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Bronte's Lord Mayors: Italian version (last adjournment)


Spedalieri Gioacchino. During the 1820 revolt tried, uselessly, the neutrality and playing for time. receiving emissaries from Palermo and Catania with tricolor and yellow bands, or with bands of different color. In the end he run away to Randazzo.


Cimbali Giacomo, lawyer, resigned the 18.1.1823 with letter of dismissal sent to superintendent Valle of Catania, Baron Mandrascate. His son Antonino also, forty years after (1862) and in various other periods, was elected Mayor of Bronte.


Vincenzo Catania (Belonged to him the Legal Memory of 2.8.1826 about "The Bronte' communists proper rights over the forests of the Maniace and S. Filippo di Fragalà" estates, Catania 1851).


Aidala Giuseppe (from 2 gennaio)


Zappia Giuseppe (from 15 novembre)


Saitta Dr. Luigi (from 9 ottobre)


Catania Vincenzo (from 9 gennaio)


Meli Dr. Mariano (from 23 marzo)


Meli Vincenzo, baron, (from 30 January). Resigns in April, after the 1848 riots. Was president of the revolutionary Committee , formed by 30 people, that exalted to liberal Pope (Pio IX) and to Palermo' constitution against the Bourbon King Ferdinando II.


Battaglia Ignazio, President of the Council, acting as mayor until the 30 June.


Margaglio Dr. Ferdinando, President of the Council in July and August.


Sanfilippo Vincenzo, elected Mayor the 3 October.


Saitta Dr. Luigi, (from 20 November, dismissed in June 1851).


Margaglio Dr. Vito (from 21 ottobre)


Meli Bernardo (from 19 maggio)


Leanza Antonino, declared removed with decree of 14 May


Luca Sebastiano, President, elected in June.


Lawyer Lombardo Nicolò, nominated by the rebels, probably from 4 August. At dawn of the 10 August 1860, after a summary process for the bloody  Bronte' facts, was shot by order of Nino Bixio in the Convent of San Vito square.


Luca Sebastiano, Presidente froml 26 ottobre to 15 febbraio 1861)


Meli Bernardo (from 9 maggio to 6 aprile 1862).


Cimbali Antonino

Antonino Cimbali (Bronte 31.1.22 – 23.4.1897), acting as Mayor from 13 June.

Medical doctor, man of letters, teacher of natural history in the Capizzi College , was father to four illustrious sons who reached high cultural levels in many fields: Enrico (Bronte 1855 – Messina 1887), Giuseppe (1858-1924), Francesco (1860-1930, second brontese deputy to Montecitorio and Mayor of Bronte in the years 1895, 1914 and 1903) and Eduardo (1862-1934).

Was mayor of Bronte also in the years 1869, 1888 e 1890.

His humane and generous character, his firmness and rectitude were needed to pacify the people of Bronte, to raise the exhausted municipal finances, to undertake important public works (cemetery, municipal house, theater) and enlarge Bronte' territory after the positive conclusion of a hoary dispute with the Dukedom.


Zappia Giuseppe, notary, acting as Mayor from 20 January


Leanza Antonino (in office till 1864)


Massa Angelo, Lawyer, Extraordinary Royal Commissioner


Meli Bernardo (in office till 1868)


Cimbali dr. Antonino, in office till 1875. Was also Mayor of Bronte in 1862, 1888 and 1890.


Cavalier Baratta Gennaro, native of Ucria (ME)


Leanza Antonino


Leotta Guglielmo, acting as Mayor from 29 November


Lombardo Placido, acting as Mayor from 22 April


Cavalier Baratta Gennaro


Alati Tommaso, lawyer, extraordinary Royal Commissioner from 12 October.


Leotta Guglielmo, in office till 1884


Palermo Filippo, resigned shortly after being elected.


Spedalieri Nicolò, in office till 25 September


Leotta Guglielmo, in office till 1887. Benedetto Radice writes that, a year after, because of a cholera epidemic, "the mayor and the assessors run away".


Sorge Giuseppe, lawyer, extraordinary Royal Commissioner (the civic Council came to an end because of the cholera epidemic and all powers were concentrated on the Commissioner).


Cimbali Antonino, resigned the 28 January 1889.

