Scoglitti

Scoglitti (Sicilian: Scugghitti) is a southern Italian fishing village and hamlet (frazione) of Vittoria, a municipality in the Province of Ragusa, Sicily. In 2011 it had a population of 4,175.[1]

Scoglitti
Sunset in Scoglitti
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Location of Scoglitti in Italy
Coordinates: 36°53′00″N 14°26′00″E
Country Italy
Region Sicily
ProvinceRagusa (RG)
ComuneVittoria
Elevation
20 m (70 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
  Total4,175
Demonym(s)Scoglittesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
97019
Dialing code(+39) 0932

History

Scoglitti found a niche in history after being selected by the Allies as the site for an amphibious invasion of Sicily made by the US 45th Infantry Division during World War II.

When the invasion went ahead on July 10, 1943, rough seas disorganized the attacking boat waves, and the soft sand was an impediment to movement. However, the location was poorly defended and the Allies were able to consolidate their position in a day or two and move further inland.

Geography

Scoglitti is a seaside village by the Mediterranean Coast. It is 14 km from Vittoria and Santa Croce Camerina, 20 from Marina di Ragusa, 22 from Comiso, 30 from Gela and 30 from Ragusa.

Economy

In addition to its fishing industry, the village derives a substantial part of its income from tourism.

Events

The village hosts a daily fishing auction, and annual events such as the Festival of St Francesco, and the procession of the Virgine di Portosalvo.

References

  • Scoglitti, Ragusa.net website.
  • Mitcham, Samuel M. and Stauffenberg, Friedrich von (2007): The Battle of Sicily: How the Allies Lost Their Chance, Stackpole Books, ISBN 0-8117-3403-X (Extract).

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