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Province of Trapani

On the far westerly point of Sicily, the province of Trapani is abundant with marine havens and historic and archaeological evidence. The city of Trapani, famous for its salt pans, is situated between two seas and offers considerable wildlife and cultural attractions. A walk through the streets reveals eighteenth-century buildings, imposing churches, the shops of young coral sellers and the characteristic Piazza del Mercato del Pesce (Fish Market Square), know in the past as the Bocceria.
 
San Vito lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily
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An important seaside and tourist resortSan Vito Lo Capo has a long, wide beach and brilliantly coloured sea, alleyways decorated with flowers, intense perfumes and wonderful views. The Museo del Mare (Museum of the Sea), with relics dating from the Punic, Greek and Roman ages, hosts international underwater archaeology courses. Built around an old Saracen fort, San Vito Lo Capo is a classical seaside town surrounded by other famous places, including the splendid medieval city of Erice, the archaeological site of Segesta and the Zingaro Nature Reserve.
 
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Erice
Erice, Sicily
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Erice, a crossroads of ancient populations and civilisations, stands on the summit of Monte San Giuliano in a splendid panoramic position overlooking Trapani. The remains of a temple, erected by the Elymians and dedicated to worship of the god of fertility and love, can still be admired today. The city, surrounded by immense walls with a Norman castleGothic Cathedral and more than sixty churches, has a typically medieval urban plan with squares and narrow, winding roads overlooked by beautiful flower-filled courtyards and typical craft shops selling finely decorated ceramics, hand woven, brightly coloured rugs and traditional sweets made of almonds and candied fruit. Each summer the Week of Medieval and Renaissance Music takes place in Erice.
 
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Segesta
Segesta, Sicily
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Segesta lies within a series of rolling hills that enclose some important gems: the Temple and the Theatre. The Doric - Sicilian Temple, dating back to the 5th century B.C., stands intact and majestic on a hillock in the centre of a beautiful valley. The Greek Theatre, dating back to the 3rd century B.C., is carved into the rock and faces the peak of Monte Barbaro. A large sanctuary, dating back to the 4th - 5thcentury B.C., completes the current picture of the archaeological park of Segesta.
 
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Castellammare
Castellammare, Sicily
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Another interesting tourist destination is the Gulf of Castellammare, which offers a coastline of rocks and stacks that alternate with beautiful beaches known for their limpid water.  On this section of coast, in the form of an amphitheatre, lie Castellammare del Golfo, a town perched on a headland that slopes gently towards a myriad of small bays lapped by a crystal-clear sea, and Scopello, a fishing village with truly unique and beautiful sea views. Other famous places include the inlet of Calabianca, the Punta del Grottaro and the white pebble beach of the Bay of Giudaloca.
 
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Mazara del Vallo
Mazara del Vallo, Sicily
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Mazara del Vallo, a flourishing sea town and home to the largest fishing fleet in the Mediterranean, also features important cultural resources, such as the Norman Cathedral and a series of Baroque buildings, and boasts the famous Mazzini promenade.
 
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Selinunte
Selinunte, Sicily
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Nearby Selinunte, the town whose name derives from wild parsley, is the site of the remains of colossal ancient Greek temples sitting in what is the largest archaeological park of the Mediterranean areaTemple "C", dating back to the first half of the 6th century B.C., is one of the oldest examples of Doric architecture in existence; Temple "E", almost totally reconstructed, is the most beautiful; Temple "D", found in the Acropolis, is the most archaic; Temple “G”, located on a hill, is one of the largest of classical antiquity.
 
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Marsala
Marsala
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Another coastal resort is Marsala, well known for the production of the homonymous wine. As well as preserving important sacred monuments, such as the Cathedral dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury, the city offers an enchanting view of the Egadi islands enhanced by a limpid, iridescent blue sea. The coastline from Trapani to Marsala offers other extraordinary sights: the salt pans and the Nature Reserve of the “isole dello stagnone”, a vast marine lagoon of 2000 hectares with the island of Mothia, an ancient Phoenician colony of the 8th century B.C., sitting in its centre.  
 
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Gastronomic specialties
The gastronomic excellences of the Trapani cuisine date back to ancient traditions and perfume of spices skilfully mixed with the production of local products such as aubergines, tomatoes, red garlic from Paceco, "cartridgeto" melon and renowned vineyards.
 
Text by Eugenio Sorrentino
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Published on Avion Tourism Magazine
Update by Alisè Vitri: July 2020
 
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