Castelvetrano

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Castelvetrano
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
Location of Castelvetrano
Castelvetrano is located in Italy
Castelvetrano
Castelvetrano
Location of Castelvetrano in Italy
Castelvetrano is located in Sicily
Castelvetrano
Castelvetrano
Castelvetrano (Sicily)
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
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
ProvinceTrapani (TP)
FrazioniMarinella (Selinunte), Triscina
Government
 • MayorNone (commissars)
Area
 • Total209.76 km2 (80.99 sq mi)
Elevation
187 m (614 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total31,503
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Castelvetranesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
91022
Dialing code0924
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
Saint day24 June
WebsiteOfficial website
The Nymph Fountain.

Castelvetrano (Sicilian: Castedduvitranu) is a town and comune in the province of Trapani, Sicily, southern Italy. The archeological site of Selinunte is located within the municipal territory.

The municipality borders with Campobello di Mazara, Mazara del Vallo, Menfi, Montevago, Partanna, Salemi and Santa Ninfa.[4]

History[edit]

The first recorded mentions of Castelvetrano in the historical record date back to the 12th and 13th centuries. By the 15th century, 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.

Economy[edit]

The economy is based predominantly on farming, 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.[5]

Famous residents[edit]

Philosopher Giovanni Gentile was born in Castelvetrano, and a local school is named after him. Two famous mafiosi - Francaesco and Matteo Messina Denaro - were also born there.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ (in Italian) Source: Istat 2011
  4. ^ 39291 (x a j h) Castelvetrano on OpenStreetMap
  5. ^ (in Italian) Castelvetrano on trapani-sicilia.it

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