Capo d'Orlando is a comune
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in the province of Messina
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and is considered the capital of comprensorio dei Nebrodi. Well-known as a vivacious, active, touristic and commercial center, Capo d'Orlando is also the birthplace of the poet Lucio Piccolo
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, cousin of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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(see. "Il Gattopardo"). Capo d'Orlando take place artistic's activities (municipal's picture-gallery, the museum
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"Villa Piccolo"), enjoyments (cinema
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, theater, blues club).
It is home of top division basketball team
Serie A (basketball)
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The center is nowadays well-known for the summer's seaside related activity, because of the beautiful coastline, offering a wonderful view of the aeolian islands at the horizon right in front, and stunning dawns at evening. Tourism is one of the main resources for the town's local economy. Capo d'Orlando's economy is also based for his remarkable role in the area, for the massive presence of credit and investment banks, commercial activities,some important factories located nearby as "porte imic" (wooden and metal doors manufacturing), "irritec" and "siplast" (irrigation sistems), and the industry related to the exploiting of the extensive presence of oranges of lemons fields all around.
The town shows the typical structure of a new-born mediterranean dwelling, as it's been urbanized properly during the last 40 years, having been in the past just a tiny fisherman's village of bare self-sussistance based living, for there wasn't a real settlement during all the time along the centuries after the destruction and related kidnapping and deportation of the former population of Agathyrnum operated by the Roman republican army, so that it's effectively reborn around 1920 after centuries of effective unexistence when it was moved to the status of Comune(council), while before it was just a part of the territory of Naso (the upper-located hill's town), and the railway station was made, under the fascist "ventennio" (short history). During the 20th century his population amount, influence and touristic development was quickly improved taking Capo d'Orlando to a status of "excellence" in the sicilan frame that it's actually broadly recognized. The town, regardless of its size, is averagely very busy, representing a collector for the entire surrounding area.
The town diplays also a small port for fishing and touristic boats which offers some minor transports to/from the Aeolian islands during the summer's season and around 14 km of awesome beaches, rocky shores facing the deep blue tyrraenian sea making him an ideal summer spot. The position of Capo d'Orlando is also peculiar because if the town just faces the sea, is so close as well (less than 20 km far) to the mount Nebrodi's regional environmental park, a large extension of temperate woods, where is possible to walk through lakes, rivers, falls and tiny historical villages where everyone can enjoy the best of traditional sicilian food and wines.