|Comune di Caltavuturo|
Location of Caltavuturo in Italy
|Coordinates: 37°49′N 13°53′E / 37.817°N 13.883°ECoordinates: 37°49′N 13°53′E / 37.817°N 13.883°E|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Palermo (PA)|
|• Mayor||Domenico Giannopolo (since 14 June 2004)|
|• Total||97.2 km2 (37.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||635 m (2,083 ft)|
|• Density||46/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Maria Santissima del Soccorso|
According to many scholars, the name and origin of the town are traced back to Arab rule (the name derives from the Arabic word Qal'at Abi l-Thawr, "fortress of Abu Thawr"), named after a Muslim leader who controlled the area. Others instead maintain that the name derives from the Arabic word "qal'at" (fortress) and the Sicilian "vuturu" (vulture) meaning of "fortress of vultures."
The town was the site of the so-called Caltavuturo massacre on 20 January 1893, when local authorities killed 13 and wounded 21 peasants that had occupied communal land that they claimed was theirs.
- (Italian) L’eccidio di «San Sebastiano», La Sicilia, 8 February 2009