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Castellammare del Golfo (Trapani Province) is 40 km from Trapani, alt. 26 m., on the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the Gulf of Castellammare del Golfo, area 127.2 sq. km. Its population is just over 13,800, post-code 91014, tel. 0924. Economy: agriculture, furniture-making, rope and cord industry, marble working, fishing, tourism.
In pre-Hellenic days, it was the chief port of the Elymian cities of Erice and Segesta. The Arabs, probably, built the castle in the Middle Ages. After the invention of the tunny-fishery and the wheat-loader, the town began to play an important economic and strategic role. The greatest phase of development was after 1560 when Pietro de Luna obtained the licentia populandi.
Of special interest is the Castle from the Islamic period. It was altered by the Norman and the Swabians, and later destroyed and rebuilt by the Aragonese in the 14th century, which is the period its present general aspect dates from.
Churches (Trapani Diocese) include the following:
Maria SS. del Soccorso (Chiesa Madre, 16th century)
Maria SS. Addolorata
S. Antonio di Padova
S. Paolo Della Croce
S. Famiglia (Balata di Baida - suburb of Castellammare del Golfo)
Maria SS. delle Grazie (Scopello - suburb of Castellammare del Golfo)
Families researched in those records include the following:
Links to other sites about Castellammare Del Golfo include:
Castellammare del Golfo Photos
Italian Postal Codes
My latest book on CD is titled Sicily, Part 1 and Part 2 is now available on 2 CDs. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.
© Kathy Kirkpatrick 2002-2011
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