Licata and battle of Capo Ecnomo


In the sea adjacent to Licata one of the greatest naval battles of antiquity was fought and a legend is linked to it.
The battle known as the "Battle of Capo Ecnomo" was fought in 256 BC, in the First Punic War and saw Romans and Carthaginians opposing each other.
According to legend, on the occasion of this battle, the Roman consul Attilio Regolo arrived in Licata, sent to deal with the Carthaginians. He was taken prisoner and was thrown from Mount Ecnomo, the current Mount Sant’Angelo, inside a barrel full of nails. The barrel ended its run in what is today Piazza Attilio Regolo di Licata.

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