Alcamo, Province of Trapani, Sicily, Italy
Alcamo is the second largest city in the province of Trapani, situated in north-western Sicily, on a crest below Mount Bonifato, in the hinterland of the Castellamare Gulf.
It was founded in 828 by the Muslim commander al-Kamuk (after whom it is named). Though its name goes back to the time of the Arab occupation, the medieval center rose later in the 14th century; it was the hometown of the earliest poet in the Italian language, Cielo d'Alcamo.
Altitude: 256 m a.s.l -- Population: ca. 42,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 91011 -- Phone Area Code: 0924 -- Frazioni & Località: Alcamo Marina
What to see
- Church of San Francesco, of the 17th century, hosting two statues of St Mark and Mary Magdalene, made in 1520 by Antonello Gagini
- Church of San Tommaso, built in the 15th century, with a fine Gothic portal
- Church of Sant'Oliva, built in 1723 on a previous church, hosting beautiful works of art such as frescoes by Gugliemo Borremans dated 1737 in the dome and apse.
- The Castle of the Modica Counts, built in the 14th century with towers at the corner.
- Palm Sunday, holy representation of the Passion along the alleys of the medieval center.
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