Under his mayor ship were initiated projects for the transformation of the Convent of Padri Basiliani (adjacent to San Blandano church) to "Municipal house", (till 1866 Bronte did not have one), completion of the Cemetery and staging of the City theater.

Was mayor of Bronte also in the years 1862, 1869 e 1890.

The City theatre in 1900

Piazza Nicola Spedalieri


Leotta Guglielmo, acting as Mayor


Baratta Gennaro, acting as till 7 September.


Cimbali Antonino, resigned the 9 July 1891. Was also Mayor of Bronte in the years 1862, 1869, and 1888.


Minissale Michele, lawyer.


Politi Luigi (in office till 1893, when, in February the civic Council came to an end)


Diodato Sansone, lawyer, extraordinary Royal Commissioner nominated the 6 March.)


Spedalieri Nicolò, in office from 6 June till 1894.


Spedalieri Arcangelo, doctor, resigned the 24 June.


Cimbali Francesco,

doctor, son of Antonino (Mayor in 1862, 1869, 1888 and 1890).

Was our second Deputy (elected to Montecitorio in 1893-95) and provincial Councilor.

Was also Mayor of Bronte in the years 1903 and 1914.


De Luca Placido, lawyer, from 27 August


De Luca Placido, in office till 1903


Limongelli Alfonso, nominated Royal Commissioner the 6 February


Cimbali Francesco, doctor, in office till 1904. Was our second Deputy (elected  to Montecitorio in 1893-95) and provincial Councilor; Was also  Mayor of Bronte in the years 1895 and  1914.


Pace De Luca Vincenzo


Spedalieri Pietro, in office till 1908


Pace De Luca Vincenzo


Cimbali Francesco, doctor, in office till 1916. Was our second Deputy elected  to Montecitorio in 1893-95; Was also  Mayor of Bronte in the years 1895 and  1914


Pace De Luca Vincenzo, in office till 1925


De Luca Placido, lawyer, Podestà


Sanfilippo Francesco, Podestà, resigned in 1941


De Luca Placido, lawyer, prefecture Commissioner nominated by the Allied Forces


Saitta Vincenzo, lawyer



was the first to be elected Lord Mayor after the fascist period and the Constitution of the  Republic (administrative elections of the  9.3.46).

Militant in the Christian Democratic Party, headed a two-color Council (Christian Democracy-Socialist Party) and had as aldermen Castiglione Vincenzo (Socialist Party), Franchina Leone and Palermo Giuseppe (Christian Democracy), Meli Calogero and Di Bella Salvatore (deputy aldermen, of the Socialist Party).

Lasted a few months only, until June, when the Council was dissolved for internal contrasts  in the Christian Democratic Party.



Giuseppe Interdonato elected Lord Mayor  in June heading a two-color Council (Christian Democracy  -  Socialist Party).

His aldermen were Luigi Mauro (Socialist Party), the notary Nunzio Azzia and Leone Franchina (Christian Democracy) and Gennaro Talamo and Nunzio Di Bella (deputy aldermen).

The knight Giuseppe Interdonato, was  President of the Hospital Castiglione-Prestianni during the war and till 1959, Director of the the Mutual Popular Bank of  Bronte (the ancient Agrarian Mutual Bank), now  Popular Bank of Bronte. always to the service of his country town, acknowledged  the desire of revival and of political, economical and cultural awakening, that animated the people.

He stood as a candidate for the Christian Democratic party to the  administrative elections of the  9th of March '46 and was elected Lord Mayor of Bronte in June.

He was fully involved in the revival desire of the after war time and of the wish  for economical and cultural awakening that was animating the entire population,  doing his outmost  to realize social works and services in that period particularly necessary to the collectivity.

Many remember him spending entire days on the train to get to Palermo or Rome or in the door steps of deputies or high government officials to ask for financing of works to be realized in our country town.

