Capizzi

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Capizzi
Comune
Comune di Capizzi
Panorama di Capizzi.JPG
Capizzi is located in Italy
Capizzi
Capizzi
Location of Capizzi in Italy
Coordinates: 37°51′N 14°29′E / 37.850°N 14.483°E / 37.850; 14.483Coordinates: 37°51′N 14°29′E / 37.850°N 14.483°E / 37.850; 14.483
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Messina (ME)
Government
 • Mayor Giacomo Leonardo Purrazzo
Area
 • Total 69.9 km2 (27.0 sq mi)
Elevation 1,100 m (3,600 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 2,284
 • Density 33/km2 (85/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 98031
Dialing code 0935
Website Official website

Capizzi (Greek: Καπίτιον; Latin: Capitium) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southwest of Messina.

Capizzi borders the following municipalities: Caronia, Cerami, Cesarò, Mistretta.

History[edit]

The origins of Capizzi are unclear, although certainly ancient. Capitium is mentioned by Cicero and Ptolemy, and appears from the former to have been a place of some importance. He mentions it in conjunction with Haluntium (modern San Marco d'Alunzio), Enguium (modern Gangi), and other towns in the northern part of the island, and Ptolemy enumerates it among the inland cities of Sicily. Its situation on the southern slope of the mountains of Caronia, about 26 kilometres (16 mi) from the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the same distance from Gangi (Enguium), accords well with the ancient indications.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Cicero, in Verr. iii. 4. 3; Ptoemy. iii. 4. § 12; Cluverius Sicil.