Caccamo

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Caccamo
Comune di Caccamo
Caccamo in Palermo province 24.jpg
Location of Caccamo
Caccamo is located in Italy
Caccamo
Caccamo
Location of Caccamo in Italy
Caccamo is located in Sicily
Caccamo
Caccamo
Caccamo (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°56′N 13°40′E / 37.933°N 13.667°E / 37.933; 13.667Coordinates: 37°56′N 13°40′E / 37.933°N 13.667°E / 37.933; 13.667
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Metropolitan cityPalermo (PA)
FrazioniSan Giovanni Li Greci, Sambuchi
Government
 • MayorNicasio Di Cola
Area
 • Total188.23 km2 (72.68 sq mi)
Elevation
521 m (1,709 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total8,139
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Caccamese(i)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
90012
Dialing code091
Patron saintSaint Nicasius of Sicily[1][permanent dead link]
WebsiteOfficial website

Caccamo (Sicilian: Càccamu) is a town and comune located on the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily in the Metropolitan City of Palermo.

History[edit]

The official founding of Caccamo was not until 1093, when the Normans started to build the castle on a rocky spur overlooking a cliff, Castello di Caccamo. The castle itself is actually now being slowly converted into a museum. On the ground level of the castle is a restaurant "A Castellana". Submerged within the Rosamarina lake is a stone bridge built in 1307 on the road that once linked the town with Palermo. The city contains an attractive 11th-century cathedral, which was remodeled in 1477 and 1614. On the side of the cathedral are two churches. The Chiesa dell'Anime del Purgatorio (Church of the Souls of Purgatory) features some stucco work in the eastern end and an 18th-century organ. In the downstairs are catacombs where the skeletons of a number of townspeople lie in niches along the wall, a burial practice that lasted from the 17th century up to 1863.

The Festa del Padrone, near the entrance to the Castle of Caccamo

Since the 1950s the town itself has lost almost half of its inhabitants to emigration. Caccamo holds some great views of the surrounding countryside, including the Rosmarina artificial lake, which was created by a controversial dam built in 1993.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.