Castellammare del Golfo
|Castellammare del Golfo|
|Comune di Castellammare del Golfo|
|Frazioni||Balata di Baida, Scopello, Guidaloca, Fraginesi, Lu Baruni|
|• Mayor||Nicolò Coppola|
|• Total||127 km2 (49 sq mi)|
|Elevation||26 m (85 ft)|
|• Density||120/km2 (300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Balata di Baida: 91010
|Patron saint||Maria SS. del Soccorso|
|Saint day||August 21|
Castellammare del Golfo (Sicilian: Casteddammari; Latin: Emporium Segestanorum / Emporium Aegestensium) is a town and comune in the Trapani Province of Sicily. The name is roughly translated "Sea-Fortress (castle [on the] sea) of the Gulf", deriving from the medieval fortress in the harbor. The body of water it sits upon also takes its name from the fortress, Gulf of Castellammare.
From its marina/port, abounding in restaurants and bars, which is named "Cala Marina" you can go up either by winding steps or long staircases or streets that lead to piazza Petrolo with its magnificent views or towards the main central gardens (Villa Comunale) where the town center lies with many shops, cafes and restaurants.
The town itself was founded by the Arabs and its original name was "Al Madarig" (town of steps).
From this name comes also the Castellamarese war, fought by Joe Masseria clan against Salvatore Maranzano clan for the leadership of the Italian Mafia in New York City. However, in the past 20 years Castellammare del Golfo has become an important tourist location as it is conveniently situated between Palermo and Trapani.
- Trapani about 35 km to the west;
- Palermo about 30 km to the east;
- Scopello with its tonnara (tuna fishery) to the west.
- San Vito Lo Capo to the west.
- Beaches such as Guidaloca and Mazza di Sciacca to the west.
- La Riserva dello Zingaro also to the west with its bay beaches only accessible on foot or boat.
- Erice, a historic village, located 750 metres (2,460 ft) above sea level.
From Castellammare del Golfo you can take a boat trip departing from Cala Marina to the Egadi Islands situated in front of Trapani.
To the east, the gulf of Castellammare has a stretch of 30 kilometres (19 mi) of white sandy beaches.
Castellammare del Golfo has also been a location for various films, the following are the names of a few of them:
- For the Love of Mariastella (1946)
- Ocean's Twelve
- Avenging Angelo
- My name is Tanino
- Cefalonia (TV series)
- Inspector Montalbano, episode "The Sense of Touch"
- Largo Winch
- Leaves of the tree
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