Rosmarino, Sant'Agata di Militello.

Its peak of population was in 1921, with 10,094. In the following decade, it lost nearly 20 percent of its population, as people migrated for work to cities and to other countries, especially the United States.

Santo Stefano di Camastra

Santo Stefano di Camastra (Sicilian: Santu Stèfanu di Camastra) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 100 km east of Palermo and about 135 km west of Messina.

Santo Stefano di Camastra borders the following municipalities: Caronia, Mistretta, Reitano.

The comune contains the Palazzo Trabia, currently the Civic Museum of Ceramics. The town, along with a few others in Sicily, is known for its ceramics painted in bright colors.

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