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Menfi

Menfi is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Agrigento in the Italian region Sicily, located about 70 km southwest of Palermo and about 60 km northwest of Agrigento.

The town lies some 3 km from the south coast of Sicily, between the rivers Belice and Carboj. In 1910, a full third of the population of the town of Menfi had emigrated to the United States.

Main sights

  • A tower (Torre Federiciana), which is the remains of a medieval castle built by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen in 1238, perhaps over an Arab fortification.
  • Chiesa Madre ("Mother Church"), built in the 18th century but destroyed by an earthquake in 1968. It was later rebuilt.
  • Church of St. Joseph (1715).

    The remains of an Iron Age prehistoric settlement were found in the 1980s outside of the town.

    Twin towns

  • Canelli, Italy, since 1997
  • Chivilcoy, Argentina, since 1999
  • Ettlingen, Germany, since 2004