That is how, while he was Lord Mayor, were realized the council houses of the avenue of the Region, the Municipal Palace, the scholastic complex «Mazzini», the house of the War Veterans and the sewer system, were  improved many town' streets and realized others in various agricultural zones. A large numbers of his projects, undertaken by him were financed and executed when he was no longer Lord Mayor.



elected in the administrative elections  1952 with a   civic electoral roll that joined, after the elections, the Christian Democratic party.
He formed a two-color Council with the aldermen Minissale Giuseppe, (future Mayor of the  '55), Catania Luigi and Ciraldo Nunzio (Christian Democracy), Meli Vincenzo (Socialist Party) and two other substitute aldermen  Liuzzo Giuseppe (Christian Democracy) and Longhitano Antonino (Socialist Party).

Remained in office till the month of November 1955.



chemist, Christian democrat, elected mayor in  November 1955 after the fall of the Council presided by Nunzio De Luca.

Had as aldermen Ciraldo Nunzio and Camuto Carmelo of the Christian Democracy and Meli Vincenzo of the Socialist Party. Substitute alderman was Longhitano Antonino of the Socialist Party.
Lasted in office till June '56.



lawyer, socialist, valiant defender of trade union rights of workers. Elected in the electoral list Autonomy and Revival that in the elections of 1956 obtained 4.868 votes (50,2%) headed the first Council of the left of the political history of Bronte.

His aldermen were  Cantaro Galeno Domenico (Communist party), the professor Mario Lupo (deputy Mayor),  The schoolteacher Vittorio Cutrona and the lawyer Antonino Venia (Socialist Party) and Lupo Vito and Gulino Lorenzo (Communist party, Socialist party, deputy aldermen).

In the following  administrative elections of 1960 the Christian Democracy obtained 14 seats (over 32), the Socialist Party  13.

Was formed again a council of the left with lord Mayor still the lawyer Castiglione Vincenzo (effective aldermen: Mario Lupo, Nunzio Pappalardo, Antonino Venia od the Socialist party and Gatto Giuseppe of the Social Democratic party  of G. Saragat; substutute aldermen: Salvatore Longhitano

and Alfio Martello, Socialist party).

This second administration of the lawyer Castiglione lasted only two years; in 1962, in fact, the representative  of the Social-Democrat party, Gatto, took away his support causing the fall of the Council and offered it to the new Lord Mayor  Nunzio Meli.



professor. Was also headmaster of the Capizzi high school and president of the local Mutual Popular Bank (the ancient Mutual Agrarian Bank founded in 1912).
Was  elected in the list of the Christian Democracy; his Council was composed by the aldermen Attinà Fortunato and Lombardo Nunzio (Christian Democracy), Saitta Alfio (Monarchist Party) and Gatto Giuseppe (Social Democratic party) and deputy aldermen Caraci Nunzio and Ciraldo Francesco (Christian Democracy).

Four years after, in the successive administrative elections of the 22.11.64, again the Christian Democratic Party of Bronte won with 4.553 votes (42,52%.

Second resulted the Socialist party with 2.524 votes). Was elected again Lord Mayor the professor Meli Nunzio.

His aldermen were Gatto Giuseppe (Social Democratic party), Lombardo Nunzio and Carmelo Zerbo (Christian Democracy) and  Venia Antonino (Socialist party); deputy aldermen were Pappalardo Nunzio (Socialist party) and Currao Giuseppe (Christian Democracy).



lawyer. In the administrative elections held in November 1968, of the 32 seats available, the Christian Democracy  had 13, the Socialist party-Social Democratic party  10, the Communist party 5, a Maniace' civic list 3 and the Italian social Movement 1.

Was formed a left wing council and elected Mayor the lawyer Antonino Venia with the aldermen Vincenzo Lupo, Giuseppe Gatto, Castiglione Placido and Fallico Antonino (the substitute were Di Marco Sebastiano and Caltabiano Paolo).

The Council, tortured by a long, internal crisis, was forced to resign during Augustl 1970.

The crisis last only a few days: the 29th, in fact, a coalition formed by eight Christian Democrats councilors of Sturzo section (on the 13 that the Christian Democracy had), the Socialist party and the civic list of

Maniace elected Mayor again the lawyer Venia with the aldermen Attinà Fortunato, Zingali Ignazio, Paparo Antonino ( Christian Democracy ), Castiglione Placido (Socialist party) and Di Marco Sebastiano of the civic list of Maniace.


literature professor to the Capizzi high school, Christian Democrat, elected in the administrative  1973.

