The province of Messina

Capo d'Orlando


Aerial view of Capo d'Orlando
Photo © Luigi Nifosì

Capo d'Orlando (Zip Code 98071) is 230 km. distant from Agrigento, 184 km. from Caltanissetta, 127 km. from Catania, 143 km. from Enna, 103 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 156 km. from Palermo, 231 km. from Ragusa, 185 km. from Siracusa, 255 km. from Trapani.

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A particular of the beach of capo D`Orlando

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The municipality has 12.487 inhabitants and an area of 1.456 hectares for a density of population of 858 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a coastal hilly area and is 9 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in via Vittorio Emanuele, tel. ++39 0941-901762 fax. ++39 0941-912459.

Main economical activities are agriculture, handicraft and fishing. The prevalaing cultures are citrus fruit, vegetables, olives and grapes. The typical craftmade procucts are wood, iron, marble and pottery works.

The name of the townis due to the well known paladin Roland of the Carolingian cycle. The early testimonies of the presence of a town nucleus date back to the XII B.C. century, and they according to the quotations of Diodorus, Pliny the Elder and Strabo who testify the existence of the ancient town of Agatiurnon then destroyed.

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The Church of Maria SS.

In 300 B.C. onather town called Naxida was founded by nasseni and it was destroyed too. The name Agatiurnon has referred to the near headland until the IX century when Charlemagne changed it into the present name.

It was ruled by different lords Guglielmo di Palermo in the XIV century, Guglielmo di Leo in the XV century, Guglielmo Crescimanno di Piazza Armerina in the XVIII century. It has belonged to Naso until 1925, when it became a self-governing commune.

The Santuario di Maria SS. di Capo d'Orlando built in 1598, the ruins of the fourteenth-century Castle and the Torre del Trappeto (Tower of oil-mill) of the XV century are the most important monuments of the town.

The Hellenist Valerio Milio, professor at the University of Messina and the poet Lucio Piccolo, famous for his "Canti barocchi" are the most famous characters from Capo d'Orlando.

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