Borgetto

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Borgetto
Comune di Borgetto
Location of Borgetto
Borgetto is located in Italy
Borgetto
Borgetto
Location of Borgetto in Italy
Borgetto is located in Sicily
Borgetto
Borgetto
Borgetto (Sicily)
Coordinates: 38°3′N 13°9′E / 38.050°N 13.150°E / 38.050; 13.150Coordinates: 38°3′N 13°9′E / 38.050°N 13.150°E / 38.050; 13.150
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Metropolitan cityPalermo (PA)
FrazioniPartinico, Giardinello, Montelepre, Monreale
Area
 • Total25 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation
290 m (950 ft)
Population
(31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total7,394
 • Density300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Borgettani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
90042
Dialing code091
ISTAT code082013
WebsiteOfficial website

Borgetto (Sicilian: Lu Burgettu) is a small mountain Italian town of the Metropolitan City of Palermo in Sicily. As of 2012 Borgetto had an estimated population of 7,394.[2] The town overlooks the northern coastline of Sicily.

History[edit]

The origins of Borgetto are disputed. The two largely accepted theories are that Borgetto was set up as vantage point over the Mediterranean Sea by Arab invaders. Thus, comes the root of Borgetto, Burj, which translates to tower in Arabic. Borgetto is the combination of Burj (tower) and -etto (a suffix meaning small in Italian).

The other theory is that Borgetto was set up by the Greeks as Greek ruins are commonplace throughout Sicily. This theory, however, is based on theory as opposed to fact.

Borgetto (foreground) and Partinico (middle of photo)

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ "The World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-02-24.