The city gets its name from Qal’at Fimi, which means Eufemio’s Rock in Arabic. Eufemio was an officer under the Byzantines who, it is believed, facilitated the Arabs’ entry into Sicily. Other sources identify Calatafimi with either Acesta, the coeval city of Segesta, or with Castrum Phimes, a noble and distinguished farmer with lands in the Segesta area and who was mentioned by Cicero. The medieval town of Calatafimi, with its Eufemio castle and lavish churches, is characterised by its alleys and narrow streets that have obvious Islamic roots.
Local government offices: 1, Piazza Cangemi, 91013 Calatafimi Segesta (TP)
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