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The Elyminians called Erice Iruka; the Punics named it Erech; the Greeks and the Romans Eryx. Centuries of history and myth make Mount Erice a fascinating place famous for its cobbled streets and medieval habitation. For centuries Erice – which was called Gebel Hamed by the Muslims, and Monte San Giuliano by the Normans – has been a place of love; with the Castle of Venus (PAGE 15) in which legend says that during his voyage Aeneas stopped by here to give homage to his Goddess mother. One can also visit the Elyminian-Punic walls; the Chiesa Madre; the Balio Garden, and the municipal museum “A. Cordici”. There is also the Cultural Scientific Centre “Ettore Majorana” where seminars and meetings attended by the most important scientists of the world take place throughout the year.

Torri del Castello di Venere
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Erice info

In the shape of a butterfly, the island of Favignana is the largest of the archipelago of the Egadi and is a popular tourist destination because of its wonderful sea characterised by numerous coves. It is an island rich in history (the famous naval battle between the Romans and the Carthaginians was fought here). Favignana is also famous all over the world for its “mattanza” (slaughter of tuna fish) tradition. In the area of San Nicola one should visit the archaeological sites which contain remains of the prehistoric era; a necropolis from the VIII century BC; the Boasco district sites with remains of the Punic epoch. One should not miss a boat trip which will allow you to discover all the wonders of the uncontaminated sea.

Favignana "Cala Rossa"
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 The smallest of the Egadi Islands, it is an ideal place for trekking thanks to its numerous paths. One should not miss a visit to the Genovese Cave which you can reach either on foot or by boat. The Cave conserves prehistoric graffiti. A boat trip around the island will enable you to reach numerous coves where you can swim in a deep blue sea.

Isola di Levanzo "Porticciolo"
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Among the Egadi Islands, Marettimo is the furthest from Trapani and therefore it still remains a real natural paradise, with a rugged and enchanting landscape and a crystal sea. It is also well known for its archaeological sites characterised by the caves which can be reached by a ride on a fisherman’s boats. It is an ideal place for those who want to spend a holiday in close contact with nature and with traditions, ways of life and customs that no longer exist in urban environments.

Marettimo "il Porto"
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Reachable by the pier located in the “Spanish” district in the territory of Marsala, it was one of the largest Phoenician centres in Sicily. The archaeological excavations have revealed precious finds such as the necropolis, a house of mosaics, and a paved road. One should not miss a visit to the Whitaker Museum that conserves archaeological finds of great importance such as the Giovane (a young man) dressed in a tunic, a statue of Greek origin from the second half of the V century BC.

Isola di Mozia "Area Sacra deposizione Anfore sacrifici dei Fenici"
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Mozia info

An archaeological area located on Mount Barbaro, it was (together with Erice) one of the principal settlements of the Elyminians. Legend tells us that it was founded by Alceste, son of the Trojan Egesta, who hosted Aeneas during his voyage after the fall of Troy. One can visit the Doric-style Temple, the Hellenistic Theatre, and the remains of a Sanctuary probably of Elyminian rituals, and the ancient city in which the remains of some squared towers are still visible; a fortified door and the remains of a boundary wall.

Teatro Greco
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It is an ideal holiday destination thanks to its deep blue sea and its fine white sandy beach. From San Vito Lo Capo one can reach the Riserva Naturale Orientata (Natural Reserve) Lo Zingaro. One should also visit the Sea Museum in Via Savoia. The International Couscous Festival which takes place in September should not be missed.

Veduta di San Vito Lo Capo "il Porticciolo"
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San Vito Lo Capo info point
Riserva dello Zingaro
Cous Cous Fest

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