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Calatafimi (Trapani Province) is 35 km from Trapani, alt. 338 m, on a ridge between two hills in the basin of the River Freddo, area 154.8 sq km, pop. 7,514, post-code 91013, tel. 0924. Now known as Calatafimi-Segesta. Economy: Agriculture (citrus fruit, wheat, olive oil, grapes); chalk and stone quarries; thermal waters.

The town developed around the Byzantine stronghold of Castrum Phimes, which under the Arabs became Kalat-al-Fimi. It always played a very important strategic role. A city of the royal domain until 1336, it then became a fief of the Counts of Modica, of the Speciales and the Aiutamicristos.

Calatafimi was badly damaged by the earthquake in 1968.

Of interest: On the 15 May 1860, the first and decisive battle was fought between Garibaldi's army and the Bourbon troups on the Pianto di Romano.

Churches (Trapani Diocese) include the following:
S. Silvestro Papa (Chiesa Madre, 16th century, historic)
Chiesa del Crocifisso (designed in the 18th century; Amico, historic)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina (historic)
Chiesa di San Michele (late16th century, historic)

Families researched in these records include the following:
Lo Bello

Links to other sites about Calatafimi include:
Calatafimi Photos
Sicilian Net
Sicily Web
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily, Part 1 and Part 2 is now available on 2 CDs. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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