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Motta Sant'Anastasia

Motta Sant'Anastasia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Catania in the Italian region Sicily, located about 160km southeast of Palermo and about 9km west of Catania. As of 31 December 2007, it had a population of 11,203 and an area of 35.7km2.The municipality of Motta Sant'Anastasia contains the frazione (subdivision) Piano Tavola and also the Naval Air Station Sigonella. The latter accounts for the substantial numbers of American military personnel and their families who reside in Motta Sant'Anastasia.Motta Sant'Anastasia borders the following municipalities: Belpasso, Camporotondo Etneo, Catania, Misterbianco.Giuseppe Di Stefano was a native of Motta Sant'Anastasia.HistoryMotta, like other cities in the Simeto Valley, has ancient origins. Archaeological studies dating back to 1954 in contrada Ardizzone, attest Greek presence in the territory around the 5th–4th centuries BC. The Roman period, however, was evidenced by the discovery of some coins from the period of the great empire, and a mosaic found in contrada Acquarone, belonging to a villa.
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