Castellammare del Golfo

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Castellammare del Golfo
Comune di Castellammare del Golfo
Castellammare del Golfo is located in Italy
Castellammare del Golfo
Castellammare del Golfo
Location of Castellammare del Golfo in Italy
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Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Trapani (TP)
Frazioni Balata di Baida, Scopello, Guidaloca, Fraginesi, Lu Baruni
 • Mayor Nicolò Coppola
 • Total 127 km2 (49 sq mi)
Elevation 26 m (85 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 14,908
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castellammaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 91014
Balata di Baida: 91010
Dialing code 0924
Patron saint Maria SS. del Soccorso
Saint day August 21
Website Official website

Castellammare del Golfo (Sicilian: Casteddammari; Latin: Emporium Segestanorum / Emporium Aegestensium) is a town and comune in the Trapani Province of Sicily. The name is roughly translated "Sea-Fortress (castle [on the] sea) of the Gulf", deriving from the medieval fortress in the harbor. The body of water it sits upon also takes its name from the fortress, Golfo di Castellammare.

In ancient times, Castellammare was the harbor of Segesta, one of the main towns of the Elymian people.

The castle close to the sea

Fishing has been important in Castellammare del Golfo dating back to ancient times. Today the town's economy continues to be based on fishing with the addition of tourism.

The small town is noted, however, for having been the birthplace of many American Mafia figures, including Salvatore Maranzano, Stefano Magaddino, Vito Bonventre, John Tartamella and Joseph Bonanno.

From this name comes also the Castellamarese war, fought by Joe Masseria clan against Salvatore Maranzano clan for the leadership of the Italian Mafia in New York City. However, in the past 20 years Castellammare del Golfo has become an important tourist location as it is conveniently situated in between Palermo and Trapani.

The city itself was founded by the Arabs and its original name was "Al Madarig" (city of steps). In fact from its beautiful marina/port, abounding in restaurants and bars, which is named Cala Marina one goes up either winding steps or long staircases or streets that lead to Piazza Petrolo with its magnificent views or towards the Villa Comunale (main central gardens) where the city center lies with many shops, cafes and restaurants.

Places to visit nearby are Segesta (the only Greek Temple in the world still standing although the roof was never constructed) and its amphitheater where performances are still held.

Trapani about 35 km to the west;

Palermo about 30 km to the east;

Scopello with its tonnara (tuna fishery) to the west.

San Vito Lo Capo to the west.

Beaches such as Guidaloca and Mazza di Sciacca to the west.

La Riserva dello Zingaro also to the west with its bay beaches only accessible on foot or boat.

Erice, a historic village, located 750 metres (2,460 ft) above sea level.

From Castellammare del Golfo one can take a boat trip (mini crociera) departing from Cala Marina to the Egadi Islands situated in front of Trapani.

To the east, the gulf of Castellammare has a stretch of 30 kilometres (19 mi) of white sandy beaches.

Castellammare del Golfo has also been a location for various films, the following are the names of a few of them:

1. For the Love of Mariastella (1946)

2. Ocean's Twelve

3. Avenging Angelo

4. My name is Tanino

5. Cefalonia (TV series)

6. Inspector Montalbano, episode "The Sense of Touch"

7. Largo Winch

8. Leaves of the tree


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