Lat: 37° 17' 1.318229" N - Long: 14° 59' 46.15980" E
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Lentini is one of the most ancient towns in Sicily.
It was founded together with Catania by people from Calcide under the guidance of Teocle; these occupied the hills south of the rich Simeto floodplain.
In prehistoric times the area was inhabited by the Sicani, and then by the colony of the Nassi.
Archaeologically it gave important bronzes and vases now kept in the archaeological museum, as well as in the archaeological museums of Syracuse and Berlin.
In its ancient coins is represented a female head on one side and a lion near a tree on the other, referring to the myth of the lion killed by Hercules, who gave the name to the ancient city.
In Roman times it disappeared, then the town moved to its current position.
In the classical era, among its illustrious citizens we remember the sophist Gorgia; in medieval times Lentini gave birth to important figures such as Notaro Jacopo, precursor of the Italian language and inventor of the sonnet; Riccardo, important architect at the court of Federico II, for whom, among other things, he built the Ursino castle in Catania; and Count Alaimo, protagonist of the Sicilian Vespers of 1282.
After the 1693 earthquake, the town was rebuilt in baroque style, as we can still admire it today.
Now Lentini is an important commercial center famous for citrus production and exportation.
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