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Cammarata -San Giovanni Gemini

Your next destination in Sicily in the Sicani mountains

A mountain of excellence

- the church of San Domenico

The church of S. Domenico dates back to 1509 and stands in the place of the ancient church and hospice of S. Antonio Abate, which in 1170 Federico Abatellis had ceded to the Dominicans, who built the church and the convent there. The church, destroyed by fire in 1913, was rebuilt in the years 1931-34. Inside the church there are various works of art: a statue of S. Vincenzo Ferreri, a work of the Bella of the eighteenth century, a statue depicting the Madonna Addolorata by Giacomo Li Volsi of the seventeenth century, a statue of the Madonna del Rosario dated 1623, and finally a beautiful statue of the sixteenth century depicting S. Antonio Abate. Also noteworthy are two canvases depicting one S. Caterina and the other S. Hyacinth of the sixteenth century school, and two paintings depicting the Madonna di Monserrato and S. Domenico di Guzman, one work by Carlo Lo Presti dated 1525 and the another work by Vincenzo Lo Presti dated 1628.

Second week of September

Don Bosco Feast


Who was Don Bosco

Giovanni Bosco  was born into a peasant family in the Becchi, a fraction of Castelnuovo d'Asti (now Castelnuovo Don Bosco) on August 16, 1815. His father, Francesco, who had married Margherita Occhiena in a second marriage, died when he was two years old and at home certainly there were no difficulties also because the stepbrother Antonio was against letting the boy study, even though he showed an uncommon intelligence. At the age of nine, Giovanni had a dream that revealed to him the mission to which the Lord was calling him: he found himself in the midst of boys who were cursing, screaming and arguing and while he threw himself at them with fists and kicks to make them desist, he saw in front of him a man with a very bright face who introduced himself to him saying: "I am the Son of the one your mother taught you to greet three times a day" and added: "Not with beating, but with meekness and charity you will have to earn these friends of yours. Therefore, immediately put yourself to give them an instruction on the ugliness of sin and the preciousness of virtue ”. Then a majestic-looking woman appeared, the Virgin Mary who, showing him the field to work - "kids, dogs and several other animals" - said to him: "Make yourself humble, strong and robust" and, placing her hand on his head, concluded: "In due time you will understand everything."

Celebration program

Don Bosco Cammarata celebration

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And long live Don Boscu

In Cammarata, the religious festival that closes the summer season is the renowned "Don Bosco Festival" which is celebrated in the Church of San Domenico and involves the whole area of Piazza Vittoria, climbing all the way up Via Libertà. It is known for several peculiarities: first of all, before the start of the party, a very nice 5-a-side football tournament has always been organized in the parking area of the Dante Alighieri Middle School. On key days, ranging from Friday to Sunday, the events are a succession of shows of various kinds. Therefore, we invite you to stroll through the streets of the urban center of Cammarata, where you can see the charm of the Church of San Sebastiano and, crossing, the sublime mural dedicated to the coat of arms of Cammarata right in front of the church of San Domenico. We look forward to seeing you again this year! Program at the bottom

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