Sutera is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Caltanissetta in the Italian region Sicily, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) west of Caltanissetta. The area is dominated by a large monolithic rock termed "The Mountain of San Paolino". Upon this mountain sits the bones of the patron Saints of the town, San Paolino and San Onofrio. On the Feast of San Onofrio, almost all those in the town walk to the top of the mountain, as a pilgrimage to the saints.
|Comune di Sutera|
Location of Sutera in Italy
|Coordinates: 37°32′N 13°44′E|
|Province||Province of Caltanissetta (CL)|
|• Mayor||Giuseppe Grizzanti|
|• Total||35.5 km2 (13.7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||590 m (1,940 ft)|
|• Density||46/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||Maria Madre di Carmine, St. Paolino and St. Onofrio|
|Saint day||St. Paolino first Tuesday after Easter. St. Onofrio First Sunday of August|
Sutera holds the award of "bandiere arancioni" from the touring club Italiano. Sutera is currently the only place in Sicily to hold this accolade, which is awarded to touristic areas of excellence. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,649 and an area of 35.5 square kilometres (13.7 sq mi).
Recently, the population has had a decrease because of the lack of work in the area. Youngsters had moved away leaving Sutera with mainly elder citizens. However, in the last few years the town has been transformed by the influx of asylum seekers which has saved the local school and boosted the local economy.
People linked to Sutera
- "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.