Castel di Lucio
|Castel di Lucio|
|Comune di Castel di Lucio|
|Province||Province of Messina (ME)|
|• Total||28.4 km2 (11.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||753 m (2,470 ft)|
|Population (Dec. 2004)|
|• Density||52/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Castel di Lucio (Sicilian: Castel di Luciu) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 90 kilometres (56 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 110 kilometres (68 mi) southwest of Messina. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,477 and an area of 28.4 square kilometres (11.0 sq mi).
This small provincial mountain town located about two hours from Palermo is mostly agriculture based. They mainly farm seasonal crops, raise livestock, and most are subsistence farmers. One traditional food is the sharp provolone cheese made fresh by local farmers and celebrated throughout the region. Coupled with the agricultural economy is the diverse ethnicities that make up the town. Collectively the people are known as Casteluccesse. At various times throughout history civilizations from around the globe have left their mark. From the nomadic Vikings to the conquering Romans Castel di Lucio is riddled with diversity. Later the Arabs and the Spanish Bourbons controlled the tiny island mountain town. A selection of blonde haired blue-eyed citizens coupled with dark skinned brown-eyed ones dawn the city streets. The patron saint of Castel di Lucio is San Placido. San Placido is charged with protecting the town and keeping its citizens safe from harm. Every year on October 5th, the town celebrates with mass, a full town parade, drinking, eating, and worshipping. Though the actual celebration is in October, an August celebration is held for tourist reasons. During the summer the town swells from about 1500 people to nearly 10,000.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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