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Comune di Racalmuto
Leonardo Sciascia's dedication to Racalmuto.
Leonardo Sciascia's dedication to Racalmuto.
Coat of arms of Racalmuto
Coat of arms
Racalmuto is located in Italy
Location of Racalmuto in Italy
Coordinates: 37°24′N 13°44′E / 37.400°N 13.733°E / 37.400; 13.733
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Agrigento (AG)
 • Mayor Emilio Messana
 • Total 68.3 km2 (26.4 sq mi)
Elevation 455 m (1,493 ft)
Population (31 December 2011[1])
 • Total 8,833
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Racalmutesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 92020
Dialing code 0922
Website Official website

Racalmuto (Sicilian: Racalmutu, from the Arabic "rahal-maut", "village in ruins") is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Agrigento in the Italian Autonomous Region of Sicily, located about 90 kilometres (56 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) northeast of Agrigento.

Racalmuto is the setting of Angelo F. Coniglio's historical fiction novella The Lady of the Wheel.[2]

Racalmuto borders the following municipalities: Bompensiere, Canicattì, Castrofilippo, Favara, Grotte, Milena, Montedoro.

Notable people[edit]

Racalmuto was the birthplace and lifelong home of author Leonardo Sciascia (1921–89)


Twin towns[edit]

  • Canada Hamilton, Ontario, Canada[3]
    • a portion of Murray St. W. in Hamilton's Little Italy is known as Corso Racalmuto, after the Racalmutesi immigrants who populated the area[4]
  • Italy Finale Ligure, Italy


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Cipolla, Gaetano. "The Lady of the Wheel (La Ruotaia)". Legas. 
  3. ^ "Hamilton Ontario Sister Cities". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  4. ^ La Fratellanza Racalmutese festeggia 75 anni

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