Those suffering from Stendhal’s syndrome tend to feel upset when exposed to works of art of extraordinary beauty. If archaeology sported its own version of the syndrome, visitors to Calatafimi Segesta would surely suffer from it. The spectacle of the Segesta Archaeological Park with its Doric-style temple and theatre, partially excavated in the rock, is simply unrivalled. But historical events also transpired here in more recent times: in 1860, indeed, Garibaldi’s and Bourbon’s troops fought a famous battle on these grounds. The Ossuary of Pianto Romano, a Garibaldi monument holding the remains of the fighters of Calatafimi battle in 1860, is undoubtedly a major highlight.
The town is also a beautiful centre with ancient and intricate medieval streets, courtyards and stone stairways. From there, you can enjoy the lush surrounding nature including the town’s natural oasis: the Angimbè wood.
The ancient castle of Eufemio, built on the hill to the west of the town, still stands as the town’s ever-vigilant protector. While only a few walls remain of its past splendour, it still exudes the most mysterious charm.
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