Situated in the middle of the Province of Trapani, Salemi is a town with an Arabic-Norman urban structure. Conquered by the Romans, it suffered plundering and looting by Verre who was the propraetor in Sicily accused by Cicero, who mentions the town in his famous orations. Later it was conquered by the Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Carolingians. All these phases have left examples of historic monuments in the town that are still evident today.
It is also worth noting the role it played in the unification of Italy: on the 14th May 1860, Garibaldi went out onto the town hall’s balcony and pronounced the first edict of a united Italy under Vittorio Emanuele II, and proclaimed Salemi as the first capital of Italy. With the earthquake of 1968, its historic centre suffered considerable damage and some churches were destroyed, such as the 15th century Chiesa Madre that overlooked Piazza Alicia.
Local government offices: 1, Piazza Dittatura, 91018 Salemi (TP)
Telephone switchboard: 0924 991111
Local police: 0924 991331