Municipality of Camporotondo Etneo

It originally was just a tiny farmhouse, one of the many scattered along the Catania area. It quickly grew from 200 inhabitants to 1600 by the year 1655.

The first traces of Camporotondo, so named for its round shape, date back to the sixteenth century. In 1863 to the name was added Etneo for its proximity to the majestic volcano.

HISTORY

It originally was just a tiny farmhouse, one of the many scattered along the Catania area. It quickly grew from 200 inhabitants to 1600 by the year 1655. Fourteen years later, however, the city was destroyed in a violent lava flow coming from Etna. Many residents sought refuge in the near city. Most chose to settle in Catania resulting in a short time in a demographic collapse. By in 1681 Camporotondo had only 593 inhabitants.

CULTURE AND LANDSCAPE

The area of Camporotondo is an important entity especially regarding its landscape profile. It sits right beneath of Mount Etna, not too far from the Simeto making its soil very fertile. The territory is also famous due to the presence of Timpe and the eruptive cones peripheral. The Church dedicated to St. Anthony Abbot, celebrated on the second Sunday of August, and the baronial Palazzo Natoli, are considered Architecturally interesting for their baroque style and date back to the seventeenth century. Among the famous people who have contributed to the history of Camporotondo there’s the priest Antonio Corsaro. A professor of French literature at the University of Palermo, he founded the literary movement “Verticalismo”.

ECONOMY AND LOCAL GOODS

The economy of Camporotondo is based on numerous artisan factories of limestone and clay, clay mining companies and lava rock processing. there’s a very rich presence of vineyards surrounded by walls of lava. There’s a notable production of olive oil, too. Meanwhile In “sciarosi” terrains are farmed figs, prickly pears and citrus cultures.