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Sclafani Bagni (Palermo Province) is 80 km. from Palermo, alt. 813 m., in the central sector of the Madonie, on the summit of a steep rocky hill, area 135.05 sq. km., pop. over 600, post-code 90020, tel. 0921. Agricultural economy, thermal station.

According to tradition, a temple sacred to Aesculapius once stood here. A Norman castle, later fortified during the lordship of Matteo Sclafani in the first half of the 14th century, used to occupy the site. The village developed around the castle rock and remained in the possession of the Sclafani family until the end of the 18th century, maintaining its medieval structure. Its official name was Sclafani until 1953, when Bagni (Baths) was added, referring to the well-known sulphurous waters in the thermal station, built in 1851 downhill from the village.

Of interest are the ruins of the castle and the Little Castle, joined by a broad wall that is also the boundary wall of the village.

Churches (Cefalu Diocese) include the following:
Maria SS. Assunta (Chiesa Madre, 17th century)

Families researched in these records include the following:
lo Tempio

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

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