Menfi

Menfi is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Agrigento in the Italian region Sicily, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southwest of Palermo and about 60 kilometres (37 mi) northwest of Agrigento.

Menfi
Comune di Menfi
The entrance gate to Menfi

Coat of arms
Location of Menfi
Menfi
Location of Menfi in Italy
Menfi
Menfi (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°36′N 12°58′E
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
ProvinceAgrigento (AG)
FrazioniPorto Palo, Lido Fiori, Capparrina, Bertolino di Mare
Government
  MayorMarilena Mauceri
Area
  Total113.58 km2 (43.85 sq mi)
Elevation
109 m (358 ft)
Population
 (31 October 2017)[2]
  Total12,472
  Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Menfitani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
92013
Dialing code0925
Patron saintSt. Anthony
Saint day13 June
WebsiteOfficial website

The town lies some 3 kilometres (2 mi) 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.[3]

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

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