is a town of just over 8,000 located in the Trapani province, in
a hilly, and mainly, farming area.
began life in the Arab epoch growing around a Byzantine fortification
known as Kalt-al-Fimi, standing for Eufemio’s Castle. In the
14th century it was under the rule of the Aragon souvereigns who
restructured the ancient castle and built the defensive walls. Successively,
it was part of the feudal dominions of the Counts of Modica, under
whom it saw a considerable demographic and urban growth –
continued in the following centuries – marked by the construction
of new quarters and the settlement in town of various Ordini Mendicanti.
area was the scene of an important historical event, 1860’s
Garibaldi troops’ victory over the Bourbons, now commemorated
by the Monumento-Ossario in the Colle Pianto Romano.
to the area’s high fertile grounds, agriculture is here still
the leading industry. The Museo Etnoantropologico pays homage to
the field through beautifully detailed reconstructions of rural
homes and artisan’s workshops that provide a fascinating overview
of the rural daily life.
town’s Chiesa Madre, dedicated to San Silvestro, was erected
in the 12th century and subsequently enlarged. Its interior is divided
into three naves and is ornamented with various works of art among
which a marble polyptych representing the Madonna and Child with
Saints stands out; several shallow-reliefs complete the work with
scenes of the Passion and the Resurrection. A mention goes to the
Chiesa of San Michele with a fine 1500’s holy-water font and
a 1400’s wooden Crucifix; Santa Caterina, laid out on an elliptical
plan with a single nave, preserving a fine tryptich dedicated to
the Madonna and Saints; the Santissimo Crocifisso with lovely frescoes
and stuccoes by Mercurio and Norrito.
five years, in the beginning of May, a procession dedicated to the
Holy Crucifix takes place. This event goes as back as 1728, when
the city craftsmen disobeyed orders of Vice-King Caracciolo by refusing
to bear arms and organizing themselves into confraternites and associations.
Supported by the clergy they would continue to practice their own
customs. During the celebration, the craftsmen in their elegant
old-fashion clothes process with the gun on shoulder. The several
corporations may be distinguished by their floats, notably the Massari
(farmers) process on a float decorated with bread.
Campobello Di Mazara
Castellammare Del Golfo
Mazara Del Vallo
San Vito Lo Capo
Saline Dello Stagnone
Isola Di Formica
Cave Di Cusa
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