Trapani, Agriturismo Pizzolungo, that’s the place where we go to.
In Northwest Sicily, near Trapani, are several good agriturismo for a fantastic stay in this lovely quiet Sicilian region with beautiful landscapes . The holiday farms in Trapani are located nationwide and are mostly equipped with a swimming pool . Farmhouse are very suitable for peace and space enthusiasts. The Farmhouse have been in business as a farm and get a portion of their income from agriculture, often in the form of olive groves and vineyards .
From Trapani there are to many nice and interesting excursions to beautiful places, parks and beaches.
The most popular destinations of Western Sicily are:• Trapani • Marsala • Favignana island off the coast of Trapani • San Vito Lo Capo (seaside ) • Scopello• Castellammare del Golfo• Palermo , capital of Sicily
Dove si mangia bene a Trapani?
(Where you can eat in Trapani? ).
Trapani has a rich food and beverage culture and the typical Trapanese specialties such viscouscous , pesto alla Trapanese and busiate Trap Anesi are popular throughout Italy. It is therefore not surprising that Trapani has very good (fish) restaurants . In the center of Trapani do you not have to search long for a good restaurant . Prices range from a good pizza for € 5 to dine at exclusive restaurants with prices starting at € 15 for a meal.
San Vito Lo Capo
The lively resort of San Vito Lo Capo is about 40 km from Trapani, by car or bus and within easy reach of Trapani. The beaches here are very nice and the sea is emerald green. It is often cited as one of the most beautiful beaches of Italy . A truly tropical paradise with palm trees. You find yourself almost on a Caribbean island .It’s a nice walk along the beautiful promenade . The cozy town is largely closed to traffic and there are a variety of boutiques, restaurants , pizzerias, cafes and a small marina .
Zingaro is a beautiful nature reserve , located along the coast about 25 km from Trapani to the east, between San Vito Lo Capo and the village of Scopello. The reserve covers about 1600 hectares and is around Monte Speziale . In the reserve are permitted and trekking along the coast to visit some beautiful caves. Zingaro is a beautiful unspoilt nature with beautiful flora and fauna and you can go hiking and swimming. Access to Zingaro costs € 3 , – under 10 and over 65 free .
Le Saline di Trapani and Paceco covers an area of nearly 1000 hectares , and is now a reserve managed since 1995 by the WWF Italy . Le Saline is one of the few wetlands in western Sicily. Since the 12th century, won here very high quality salt. Even Scandinavians come here get salt for the deposit of their fish .
The small bay of the faraglioni (sea stacks) is the best known area of Scopello. The small beach framed by rocky walls is fronted by the imposing stacks rising out of the sea. It is also graced by the old tuna fishery complex, a fascinating reminder of the strong link with the sea of the nearby fishermen’s village.
Erice is a beautiful medieval fortified city with a rich history. The city is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 751m near Trapani and from there by funicular . From Erice you have spectacular views of Trapani and the Egadi islands off the coast .Erice, which has its origins in ancient times , is now a center for science. In the main street , Corso Vittorio Emanuele , you will find at no. 14 Pasticceria Maria Grammatico , which belongs to the best Sicilian pastry is known for its delicious macaroons and marzipan creations.
The beautiful city of Marsala is located 30 km south of Trapani and is worth a visit. Marsala is famous for its sweet fortified wines with a high percentage of alcohol screening made in the area.
Mozia, San Pantaleo Island
Mozia is a memorable archaeological site in western Sicily, between the towns of Trapani and Marsala. The site covers an island, the Isola di San Pantaleo, situated in a striking location in a kind of shallow lagoon lined with the salt flats and windmills that are a characteristic of this coastline. Out to sea you can glimpse the Egadi Islands. The island’s terrain is flat and rural, and excavated stretches alternate with woodland, vineyard and field. It makes a good day or half-day excursion, with a small museum and extensive ruins to visit.
Mozia 10 km north of Marsala, along vast salt pans with windmills – a separate spectacle! – Leads to the pier where one to the island of San Pantaleo speed (between 9 and 13 and 15-18 hours). Here is Mozia, anciently called Motya. The island was owned by the English wine producer Joseph Whitaker in 1906, which had earned its assets in Marsala. He left excavate the Carthaginian fortress. The island is only 600 x 700 meters and is situated in a lagoon with a headland, the Isola Grande. Here, the Phoenicians were already in the 8th century BC a settlement. Later, Carthage had a fortress, like Panormos (Palermo) and Solunto. In the Middle Ages the island was renamed San Pantaleo. Parts of the Carthaginian city walls and the Hellenistic Casa dei Mosaici from 300 B.C. are exposed.
The family Rallo started in 1983 with their Donnafugata adventure in the historic cellars in Marsala and their vineyards in the heart of western Sicily Contessa Entellina. In 1989 Donnafugata also made the crossing to the island of Pantelleria, here began the production of natural sweet wines. Donnafugata was founded in Sicily by an enterprising family with 150 years of experience in premium wines. Giacomo Rallo and wife Gabriella, daughter José and son Antonio are engaged in an entrepreneurial project with focus and attention to detail and the nature and the potential that the region offers to get back into their wines. Donnafugata striving after excellence in their premium wines with the utmost care and attention to detail in the vineyards, in the cellars. All in relation with the environment. Extreme Quality is the entrepreneurial style that reflects the company’s philosophy. According Donnafugata reflects the country of origin., Soil, exposure, altitude, climate and vines in the wine. Carefully the appropriate grape varieties are selected which best suit the soil. Frequent are held in the vineyard, grape tasting in order to determine the ideal time of harvest. For winemaking uses simple technology with respect for the integrity of the grapes, must and wine. By constantly testing the technical staff monitors the development of the must and wine.
I can’t wait to see all these places. Really looking forward to it.