Formed a two- color Council with the layer  Vincenzo Castiglione and Biagio Saitta of the Socialist Party and Ignazio Zingali, Giuseppe Sarta and Antonino Paparo of  Christian Democracy.



Giuseppe Franchina, school teacher, headed from June '79 a one-party Council again with Christian Democracy majority; (in the elections they took 4.910 votes over 12.404 voters, the Socialist party 2.833 and the Communist party 1.073).

Were part of the initial Council the aldermen Paparo Antonino, Longhitano Francesco, Leanza Biagio Antonino, Sarta Giuseppe, Spitaleri Antonino and Spitaleri Francesco (all Christian Democrats).

Towards the end of the Franchina mandate were also part of the Council  Pino Firrarello and Petronaci Zino.



Giuseppe (Pino) Firrarello, elected in the list of the Christian Democracy, that  in the  administrative elections 1984 won 5.320 votes (45,49%) against  3.220 of the Socialist Party (27,53%), 1.329 of the Communist Party (11,36%) and 822 of the Italian Social Movement (7,29%).

Headed a two-color Council (DC-PSI) with the aldermen  Livio Castiglione (Deputy Mayor, son of the Mayor Vincenzo) and Nicola Furnitto of the Socialist Party and with Giuseppe Catania, Francesco Musarra, Salvatore Anastasi and Antonino Triscari of the Christian Democracy.

A successive  reshuffle brought, in the Council in '86, Salvatore Pizzuto, Antonio Longhitano, Calogero Di Marco and Zino Petronaci.

Pino Firrarello, subsequently elected deputy to the Sicilian Regional Assembly (22.6.1986) and then Senator to  Madama Palace (1996 and 2001), left the chair of Lord Mayor to Nino Paparo.

He was successful in carrying  to completion many initiatives started in past administrations,

1985: the Lord Mayor Firrarello recei­ves, in the council chamber, the Cata­nia’s Prefect Virga, (to his right). To the left the, vice mayor Livio Castiglione and to the right the municipal secretary.

programming several new public works and  resolving important problems for the collectivity
in Bronte.



employee, Christian Democrat. Formed a Council with  Pizzuto Salvatore, Di Marco Calogero and Longhitano Antonino of the Socialist Party and Caruso Vincenzo, Anastasi Salvatore and Triscari Antonino of the Christian Democracy.

With a successive reshuffle of the 2.12.1987 the aldermans Lorenzo Giuseppe Capace, Calogero Di Marco, Salvino Luca of the Socialist Party  and Vincenzo Caruso, Nunzio Castiglione, Antonino Galvagno of the Christian Democracy formed also the Council.



Francesco (Ciccio) Spitaleri, employee, elected in the list of Christian Democracy that in the  administrative elections of the 28-29 maggio 1989 won 6.727 votes  (54,42% ) with eighteen  seats.

Among the other parties, the Socialist Party  had 26,45% (9 seats), The Communist Party 9,80% and the Social Movement-DN 5,20%.

Headed a one-party Council with Saitta Antonino Luigi, Catania Giuseppe, Catania Franco (subsequently elected to the Sicilian Regional Assembly), Franchina Giovanni Luigi, Lupo Tommaso and Schilirò Maria (all Christian Democrats).

Resigned from office on the 13.12.1991 (as had been politically agreed, inside the Christian Democratic group, before his election).


Chemist, Christian Democrat, elected Mayor the 23rd December 1991, after the resignation of  Spitaleri Francesco.

Headed a Council  Christian Democracy-Socialist Party with a total of 27 councilors over 32) with four aldermen Christian Democrats (Antonino Orefice, Biagio Papotto and Giuseppe Basile and three Socialist (Francesco Musarra, Biagio Saitta and Vincenza Meli).

Lasted in office only one year for the anticipated breaking up of the Town Council. Towards the end of 1992, in fact, the 18 Christian Democrats councilors resigned and, for Bronte, was nominated a Commissar ad acta. The period of his Mayor ship  was contemporaneous to the end of the so-called "First Republic" (with the  dissolving, even in Bronte, of the two major political Parties, the Christian Democracy and the  Socialist Party).


Doctor Benedetto Girolamo, prefecture Commissioner.



