Buscemi

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Buscemi
Comune di Buscemi
Buscemi-Panorama.JPG
Coat of arms of Buscemi
Coat of arms
Location of Buscemi
Buscemi is located in Italy
Buscemi
Buscemi
Location of Buscemi in Italy
Buscemi is located in Sicily
Buscemi
Buscemi
Buscemi (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°05′N 14°53′E / 37.083°N 14.883°E / 37.083; 14.883
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
ProvinceSyracuse (SR)
Government
 • MayorRossella La Pira
Area
 • Total52.0 km2 (20.1 sq mi)
Elevation
761 m (2,497 ft)
Population
(30 November 2017[1])
 • Total1,025
 • Density20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Buscemesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Patron saintMadonna of the Wood
Saint dayLast Sunday in August
WebsiteOfficial website

Buscemi (Italian pronunciation: [buʃˈʃɛːmi]; Buscema in Sicilian; Buxema in Latin; Qalʾat ʾabi Šāma in Arabic, pronounced /qal.ʕɑt ʕaˌbi ʃaːˈmɑ/) is a town and comune of 1,025 inhabitants in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, southern Italy.

It is 52 kilometres (32 mi) west of Syracuse, in the Hyblaean Mountains, precisely on the mount Vignitti, 783 metres (2,569 ft) above sea level; the river Anapo crosses the communal territory. The closest municipalities are Buccheri and Palazzolo Acreide.

History[edit]

The town was founded during the Emirate of Sicily, although the area was settled during the Bronze Age. The Ancient Greek colony of Casmene was located in the modern communal territory of Buscemi.

Buscemi was completely destroyed in the 1693 earthquake, and was later rebuilt. Baronial families who held Buscemi include the Ventimiglia and Requisenz, who had a castle whose remains are at the entrance of the town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Data from Istat