Castellammare del Golfo is
a tourist town of 14.000 inhabitants on the northern coast of
Sicily. Its name is roughly translated “Sea Fortress of the Gulf”
and is so named because of the Medieval Fortress in the harbor.
Castellammare lies in the centre of a natural and cultural area of
great interest.In ancient times, Castellammare had been the harbor
of Segesta, one of the main towns of the Elymian people.
decline of Roman Empire, the area came under series of foreign
control. TheArabs turned
the town into a large fortress, with an actual castle and introduced
the use of the ‘tuna fishing
net’ and the ‘caricatore’
a dock used to load the cargo boats. Normans andSvevis
– between 1071 and
1282 – had
fortified the town with the enlargement of the fortress on the sea;
so the town begun to be called “Castle on the Sea”. After, Aragons gave
the town a definitive layout (settlement-arrangement). It is during
this period that the town became an important commercial port tied
to the wheat export.
Castellammare del Golfo nowadays is a commercial sea port and its
economy is based on fishing with the addition of tourism. Thanks to
a rich heritage, natural beauty of its coast, and its hinterland,
Castellammare is an important centre of tourism that has much to