Casal di Principe
|Casal di Principe|
|Comune di Casal di Principe|
|• Mayor||Pasquale Martinelli (UDEUR)|
|• Total||23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi)|
|Population (1 June 2009)|
|• Density||900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Maria SS. Preziosa|
|Saint day||September 12|
Casal di Principe is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Caserta in the Italian region of Campania, located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northwest of Naples and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Caserta. It has a population of approximately 21,000 people. The town is located on the territory of Agro aversano - a rural area with 19 comunes spread on its land, and is directly linked to the comune of San Cipriano d'Aversa.
Casal di Principe is the hometown of the most dangerous clan of the Camorra -the Casalesi clan, headed by Francesco Schiavone, known as Sandokan (now in prison), who was born there. The clan has a strong control over the economic and political life of the town. The city council has been suspended three times (a record for the country), because of mafia infiltrations in the administration. During the mid-1990s Casal di Principe had the highest homicide rate in Europe. It is regarded as the most dangerous town in Italy, although similar can be found in the regions of Calabria and Sicily too.
Casal di Principe is also famous for the production of buffalo mozzarella, which is exported worldwide.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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