Mallory Echols
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View of Calatafimi Segesta from Eufemio Castle

First, a bit of background about this cute little town where I ended up in Western Sicily: Calatafimi Segesta, formerly known simply as Calatafimi, is a small town in western Sicily. The addition of Segesta to the name was a decision to draw attention to the nearby ancient Greek Segesta Temple. Just up the hill from the temple, there are also archaeological excavations and an outdoor theater where they organize different performances at sunset and sometimes also at sunrise during the summer.

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You’ll find these cute signs all around
town. This one was at Eufemio Castle.
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My first visit to Segesta Temple
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A summer evening performance of The Trojan Women at the theater on the mountain overlooking the Segesta Temple

Sicily is divided into nine provinces; Calatafimi belongs to the the western-most province on the island: Trapani. Trapani is also the name of the province’s capital city, whose historic port is used for both fishing and transportation. Other points of interest in the area include Calatafimi’s own Eufemio Castle, the nearby obelisk Pianto Romano, the Segesta hot springs, the beach town Castellamare del Golfo, the Zingaro Nature Reserve, Trapani’s salt pools, the famous wine-producing town Marsala, just to name a few…

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Salt pools in Trapani
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I took this picture near Marsala and promise it is not photo-shopped!

I happened upon Calatafimi at the beginning of last year while on a break from work. It wasn’t really in my plans to end up here, but luckily for me, the original agenda was a complete disaster, and I had to search quickly for an alternative. Three buses and 6 hours later, I found myself on the west side of the island, and much like my many other travel mishaps, this turned out to be just what I was looking for: a place to be quiet, work in nature, and reflect on life.

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