ATTRACTIONS

RISERVA DELLO ZINGARO

The Zingaro Reserve is one of the most admired natural gems in Sicily. There, you can experience the sea as it was centuries ago, if not millennia; the work of man lacks almost entirely, except for some rural houses. There is not one coastal road, there are no cars, no noise except the one coming from wind and waves. The preserve was established because of the document signed by thousands of citizens that have prevented the construction of a street connecting directly Scopello to San Vito Lo Capo. Thanks to them, there is only a “face to face” between man and the genista, the olive, holm oak, between the walker and the curious eyes of a fox or a seagull that met by chance on their path.

BAGLIO DI SCOPELLO

The Baglio di Scopello is a construction of Arabic origin dating back to the seventeenth century. Point of reference and centre of a small community, it rises in the district of Scopello, a hamlet of Castellammare del Golfo. The medieval village develops around a quadrilateral structure and a common courtyard that acts as a shield for the few houses present. The village still preserves a rural aspect and is a place not to be missed in the province of Trapani. Nearby, among the main attractions is the Zingaro Reserve, a wonderful stretch of coast characterized by white pebble beaches.Baglio di Scopello a village in the province of Trapani, Sicily
Stone paved and a precious drinking trough. From here begins the visit to the Baglio di Scopello, a site of great scenic and historical value.Set on a cliff, it looks like a living crib, a corner caressed by a few souls, where time seems to have stopped.It is an authentic place, where you can meet the hollowed out faces of the local people and the flavours of Sicilian gastronomy. Inside it are developed simple activities related to the catering sector, tourist reception and crafts.A huge arch marks the entrance threshold of the Baglio Isonzo and opens the doors to the presence of a centuries-old oak tree, witness of past civilizations. One breathes a golden atmosphere, of deep tranquillity, which screens the intrigued glances of travellers.

CARINI CASTLE

the manor became famous as the scene of a tragic event: on 4 December 1563 woman Laura Lanza di Trabia Baroness of Carini, wife of Don Vincenzo La Grua-Talamanca, was killed by her father for reasons of honour together with her alleged lover Ludovico Vernagallo. The deaths of the two are recorded in the historical archive of the mother church of Carini. The bitter case of Signora di Carini was not immediately public knowledge, the power of the families involved immediately silenced the diarists of the time, who only reported the date and the news of Signora di Carini's death. Don Cesare Lanza di Trabia was acquitted under the law in force and the following year he was awarded the title of Count of Mussomeli. The story was dealt with in the mid-nineteenth century by the scholar Salvatore Salomone Marino who was able to reconstruct, thanks to what he learned from the people through various "cunti" handed down over the centuries by storytellers, the story of Laura and her beloved Ludovico. Legend has it that on the anniversary of the crime, the imprint of the bloody hand left by the murdered Baroness would appear on a wall in the room where Laura was killed.

ERICE

A site of unforgettable beauty characterizes Erice, an ancient Phoenician and Greek city, perched at a height of 751 m on the mountain of the same name, crowned by a triangular plateau with a terrace overlooking the sea. Defended by ramparts and walls, the city is a labyrinth of cobbled streets and passages so narrow as to allow the passage of a single man. The houses, closed to each other, have pretty and well-kept internal courtyards, defended and protected from the sight of passers-by so that family life takes place in complete intimacy.

CARBURANGELI CAVE

The nature reserve "Grotta di Carburangeli", falling within the municipal territory of Carini (PA), was established for the protection and enhancement of a site of considerable speleological, paleontological and biological interest. The Cave is also of archaeological interest, as evidenced by the discovery of interesting finds in the first cavity and in the area in front of it. Excavations carried out between the mid 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s by various paleontologists have brought to light important remains of the Quaternary fossil fauna and objects of the human lithic industry dating back to the Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods, now preserved in the "Gemmellaro" Museum in Palermo.The territory of the Reserve has been divided into two different areas according to the environmental characteristics and the different management objectives: zone A includes the entire underground development of the cave and an external portion around the entrances to the hypogeum; zone B and zone B1, covering a total of 4.83 hectares, include the cave's feeding basin and the area in front of the entrances to the hypogeum, and constitute a "buffer" zone between the protected cavity and the area outside the reserve.

 

GUIDALOCA BEACH

 

Beautiful bay with white pebble beach near the village of Scopello. Scopello is a small but charming seaside village, it is the southern gateway to the Zingaro Nature Reserve. The town is organized around the central square, Piazza Nettuno, near which there is the famous farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century.

MOTYA ISLAND AND SALINA

Motya  was an ancient and powerful city on San Pantaleo Island off the west coast of  Sicily, in the  Stagnone Lagoon  between  Drepanum  (modern  Trapani) and  Lilybaeum  (modern  Marsala). It is within the present-day  commune  of  Marsala,  Italy. The remarkable and exquisite marble  Motya Charioteer,  found in 1979, is world famous and is on display at the local Giuseppe Whitaker museum. Surrounded by the shallow waters of the Stagnone di Marsala lagoon is the small and enchanting island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony, and today a place rich not only in history and culture, but also in fine natural beauty. A place to visit, even if not within reach of all budgets. To reach Mozia it is necessary to take a ferry whose ticket costs € 5,00 per person. Once on the island you need to pay another entrance ticket, worth € 9.00 (a figure that is not always reported). Fortunately, once you set foot on the island, you are largely rewarded by the extraordinary beauty of the place.