|Metropolitan city||Messina (ME)|
|Local name||Villafranca / Bàusu|
|Residents||8,367 (Dec 31, 2019)|
|Population density||598 inhabitants / km²|
|Patron saint||San Nicola|
Location and dates
Villafranca Tirrena is 23 km west of Messina . The residents mainly work in agriculture and tourism.
The place was already mentioned in Aragonese times. In the 16th century the place was a fiefdom of the Cottone family.
The castle was built by Stefano Cottone in 1590. In the parish church of San Nicolo there is a painted wooden cross from the 16th century and a marble statue of the Madonna and Child.
- Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.