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Alcamo

Alcamo
 

Alcamo (Zip Code 91011) is 126 km. distant from Agrigento, 196 km. from Caltanissetta, 303 km. from Catania, 215 km. from Enna, 313 km. from Messina, 54 km. from Palermo, 262 km. from Ragusa, 343 km. from Siracusa, 53 km. from Trapani, which province it belongs to.

Copyright © Affinità Elettive Piazza Ciullo D'Alcamo

The municipality has 43.367 inhabitants and its area measures 13.077 hectares; its population density is of 332 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Alcamo rises on a hilly area 256 metres above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in piazza Ciullo n. 1, tel. ++39 0924-590001 fax. ++39 0924-590293.

E-mail address is: urp@comune.alcamo.tp.it.

Alcamo is an important agricultural and industrial centre and rises at the foot of the Mount Bonifato. It is one of the biggest Sicilian centre for the wine-trade.

Copyright © Affinità Elettive The Cathedral Church

In its agricultural products are present olives, corn, cereals, melons, table and wine grapes. Cattle and sheep breedings are present too.

The name of Alcamo is of Arabic origin, Manzil Alqamah, (Alqamah is the name of a very poisonous water-melon, Manzil means hamet-station.)

The town rose in the XII century along the trade way that from Palermo lead to the coast.

The development of the town, between the XV and the XVII centuries, is due to the settlement of numerous religious groups which drive the expansion beyond the town-walls.

Alcamo belonged to the Earls of Modica till the beginning of the XIX century.

In the monumental field the Castle of the Earls of Modica stands out. It was built in the XIV century, on a rhomboidal plan, with four towers; two are quadrangular, two are cylindrical.

Copyright © Affinità Elettive The castle

Still now it is possible to find in the northern part the mullioned window in the Gothic style.

Inside the Cathedral Church there are important works of art like those made by Gagini and Serpotta and like the frescos by G. Borremans.

It is possible to find remains of a thermal building of the XIV century, the fontanazza, on the next Mount Bonifato.

Among the eminent people there is Cielo D'Alcamo, an important poet of the Vulgar Literature (half of 1200) author of the best known Rosa Fresca Aulentissima.

The town of Alcamo has dedicated a square to him.