Province of Palermo

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Province of Palermo
Province
Map highlighting the location of the province of Palermo in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Palermo in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Sicilia
Capital(s) Palermo
Comuni 82
Government
 • President Francesco Musotto
Area
 • Total 4,992 km2 (1,927 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,249,533
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 90010, 90010-90035, 90037-90049, 90100
Telephone prefix 091, 0921, 0924
Vehicle registration PA
ISTAT 082
Website www.provincia.palermo.it

The Province of Palermo (Italian: Provincia di Palermo; Sicilian: Pruvincia di Palermu) is a province in the autonomous region of Sicily, a major island in Southern Italy. Its capital is the city of Palermo. The Province of Palermo has 82 comuni (see Comunes of the Province of Palermo), 1,249,533 inhabitants, (24.9% of the Sicilian population) and is 4,992 square kilometres (1,927 sq mi) (19.4% of the Sicilian territory).[1] Its name is derived from Latin word "Panormus".[2] The province is surrounded by Tyrrhenian Sea in the north and is popular for its beaches namely Mondello. The land is mountainous and includes Pollina and Imera Valleys. Madonie Range is located in the province.[3] A protected area - Madonie Regional Park is also located in the province. It has an airport called Falcone-Borsellino airport. It serves about a million passengers every year while the local port serves about half a million passengers every year. During the months from July to September the province is visited by a large number of tourists.[1] Service is the most important economic sector for the province accounting to three fourth of the total employment opportunities while the industry and agriculture employ 18% and 6% of the population respectively. In spite of this a very large part of the total job force in the province remains unemployed. Tourism is an important industry in the province.[1] A few major tourist destinations include Arab-Norman Palatine Chapel, Church of St. John of the Hermits, Palazzo Abbatellis, Gothic Palazzo Chiaramonte and National Gallery of Sicily. The seat of the Sicilian parliament is also located in the province. A cathedral containing the tombs of Frederick II and other rulers is also a well known tourist attraction. During 1072-1194 Palermo was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily before Naples became the new capital under the rule of the French Angevin dynasty.[2] It has also been ruled by the Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Arabs.[2] Historical accounts recording the existence of the province date back to the 8th and 6th century B.C.[2] Some major towns of the province are Palermo, Alia, Alimena, Sclafani Bagni and Petralia Soprana. In 1840, for the purpose of administration the province was divided into four distrcts– Palermo, Corleone, Termini and Cefalu.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Some data about the province of Palermo". Sicilia. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Province of Palermo". SicilyBella. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Palermo, Sicily". ITALIA. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  4. ^ The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. C. Knight. 1840. p. 158. 

Coordinates: 38°06′56″N 13°21′41″E / 38.11556°N 13.36139°E / 38.11556; 13.36139