Capo d'Orlando

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Capo d'Orlando
Comune
Comune di Capo d'Orlando
View over Capo d'Orlando
View over Capo d'Orlando
Capo d'Orlando is located in Italy
Capo d'Orlando
Capo d'Orlando
Location of Capo d'Orlando in Italy
Coordinates: 38°09′N 14°44′E / 38.150°N 14.733°E / 38.150; 14.733Coordinates: 38°09′N 14°44′E / 38.150°N 14.733°E / 38.150; 14.733
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Messina (ME)
Government
 • Mayor Franco Ingrillì
Area
 • Total 14 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (31 May 2016)
 • Total 13,327
 • Density 950/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Orlandini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 98070 and 98071
Dialing code 0941
Patron saint Maria SS. di Porto Salvo
Saint day October 22
Website Official website

Capo d'Orlando is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Messina, Sicily, southern Italy, one of the main centers of the mountain and coastal Nebrodi area.

The lighthouse of Capo d'Orlando by night

History[edit]

After the destruction of the Greek colony of Agathyrnum by the Roman Republican Army, the only settlement was a tiny fisherman's village. In 1925 Capo d'Orlando was elevated to the status of Comune (council), as before it was included in the territory of Naso.

A railway station was made during the Fascist era in the early 20th century. During this century the population and tourist development quickly grew.

Economy[edit]

Tourism is one of the main resources of the local economy. The town also has a small marina for both fishing and tourist boats alike that also offers transportation to and from the Aeolian islands during the summer season and approximately 14 km of beaches, rocky shores that face the deep blue Tyrrenian sea making it an ideal spot to enjoy the summertime, early fall and late springtime. The location of Capo d'Orlando is also very peculiar because for a town that faces the sea, it is also very close (less than 20 km) to Nebrodi Mountain Regional Environmental Park: a fairly large extension of temperate woods, where is possible to hike to lakes, rivers, falls and tiny historical villages where everyone can enjoy the best of traditional Sicilian food and wine.

There are banks and commercial business firms along with several fair sized factories located nearby such as "Porte IMIC" (wooden and metal door manufacturer), "irritec" and "siplast" (irrigation systems).

Another eonomic factor is exploitation of the extensive presence of orange of lemon fields throughout the area.

Sport[edit]

Capo d'Orlando is home to a top division basketball team, Orlandina Basket.

Twin towns[edit]

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