Situated in a protected position among hills, not far from the Messina Strait, Laganadi is a small center actually consisting of three different settlements: the historical center of Laganadi, the frazione of Lucia, where half the population is concentrated; the small borough of Petile, below the mountains.
- Population: about 400 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 89050
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0965
- Demonym: laganioti
- Patron Saint: Santa Maria delle Grazie, celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in August
- Frazioni & Località: Lucia, Petile.
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History - Antiquity
The name of the place may be derived from the family name Laganà or from the greek Lachanàs meaning "seller of vegetables". The settlement may have started in the 5th century BC with a group of people coming from Focea, the Greek colony in Asia Minor.
History - the Middle Ages and Modern Times
More settlements possibly took place in the 10th century AD with refugees escaping from the Saracen invasions in the Gallico and Catona areas, and during the 14th century with the citizens of Calanna after the Aragonese destroyed their castle. The village was a fiefdom of the Calanna family until 1806 when the feudal system was abolished in Italy. In 1783 and 1908 earthquakes seriously damaged the village.
[information derived from Antonino Vitetta's pages].