The province of Agrigento



A panoramic view of Camastra
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Camastra (Zip Code 92020) is 36 Km. distant from Agrigento, the province it belongs to, 49 Km. from Caltanissetta, 175 Km. from Catania, 90 Km. from Enna, 271 Km. from Messina, 175 Km. from Palermo, 121 Km. from Ragusa, 202 Km. from Siracusa, 209 Km. from Trapani.

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The mother church

The municipality counts 2.548 inhabitants, its surface measures 1.627 hectares, and its population density is of 157 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on an internal hilly area, 322 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in corso Vittorio Veneto, tel. ++39 0922 950492 fax. ++39 0922 950680. E-mail address is:

A pretty agricultural center, Camastra stands out for its production of cereals, almonds, and grapes. Sheep farms lead the breeding activity. Typical are the numerous wrought iron hand made objects.

The name Camastra derives from the Byzantine Greek term Kremastra, that means "chain" and refers to the iron chain used to support the paiolo (big copper pot) over the chimney fire.

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Folklore during the festivity of Saint Biagio

The suburb was founded by Lord Giacomo Lucchesi, with the Arab name Ramùlia, in other word "sandy". Afterwards, it became seat and feud of the Lanza Princes from Trabia, who owned it until 1812, when the feudal regime was abolished.

Relevant throughout the entire territory are the various archeological areas, especially Castellazzo di Camastra where numerous pre-historical constructions have been discovered.

It is important to remember that in Camastra, an association for the safeguard of workers' rights called the "Federazione siciliana dei lavoratori della terra" (Sicilian workers' federation), was founded in 1912.

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