Paternò (Sicilian: Patennò) is a southern Italian town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Catania, Sicily. With a population (2016) of 48,009,[3] it is the third municipality of the province after Catania and Acireale.

Città di Paternò
Panorama Paternò 2
Coat of arms of Paternò

Coat of arms
Paternò within the Province of Catania
Paternò within the Province of Catania
Location of Paternò
Paternò is located in Italy
Location of Paternò in Italy
Paternò is located in Sicily
Paternò (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°34′N 14°54′E / 37.567°N 14.900°ECoordinates: 37°34′N 14°54′E / 37.567°N 14.900°E
Metropolitan cityCatania (CT)
 • MayorNino Naso
 • Total144.68 km2 (55.86 sq mi)
225 m (738 ft)
 • Total47,827
 • Density330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Paternesi, Patornesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code095
Patron saintSanta Barbara and San Vincenzo Martyr
Saint dayDecember 4
WebsiteOfficial website


The site of Paternò was settled before 3500 BCE. Its inhabitants were probably the Sicani, although it was located in mainly Sicel territory; its initial name was Inessa. The modern name derives form the Greek Paeter Aitnaion, meaning the "Fortress of the Etnaeans". The presence of another town, called Hybla Mayor or Galeatis, is attested north west to the current town.

A centre of medium importance in the Greek and Roman eras, it was largely depopulated in the three centuries before 1000 AD; during the subsequent Arab domination of Sicily, it was known as Batarnù. After the Norman conquest in the 1040s, it was renamed Paternionis and began a period of flourishing. It was here that King Frederick III of Sicily created the Camera Reginale ("Queen's Chamber") as a wedding gift for his wife Eleanor of Anjou, and this was inherited by the subsequent Queens of Sicily. This period of splendour for Paternò lasted until the 15th century, when it became a fief and in consequence slowly lost importance.

Historically, the area around Paternò was plagued by malaria, caused by the marshlands of the Plain of Catania. This has since long been remedied, and the urban development of the town enjoyed a large acceleration in the 1960s and 1970s.


Paternò borders with the municipalities of Belpasso, Biancavilla, Catenanuova (EN), Centuripe (EN), Ragalna, Ramacca and Santa Maria di Licodia.[4] Its only hamlet (frazione) is the village of Sferro.[5]

Within Paterno there is a geologic feature named 'Salinelle', a place where small mud volcanoes emerge from cracks in the ground.[6] This area in which the Salinelle surfaces includes an archeological site currently uncovering evidence of Roman baths previously built on and thought to have used the Salinelle mud.

Main sights

  • The Norman Castle, built in 1072 by order of Roger I of Sicily.
  • Mother Church (Chiesa Madre di Santa Maria dell'Alto), built in 1342 and largely modified in the early 18th century. It is connected by a scenic staircase to the Porta del Borgo
  • San Francesco alla Collina (1346), with a church in Gothic style and remains of Baroque decorations.
  • Rococo church of Cristo al Monte.
  • Church of St.Catherine of Alexandria
  • Santa Maria della Valle di Iosaphat, commissioned in 1072 by Adelaide del Vasto, with a precious Gothic portal.
  • Associazione Culturale, a cultural association born in November 2002, from an idea of Giorgio Ciancitto, to take care of the city of Paternò around the world.
  • The Paterno Salinelle site.
Scalinata matrice paterno
The steps of the Mother Church of Santa Maria dell'Alto.
Castello normanno paterno
The Norman Castle.


Paternò is served by three state roads leading to Catania, Randazzo and Troina areas.

The tran station was originally used mostly for food transportation, and is not out of service. The main passenger station is part of the narrow gauge Ferrovia Circumetnea. The latter also provides a regular bus service to destination on the Catania-Adrano line.

Twin towns


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b (in Italian) Source: ISTAT 2016
  4. ^ 39262 Paternò on OpenStreetMap
  5. ^ 2209979969 Sferro on OpenStreetMap
  6. ^ Chisari, Mimmo. Paterno: the Pearl of the Simeto Valley. Paterno: Hibla Ink.

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Duke of Carcaci

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The estate of Carcaci, from which the dukedom and the branch is named, is situated in Sicily, 20 miles north-west of Catania (where survives the ducal palazzo), at the junction of the River Simeto and River Salso. It is thus situated about 15 miles west of the crater of Mount Etna. The first Duke of Carcaci was Don Vincenzo Paternò Castello (1681–1767) who in 1725 was created in Vienna a duke in the Kingdom of Sicily by Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily.

Carcaci had become the seat of a feudal barony shortly after the Norman Conquest of Sicily in 1061, when the first castle was built on the site. The barony and estate was acquired by this branch of the Paternò family in 1719.

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Gerbini Airfield

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47th Bombardment Group, 20–24 August 1943, A-20 Havoc

12th Bombardment Group, 22 August-2 November 1943, B-25 Mitchell

60th Troop Carrier Group, 20 October 1943-5 March 1944, C-47 SkytrainWhen the C-47s moved out at the end of 1944, the airfield was dismantled and returned to its owners. A runway is still present, though the cement is broken up in many places by weeds. The outline of the runway is visible on Google satellite view.

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Hybla Gereatis

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Luca Parmitano

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Palazzo Biscari

Palazzo Biscari is a private palace in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy.

It was built by will of the Paternò Castello family, the princes of Biscari, starting from the late 17th century, lasting for much of the following century, after the devastations of the 11 January 1693 earthquake. The new palace was built directly against the city walls (Charles V's walls), which had partially withstood the earthquake.

The oldest section was built under Ignazio, third prince of Biscari, who entrusted the project to architect Alonzo Di Benedetto. Ignazio's son, Vincenzo, commissioned the decoration of the seven large windows facing the seaside, by the Messinese sculptor Antonino Amato. Later the palace was modified under the fourth Prince, Ignazio Paternò Castello, who had it enlarged eastwards under design by Giuseppe Palazzotto and, later, by Francesco Battaglia. The building was finished in 1763 and inaugurated with big celebrations.

The palace is accessed through a large portal facing via Museo Biscari, leading to the inner courtyard, which features a large double staircase. In the interior is the "Feasts Hall", in Roccoco style, with a complex decoration of mirrors, stuccoes and frescos painted by Matteo Desiderato and Sebastiano Lo Monaco. The small dome, destined to the orchestra, has a fresco depicting the glories of the Paternò Castello di Biscari family. It is accessed through a staircase decorated in stucco within the gallery facing the sea.

Among the other rooms are the "Fief Room", featuring large canvasses of the Biscari feudataries; the "Princess Apartments", built by Ignazio V of Biscari for his wife, with pavements of ancient Roman marbles; the "Birds Gallery" and the "Don Quixote Room". There is also a museum, once housing the collection of Ignazio V, most of the material of which is now in the Castello Ursino in Catania.

Paternò–Büchi reaction

The Paternò–Büchi reaction, named after Emanuele Paternò and George Büchi who established its basic utility and form, is a photochemical reaction that forms four-membered oxetane rings from a carbonyl and an alkene.

With substrates benzaldehyde and 2-methyl-2-butene the reaction product is a mixture of structural isomers:

Another substrate set is benzaldehyde and furan


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Ramacca borders the following municipalities: Agira, Aidone, Assoro, Belpasso, Castel di Judica, Lentini, Mineo, Palagonia, Paternò, Raddusa.

Its name derives from the Arabic Rahal Mohac which means Hamlet of Mohac.

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