Local attractions


BONAGIA
Bonagia is a small seaside resort just a few kilometres from Trapani characterized by tuna fishing nets dating back to the XVII century. Bonagia is famous for its fine fish-based dishes, and beautiful stretch of water. It also offers a small port with floating docks for pleasure craft.

SAN VITO LO CAPO
A seaside resort famous for its splendid beach which was also home to one of Sicily’s oldest tuna mattanzas. Its mild climate (May-October) favours long lasting holiday going climaxed by the Cous Cous Festival in September, a gastronomical competition where you can savour this celebrated Trapanese dish.

SCOPELLO and the ZINGARO Natural Reserve
Renowned touristic village, Scopello is famous for the Tuna Mattanza (today in disuse) and for its characteristic Faraglione (Stacks) situated at the margins of the Zingaro Natural Reserve: 7 km of rocky coast and clear blue sea, thick with Mediterranean vegetation and splendid coves and beaches.

The EGADI Islands
The archipelago is formed by the Island of Favignana, characterized by striking beaches and coves, the Island of Levanzo, with its wall graffiti in the Grotta dei Genovesi, and the Island of Marettimo, with its stupendous sea bottoms. The famous Tuna Mattanza (Killing) is celebrated from May to June.

ERICE
A medieval city situated on the mountain after which it is called. Formerly a religious centre of the Elymians, Phoenicians and Romans. The stone paved streets blend perfectly with beautiful monuments like the Matrice Church, the Bell Tower (XIV century) and the Medieval Castle (XII-XII centuries). Since 1963 Erice has also been the home of the ” Ettore Majorano ” Study Centre.

TRAPANI
An old Punic-Sicilian city which became an important commercial port with the Phoenicians (VIII century B.C.), as well as for the production of salt in salt basins called Saline, today considered a Natural Reserve. The precious coral works made by skilled craftsmen in the 1500s have made this city famous. The religious nature of the city culminates in the procession of Good Friday – Processione dei Misteri.

MOZIA
This tiny island just off the coast of Marsala (Stagnone Lagoon), founded in 800 B.C., was formerly the most important Phoenician colony of Sicily. In the 1800s the magnate Joseph Whitaker collected a number of archaeological finds now on display in the Whitaker Museum among which the famous “Motya Youth” “Giovane di Mozia”

MARSALA
Founded in 397 BC by the Phoenicians, the Arabs gave this city its name (Marsah el Ali). This city was made famous by the production of its celebrated wine Marsala diffused by the Woodhouse, Ingham and Florio families. The Lilibeo Archaeological Park established adjacent to the city, houses the renown Punic Ship and mosaics from Roman times.

SEGESTA
A sacred city founded by the Elymians, an ancient sicano-anatolic people. The city is famous for two splendid works of art: the doric Temple of Segesta (460 BC) overlooking the suggestive natural valley below, and the Greek Theatre (409 BC) which hosts the summer season of classical theatrical performances, again offering a splendid view of the Trapanese countryside.

SELINUNTE
Founded in VII BC by Doric colonists and its name was derived from the Greek word for wild celery, Selinon. The archaeological park is divided into three zones: the zone of the Eastern Temples, the Acropolis and the Sanctuary. The oldest part of the city is situated on the other side of the river Selino, while in Gaggera you can see the Sanctuary of the Melaphoras.

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