Discover the Trapani territory through the touristic itineraries suggested by our Hotel, a perfect point of departure to explore the province of Trapani. Below any touristic itineraries are shown; by them, you can discover and appreciate the natural, archaeological and wine and food marvels.
The archaeological park of Segesta is half an hour far from Trapani by car. It lays down on hills and the ancient town is in an extremely suggestive position. The monumental Doric order temple, dated back to fifth century before Christ and outside from the old walls, is in a well preserved status. The theatre is on the top of Monte Barbaro, partially excavated in the rock; nowadays they use it for outdoors performances. Close to the park, there are the thermal baths: their sources has got extraordinary therapeutic properties.
Selinunte rises up on the southwest Sicilian coast. It was the old rival of Segesta who aspired to have a position over the sea. The archaeological park takes up about seventy hectares on a calcareous hill: the acropolis was in the sheer part down to the sea, the village was in the inner part. The monumental complex includes about ten temples allocated on the oriental hill, close to the acropolis and in the so called occidental sacred area. The view of Selinunte at the sunset, when the ruins of the ancient Greek town become red and their shape stands out in the sky, is priceless.
Mozia (known as Mothia or Motya too), nowadays San Pantaleo, is an island of Stagnone in Marsala, in the province of Trapani. An ancient Phoenician town with the same name was on the island. The island is in front of the occidental coast of Sicily, between Isola Grande and the dry land and it belongs to Whitaker Foundation.
The origins of Erice are very old. Walking through the little streets of the medieval village, on the top of Monte San Giuliano, it’s possible to discover symbols and legends born before Phoenicians and Romans who built here a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess of beauty and love. Visiting Erice, it’s easy to get lost among thousands of glimpses of little streets, fortifications, old churches (such as the “Matrice” or “Sant’Orsola”), monasteries, workshops of ceramics, typical sweets and tapestry and gardens. At the edge of the village, the look is captured by breathtaking landscapes on the Egadi Islands, Stagnone, salt pans and all the province of Trapani fields.
The Punic ship wreckage, whose shipwreck dating back to the 3rd century before Christ, probably during the battle of the “Egadi” (241 before Christ.), was found in 1971, in the sea off the coast of long island in the lagoon of Stagnone of Marsala, by a British mission. The slender line and the characteristics of the bottom of the hull identify the ship as a combat rowing boats, 35 m long, with approximately 68 rowers. It keeps the stern and the broadside. The guidelines and the signs of the Phoenician-Punic alphabet, engraved and painted on the planking, have made it possible to know the shipbuilding technique of Punic workers known from classical sources (Polibio, Plinio).
Salt Pans Nature Reseve of Trapani and Paceco (distance: 5 km) are an important stopover for thousands of birds during migration during the winter and in the spring too, so the area is of particular ornithological interest; in fact, , they have taken a census of 208 species of birds so far. Among species counted in the reserve there are the Bittern, little egret, the Great White Heron, the spatula, the Flamingo, the Knight of Italy, the pied Avocet (taken as a symbol of the reserve), the pink seagull, the little tern, the Kingfisher. Because of their high environmental value, the salt pans are subjected to various ties of protection, because the reserve wetland of Saline di Trapani e Paceco is among the sites of Community interest.
Zingaro Nature Reserve is managed by a Sicilian public Company and extend over approximately 7 kilometers of coastline where wonders such as “Cala Tonnarella dell'Uzzo”, “Cala marinella”, “Beretta” and other delightful beaches lurk. Zingaro coast is one of the few stretches of coastline of Sicily not contaminated by the presence of a coastal road.
Stagnone Nature Reserve includes the entire lagoon bounded by sea from the island Grande or Longa, with three islands in the middle, Motya, Santa Maria and Schola. It is the largest lagoon of Sicily and has a huge natural environment and great scenic suggestion. The saltpans, still working, are conducted with traditional methods. About 3 km north of the historic boarding, in Contrada Birgi Nivaloro, begins the ancient road linking with the island of Motya, the so-called "Punic road" below the water level.
The marine reserve of the Egadi Islands, currently the largest in Europe, is constituted by the islands of Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo along the rocks of Formica and Maraone. The depths of the islands of the archipelago are characterized by transparent waters and extensive Posidonia meadows which dominate almost everywhere the underwater seascape. This precious ecosystem is an ideal habitat for reproduction of many fish species. It’s possible to see red and yellow gorgonia, sponges and encrusting colonies of anthozoans such as the false coral. Recently, some fishermen of Marettimo noted in certain areas around the island there are some specimens of the monk seal.
For travelers Sicily is a land of emotions, a place where history merges with the myth, nature is extraordinarily generous and culture is the result of fusion of great civilizations. Since 2005 Sicily boasts a new heritage, “La Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Erice Doc”, one path between Erice, Segesta and Motya littered with historical evidences unique in the world, naturalistic landscapes of rare beauty, and food riches to discover. Today the road gathers private places of great charm: excellent farms, luxury resorts, restaurants, wineries, local handcrafts manufacturers.
One of the most romantic sunsets are those you can see from the road of salt. The coast from Trapani to Marsala in some places takes fantastic outlines that cause strong emotions. Tourist itineraries to visit the salt-pans run along the banks of the shimmering ponds for salt crystallization, reach the islets with the windmills, memory of the time when they were the primary tools to pump water and grind salt. Walking around you can see the flight of many migratory birds that find a home in this area and in particular in the habitat of the reserve of Stagnone of Marsala where, as in a wonderful stage, you can see mysterious island of Motya (cradle of the Phoenician-Punic civilization of Sicily), the windmills and the saltpans with mounds of salt which is the protagonist of the coastal territory of Trapani