Zappia Mario born at Catania the 14.2.1954, medical doctor, first Lord Mayor elected  directly by the citizens in the  administrative elections of 21.1.1993 in the  civic list "Together  to rebuild".

Surpassed  in the second ballot with 5.937 votes (61,55%) the lawyer Livio Castiglione. Chose as first aldermen Galvagno Antonino, Galvagno Maria, Sanfilippo Antonino, Meli Nunzio, Schilirò Antonio and Spanò Nunzio.

Four years after, in the municipal elections of the 1997, again in second ballot, Mario Zappia was re-elected Mayor with 9.032 votes (the other candidate, Franco Catania, refused to participate to the second ballot).

His first Council had as aldermen Bonina Gaetano, Costanzo Angela Daniela, Leanza Nello, Pappalardo Consolazione and Salvia Carmelo (with functions of Deputy Mayor during the last  period).

For subsequent resignations and reshuffles joined as aldermen also Biuso Nuccio, Bonina Antonino, Gorgone Maurizio, Navarria Antonino, Longhitano Maurizio and  Pinzone Alfio.



lawyer and  business manager, Socialist, ex vice-president of the Sicilian Regional Assembly and ex Regional Alderman to  Public Works.

After thirty years has brought back the left wing to to govern the city of Bronte: has been, in fact, elected Lord Mayor in a coalition of Left-Center, in the second ballot of the  10th of June 2002, with 6.205 votes  (54,76%), surpassing the other candidate, the layer Nunzio Calanna of the coalition "House of Freedom" by 1.077 votes. The aldermen of his first Council, indicated during the electoral campaign, are: Antonello Caruso, Rosaria Costanzo Zammataro, Antonino Leanza, Alfio Paparo, Franca Reale and Vincenzo Sanfilippo.

His coalition has, however, little power and representation in the Municipal Council where the House of Freedom has an overwhelming  majority of 14 councilors over 20.

The brief Leanza’s mayoralty did not had a happy life: since the first months the composition of his executive committee appeared fickle and changeable, (during the two years, the Mayor rotated 13 names to that position.), and the rapports with the Council were particularly quarrelsome, as the opposition, (Casa delle libertà (Freedom’s House), had a majority of 14 councilors out of 20, having surpassed in the first electoral turn, of the 26th-27th of May 2002, with a crushing majority, the coalition that voted Leanza (7.376 votes 60,47 %).

With 17 votes in favour, (all the ones of the opposition plus one of the independent councilor Enzo Bonina), the 23rd of October, 2004, the Council voted a motion of no confidence sending everybody home (Lord mayor and Council) and the citizens to polls.


Ernesto Bianca, an executive of Catania’s prefecture, appointed by the Region’s governor Cuffaro, commissary to Bronte’s Council, from the 2nd of December, 2004.



Giuseppe (Pino) Firrarello, born on the 9th of August, 1939, at San Cono, elected in the CdL (Freedom’s House) coalition with 7.490 votes (58,95 %), on the first turn of the 15th-16th of May 2005 ‘s administrative elections, after more than twenty years, he, a senator of the republic, becomes again Lord Mayor of Bronte, (he was already that at the beginning of his political career in 1984).

He brings back the centre-right to the Council, defeating, with a large majority, the two coalitions of centre-left headed by Salvatore Leanza (outgoing Lord Mayor, distrusted by the Council, who receives just 23,88 % of votes), and by Dario Sammartino, candidate of Franco Catania, who doesn’t go past 16,88%).

He has selected as town councilors, Nunzio Calanna, lawyer, born in Bronte the 6th of July, 1943, Vincenzo Caruso, professor, born in Bronte the 3rd of March, 1958, Aldo Catania, employee, born in Bronte the 21st of September, 1961, Lino Leanza, appointed ARS, born in Maletto the 27th of March, 1957, and Antonino Petronaci, lawyer, born at Catania the 14th of September, 1970.

He can count on a large majority in the municipal Council, (3 councilors, against 7 of the centre-left, (4 from the Salvatore Leanza coalition and 3 from the Dario Sammartino’s one).

Translated by Sam Di Bella

Bronte's Lord Mayors: Italian version (last adjournment)


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