The province of Trapani
Castelvetrano (Zip Code 91022) is 111 Km. distant from Agrigento, 181 Km. from Caltanissetta, 303 Km. from Catania, 222 Km. from Enna, 355 Km. from Messina, 96 Km. from Palermo, 247 Km. from Ragusa, 328 Km. from Siracusa, 58 Km. from Trapani, which province it belongs to.
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The municipality has 30.272 inhabitants and its area is 20.707 hectares; its population density is of 146 inhabitants per square kilometre. Castelvetrano rises on a hilly area, 190 metres above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is placed in piazza Umberto n. 1, tel. ++39 0924-909111 fax. ++39 0924-49005688, toll free number 800011797 (only for italian residence). E-mail address is: email@example.com.
Castelvetrano is a big agricultural center, oil and grapes cultivations are its specialities; it has an expanded wine industry and a traditional handicraft in working pieces of furniture.
The town derives its name from medieval Latin Castellum Veteranum (The veterans' Castle). It rose in a place in which there were some pre-existent settlings down. Castelvetrano's hamlet dates back to the Arabian period.
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At first the feud spread between the XIII and XV centuries thanks to the Tagliavia, in 1564 it became a principality till the XVII century during which it reached its peack of growth and it became of the Pignatelli family.
Many churches are important from an artistic point of view, among them there are the Church of the SS. Trinità, a Norman building of the XII century; the Church of St. Domenico of the XV century and finally the Church of St.Giovanni Battista of the XVI century.
Not far from Castelvetrano it is possible to visit the archaeological remains of Selinunte (from Greek Selinon, (wild parsley); They are places of particular and evocative beauty, where two different civilizations meet, the Punic's and the Greek's.
We find Phoenician remains such as the tophet, place where the children killed in honour of the god Moloch were buried; and Greek remains, such as the gigantic columns, among which there is the well-known il fuso della vecchia that has a such long circumference which is hardy for eight persons to be able to surround it.