Castelvetrano

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Castelvetrano
Comune
Città di Castelvetrano
Mother Church
Mother Church
Coat of arms of Castelvetrano
Coat of arms
Castelvetrano within the Province of Trapani
Castelvetrano within the Province of Trapani
Castelvetrano is located in Italy
Castelvetrano
Castelvetrano
Location of Castelvetrano in Italy
Coordinates: 37°41′0″N 12°47′35″E / 37.68333°N 12.79306°E / 37.68333; 12.79306Coordinates: 37°41′0″N 12°47′35″E / 37.68333°N 12.79306°E / 37.68333; 12.79306
Country Italy
Region Sicily Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Trapani (TP)
Frazioni Marinella (Selinunte), Triscina
Government
 • Mayor Felice Errante (FLI)
Area
 • Total 206 km2 (80 sq mi)
Elevation 187 m (614 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 31,824
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castelvetranesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 91022
Dialing code 0924
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day 24 June
Website Official website

Castelvetrano (Sicilian: Castedduvitranu) is an Italian town and comune in the province of Trapani, Sicily, with a population (2011) of 31,824.[1] The archeological site of Selinunte is located within the municipal territory.

History[edit]

The first recorded mentions of Castelvetrano in the historical record date back to the 1100 and 1200s. By the 1400s, records exist of a federation of local cities, which include Castelvetrano. The church of St. John, outside the city walls, dates back to this period and was founded in 1412.

Geography[edit]

The municipality borders with Campobello di Mazara, Mazara del Vallo, Menfi (AG), Montevago (AG), Partanna, Salemi and Santa Ninfa.[2] It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Marinella di Selinunte and Triscina. Marinella lies nearby the Ancient Greek site of Selinunte.

Demographics[edit]

Economy[edit]

The town is predominantly a farming town, with the cultivation of vines and olive trees being the main focus. Woodworking (mainly furniture) is also an important sector.

Main sights[edit]

The center of Castelvetrano consists of three linked squares and many monuments can be found within these areas. The main square is Piazza Tagliavia which is adorned with many fine buildings including the town's principal church, the Chiesa Madre, which in its present form dates back to the sixteenth century. Inside the church are stuccoes by Ferraro and Giacomo Serpotta.

Near the church is the Municipio (town hall) and also close by is the Purgatory Church, built in 1624–64, with its façade filled with statues.[3]

Gallery[edit]

The Nymph Fountain 
Castelvetrano olives 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (in Italian) Source: Istat 2011
  2. ^ 39291 (x a j h) Castelvetrano on OpenStreetMap
  3. ^ (in Italian) Castelvetrano on trapani-sicilia.it

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