“Sky, earth and sea… and here’s the sun!” These three typical elements of one of the treasures of Sicily, which mix together to become a real paradise: San Vito Lo Capo. Indeed, this town is a pure, warm, coloured and Mediterranean oasis. The town lies between two natural reserves, the Natural Reserve of Zingaro and the Natural Reserve of Cofano, and it is characterized by the Arabian small white houses decorated by the flowering bougainvillea and jasmine. San Vito shows also a white beach with crystal clear sea, rich in corals, fishes and archeological discoveries, palms, and a striking lighthouse.
Other monuments are the Torrazzo, next to the port, the Arabian towers, the main Church called Santuario of Martyr San Vito and Santa Crescenzia Chapel. Also, the town is full of prehistoric caves with Paleolithic graffitis. The ancient Tonnara del Secco, now abandoned, is very suggestive with its typical tanks which date back to Roman Age. Handicrafts are also very important: the “curina”, which is turned into several kinds of bags and the wroughtiron, turned into different manufacts. It’s quiet easy in San Vito Lo Capo to fall in love with the local food: the cous cous with fish, the “busiate”, the “cassatelle”, fresh fish and the so called “caldo freddo” you can taste at several pubs, bars and restaurant in the main street or by the sea. The fascination of the town, its panoramas and its sunsets, together with the welcoming people that live in are a real postcard of an unforgettable holiday!
Trapani and Erice
Once you arrive in Trapani, leave your car at Piazza Vittorio and walk by the seaside. Then, you will reach Piazzetta della Pescheria, whose old porticos hosted the fish market on weekdays. You are in the heart of Trapani, and you will be amazed by the forefront of its palaces, all dating back to the XVI and XVII century, such as the Palazzo della Giudecca (early ‘500) or Chiesa di Santa Maria del Gesù (inside the church, you can behold a terracotta by Andrea Della Robbia).
Museo Pepoli is the house of paintings by Gagini (1522) and Tiziano, together with local archeological discoveries and sculptures made of coral. Before going back to San Vito, you must stop at Erice, typical town on Mount Erice, characterized by little streets and houses made of stones. Here you can eat a “Genovese”, typical dessert, while admiring the gulf of Trapani and the town of Valderice. Erice is also famous for the Scientific Culture Center “Ettore Maiorana”, founded by the scientist Antonio Zichichi. The cathedral of Erice, called “Matrice”, dates back to 1300, and the Castello di Venere (Venus’ Castle) is of XIII century...
You can’t miss Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro! You will swim in a stunning crystal sea and through the paths you will behold Mediterranean dwarf Palms, cork oaks, broom shrubs and olives. Baia Santa Margherita is in the other natural reserve of San Vito Lo Capo, the Natural Reserve of Monte Cofano. The natural reserve extend from Cala dell’Arena (Castelluzzo) to the tower of Mount Cofano, with its white stones beaches. Going to Trapani, you must stop at Grotta Mangiapane, which is the set of the Christmas Live Crib and a “live museum”, to (re)discover ancient jobs today almost forgotten. Once you are in Custonaci, the Cathedral is gorgeous, with its particular mosaic with small stones in the churchyard.