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Licata (Italy)
Country Italy
region Sicily
Free community consortium Agrigento  (AG)
Local name Licata
Coordinates 37 ° 6 '  N , 13 ° 57'  E Coordinates: 37 ° 6 '30 "  N , 13 ° 56' 49"  E
height m slm
surface 178.91 km²
Residents 36,113 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density 202 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 92027
prefix 0922
ISTAT number 084021
Popular name Licatesi
Patron saint Sant'Angelo
Website Licata
View of Licata
View of Licata

Licata is a town in the municipality of Agrigento consortium outdoors in the region Sicily in Italy .

Location and dates

Licata is 47 kilometers southeast of Agrigento on the coast. 36,113 residents live here (as of December 31, 2019), who mainly work in agriculture and industry. There are also jobs in the service industry and in tourism.

Licata is on the Canicattì – Syracuse railway line . From the port of Licatas, an important export port in Sicily, there is a ship connection to Valletta on Malta .

The neighboring municipalities are Butera ( CL ), Camastra , Campobello di Licata , Naro , Palma di Montechiaro and Ravanusa .


The area of ​​the municipality was already settled in the Paleolithic . The Phoenicians drove here as early as 1000 BC. Chr. Trade. 280 BC BC Phintias of Akragas settled the inhabitants of the then destroyed city of Gela here and founded the city "Phintiades".

Under the Romans, a port was built in Licata, which made the city an important trading center and trading center for wheat. It was conquered by the Arabs in 827 and by the Normans in 1086 . The current name of the city goes back to the Greek Halykada , the "city built on salt" after the salty river Salso , which flows into the Mediterranean at Licata. The name appears for the first time in the 11th century as Lecatam in a document by Rogers I of Sicily . Another document from the same year mentions the city of Limpiadum .

Looted by Turkish pirates in 1553, Licata recovered and was expanded to the northwest. In 1943, American troops landed five kilometers west of Licata.


Although Licata is mainly an industrial and commercial city today, the city offers a few attractions.

In the town

Out of town

  • At the top of the Sant 'Angelo hill is a castle with a tower from the 17th century. Below the fort is the church of Santa Maria La Vetere.
  • The excavations on Sant 'Angelo hill can be visited, traces of settlements and graves have been found.
  • The Castello di Falconara is located between Gela and Licata directly on the coast, see Butera .

Town twinning

There are town partnerships with Reinheim , a town in the Hessian district of Darmstadt-Dieburg in Hesse , with Fürstenwalde / Spree , a town in the Brandenburg district of Oder-Spree , and with Cestas in France .

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Licata  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.
  2. ^ Luigi Milanesi: Dizionario Etimologico della Lingua Siciliana . Mnamon, Milan 2015, ISBN 978-88-6949-056-9 , pp. o. p . ( [accessed on March 31, 2020]).