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Trapani

Trapani.  The highlights of western Sicily 

You are about to discover a Sicily which is closer to North Africa: you can see ships leaving the port (very close to the historical centre) to Tunis and the light is different. Trapani is rich in artistic treasures and local traditions. The “Pepoli” museum and the Holy Week celebrations such as the famous  “Via Crucis” are just two examples. The famous mediaval citadel named Erice is very close to Trapani: today is a meeting place for scientists and medieval music lovers; the panorama enjoyable from its castle, located on an overhanging rock that overshadows the valley and faces the Aegadian Islands, completes the first magical meeting with this province. Don’t miss: a daytrip to Segesta, an incredibly charming place. From its Greek theatre Phoenicians ships seem to land for new conquests and in its temple time stands still. The Phoenician “Motia” (San Pantaleo island),  can be reached through the “Via del Sale” (the Salt Road) a marvellous nature and human work of art, close  Marsala where history and wine are inexstricably linked   and so rich  of tales. The enchantment still continues heading southward: Mazara del Vallo and its recent museum of the “Satiro danzante” (the dancing Satyr); here the connection is with the deepest Mediterranean. A town rich with a long and interesting history which can be learned through its monuments, with its Tunisian quarter and its very important port, it is one of the places where you can taste a delicious cous-cous (usually with fish); in few kilometres you can get to Selinunte, an archaeological marvel, untouched between sky and sea and easily impressible on visitors’ heart. Many Nature Reseves in Trapani area, such  as  Aegadian Islands (Marine Protected Area), the “Riserva dello Zingaro” really close to the beach of San Vito Lo Capo, where the typical dish of the province, the cous-cous, has become the protagonist of a yearly town festival, a very important event that appeals and gathers the best Mediterranean cooks. The Aegadian Islands is a group of five islands: Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo and the small islands of Formica and Faraone. They were already inhabited and connected to the mainland during the prehistoric era, many surprises and beauties are waiting to be enjoyed all throgh these islands.