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In the following centuries the town was at the center of bloody feuds between rival baronial families (the Luna, of Aragonese origin, and the Perollo, of Norman stock), which nearly halved its population.In 1647 the impoverished town was the seat of an anti-Spanish rebellion.During World War II the Italian Regia Aeronautica (Royal Air Force) had a base near Sciacca.
by the Greeks, as its name imports, as a thermal spa for Selinunte, whose citizens came there to bathe in the sulphurous springs of Mount San Calogero, which rises up behind the town.
Nor even under the Romans did the place attain to anything like the same importance with the northern Thermae; and there is little doubt that Pliny is mistaken in assigning the rank of a colonia to the southern instead of the northern town of the name.
Strabo mentions the waters ( The origins of the town's name have been much debated, with latin "ex acqua",as a reference to the springs of thermal water of the area, or arabic "Syac",meaning bath, and al Saqquah, dating back to the cult of the Syrian god "Shai al Quaaum", as possibilities.
The city walls, the bastions and the Old Castle owe their existence to Roger the Great Count.
A royal city which had remained faithful to Manfred of Sicily during the Angevine invasion, by 1268 A. it was besieged by Charles I of Anjou and surrendered the following year.
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After the Sicilian Vespers, it established itself as a free commune.