The town of Cefala Diana is situated in north-western Sicily, south-east of Palermo.
The town has always had a focus on agriculture but recently, thanks to a better appreciation of its artistic and architectural heritage, Cefalà Diana has become an attractive tourist destination. It is set in a landscape of considerable charm which is now part of the "Natural Reserve of Cefalà Diana", created in 1997.
The "Arab Baths" and "The Castle" are the two main highlights in Cefalà Diana, although both are surrounded by much confusion about their real origins - in particular it seems likely that the 'Arab baths' were constructed in the 12th-14th centuries, not during the Arab period and not, as is also sometimes suggested, with origins in the Roman period.
In the words of Michele Amari, one of the greatest scholars of the Arab-Sicily period who despaired of reaching a solution about the dating of the Cefalà Diana Baths: "We cannot hope for now, or for ever, to arrive at the origin of this monument" (M. Amari, “Storia dei Musulmani di Sicilia”).