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Comune di Niscemi
Niscemi is located in Italy
Location of Niscemi in Italy
Coordinates: 37°09′N 14°23′E / 37.150°N 14.383°E / 37.150; 14.383Coordinates: 37°09′N 14°23′E / 37.150°N 14.383°E / 37.150; 14.383
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Caltanissetta
 • Mayor Francesco La Rosa
 • Total 96 km2 (37 sq mi)
Elevation 332 m (1,089 ft)
Population (December 30, 2013)
 • Total 28,152
 • Density 290/km2 (760/sq mi)
Demonym Niscemesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 93015
Dialing code 0933
Patron saint Madonna Santissima del Bosco
Saint day May 21
Website Official website

Niscemi is a town and comune in the province of Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy. It has a population of 28,152.[1]


The name Niscemi is derived from the Arabic word نَشَم neshem or its singular form نَشَمَة neshemeh, this being the name of a particular type of tree.

World War II[edit]

During World War II, Niscemi was the location of Ponte Olivo Airfield, a military airfield used by the United States Twelfth Air Force during the Italian campaign. After the war the area was redeveloped and no evidence of the wartime airfield remains.

Today, there is a military radio station for naval communication, U.S. Naval Radio Transmitter Facility (NRTF) Niscemi. Its tallest antenna is a guyed mast, 252 metres (827 ft) high, situated at 37°7'32"N 14°26'11"E.


  1. ^ Istat Data - Population of Niscemi until December 30, 2013


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 978-0-912799-02-5

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