Brolo

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Brolo
Comune
Comune di Brolo
Brolo pan.jpg
Brolo is located in Italy
Brolo
Brolo
Location of Brolo in Italy
Coordinates: 38°9′N 14°50′E / 38.150°N 14.833°E / 38.150; 14.833Coordinates: 38°9′N 14°50′E / 38.150°N 14.833°E / 38.150; 14.833
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Metropolitan cityMessina (ME)
FrazioniCasette, Filanda, Iannello, Lacco, Lago, Malpertuso, Parrazzà, Piana, Sant'Anna, Sellica
Government
 • MayorRosaria Ricciardello
Area
 • Total7.9 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Elevation8 m (26 ft)
Population (31 December 2016)[1]
 • Total5,739
 • Density730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Brolesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code98061
Dialing code0941
Patron saintMaria SS. Annunziata
Saint dayMarch 25
WebsiteOfficial website

Brolo (Sicilian: Brolu) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 130 kilometres (81 mi) east of Palermo and about 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Messina.

Brolo borders the following municipalities: Ficarra, Naso, Piraino, Sant'Angelo di Brolo.

Until 1960 the economy was mostly based on agriculture, the main produces including olives and lemons. Now the economy is based on buildings houses, commerce and some summer tourism.

History[edit]

During the Roman era Brolo was called Brolium, meaning "garden" or "Park" in Latin, and was crossed by the Via Valeria. In the Middle Ages it had a castle on the sea, around which, probably from the 11th century, a fishermens' settlement arose. Bianca Lancia, mistress and wife of Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, probably lived in the castle during the 13th century according to some historians.

Brolo was the scene of an amphibious landing during the Battle of Sicily in World War II.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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