Castellammare del Golfo
Castellammare del Golfo
|Comune di Castellammare del Golfo|
|Frazioni||Balata di Baida, Scopello, Guidaloca, Fraginesi, Lu Baruni|
|• Mayor||Nicola Rizzo|
|• Total||127.32 km2 (49.16 sq mi)|
|Elevation||26 m (85 ft)|
(28 February 2017)
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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 Municipality in the Trapani Province of Sicily. The name can be translated as "Sea Fortress on the Gulf", stemming from the medieval fortress in the harbor. The nearby body of water conversely takes its name from the town, and is known as Gulf of Castellammare.
Heading upwards from its marina/harbour called "Cala Marina", with many restaurants and bars, the urban plan is made of steps and winding streets that lead to Piazza Petrolo in one direction or towards the main central gardens, where the town center lies with many shops, cafes and restaurants. The main street is called Corso Garibaldi. Castellammare del Golfo has been described as probably having the most beautiful peninsula in all of Sicily.
According to the opinion of historians and geographers such as Ptolemy, Diodorus Siculus and Strabo, Castellammare del Golfo was born as Emporium Segestanorum, port of Segesta, a nearby city which shared the same ordeals until its fall. The Arabs occupied Castellammare del Golfo from 827 AD, and called it "Al Madarig", which means "The Steps", probably due to an uphill steep street leading from the harbour to the area of the fortified bastion. It was the Arabs who first built the castle fortress, later enlarged by the Normans. The Arab building rose on a rocky outcrop near the sea, linked to the mainland by a wooden drawbridge.
The small town is also noted for having been the birthplace of many American Mafia figures, including Sebastiano DiGaetano, Salvatore Maranzano, Stefano Magaddino, Vito Bonventre, John Tartamella, and Joseph Bonanno. This is the origin of the Castellamarese war, fought by the Masseria clan against the Maranzano clan for the control of the Italian Mafia in New York City.
- Trapani about 35 km to the west;
- Palermo about 30 km to the east;
- Scopello with its tonnara (traditional tuna fishing ground) to the west;
- San Vito Lo Capo to the west;
- Riserva naturale 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, including:
- 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
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