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Windmills Trapani Marsala

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Trapani and Marsala are famous for more than wine and seafood. Trapani, in particular, boasts some of Europe’s oldest salt marshes, and is still home to some of the windmills once used to drain water from the basins (containing ponds). Drawing salt from water remains a slow process, similar to desalination, something talked about more and more with the serious water supply problems confronting Sicily. The evaporation procedure utilises the flat marshlands of Trapani’s coast and the long, dry Sicilian summers. Visit by Windmills tour

Salt extraction was a technology known to the ancient Egyptians, and in Sicily dates at least from the time of the Greeks and Romans. It has flourished in the Trapani area unto the present day, not for a lack of “dry” salt deposits in Sicily (where there are several mines), but because many cooks prefer sea salt to that harvested from other sources. The windmills, however, were a medieval development.

By the nineteenth century, Sicilian sea salt was exported to European countries as far away as Norway and Russia. Several of the British firms involved in other Sicilian exports, namely Marsala wine and sulpher, helped develop the international trade in sea salt.

Trapani, ancient Drepanum, was the port for Erice, and the town’s fortunes have always been tied to the sea. By the nineteenth century tuna had become an important product. It still is. Salt is just one part of the picture.

Windmills Trapani Marsala

The road from Trapani to Marsala skirts round the edge of the lagoon and the island of Mozia providing fine views of the local saltworks: panels of mirror-like water, held by thin strips of earth, synchronise to form an irregular and multicoloured scene.

Windmills Trapani Marsala

Mozia is small (forty hectares), but historical island which, along with Isola Lunga, Santa Maria and Isola della Schola, forms a small archipelago in Stagnone, the biggest lagoon in Sicily and one of the most humid zones in Europe. Mozia became one of the most important Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements in the Mediterranean due to its proximity to the powerful Carthage.

Windmills Trapani  Marsala Visiting  the Whitaker Museum (founded by Giuseppe Whitaker who organized the first excavation of Mozia in 1875).

Here one can find many objects of Phoenician origin and one of the most notable finds of the past few years, the Giovinetto di Mozia, the statue of a young boy which dates back to the 5th century BC. This excursion also includes a trip to the windmills and saltpans.

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Trapani and Marsala are famous for more than wine and seafood. Trapani, in particular, boasts some of Europe's oldest salt marshes, and is still home to some of the windmills once used to drain water from the basins (containing ponds). Drawing salt from water remains a slow process, similar to desalination, something talked about more and more with the serious water supply problems confronting Sicily. The evaporation procedure utilises the flat marshlands of Trapani's coast and the long, dry Sicilian summers.

Salt extraction was a technology known to the ancient Egyptians, and in Sicily dates at least from the time of the Greeks and Romans. It has flourished in the Trapani area unto the present day, not for a lack of "dry" salt deposits in Sicily (where there are several mines), but because many cooks prefer sea salt to that harvested from other sources. The windmills, however, were a medieval development.

By the nineteenth century, Sicilian sea salt was exported to European countries as far away as Norway and Russia. Several of the British firms involved in other Sicilian exports, namely Marsala wine and sulpher, helped develop the international trade in sea salt.

In Sicily, the sea salt is often sold wet or damp. For this reason a few grains of rice are sometimes placed with the salt in a shaker to absorb moisture and prevent caking.

Trapani, ancient Drepanum, was the port for Erice, and the town's fortunes have always been tied to the sea. By the nineteenth century tuna had become an important product. It still is. Salt is just one part of the picture.

An appetizing part, some would say. Nobody doubts the purity of Trapani's salt, but its trace elements give it a special flavour. It seems perfect for fish recipes like the seafood couscous for which Trapani is famous. The windmills are no longer necessary, but at least a few will continue to turn for years to come.

 

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Mozia is small (forty hectares), but historical island which, along with Isola Lunga, Santa Maria and Isola della Schola, forms a small archipelago in Stagnone, the biggest lagoon in Sicily and one of the most humid zones in Europe. Mozia became one of the most important Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements in the Mediterranean due to its proximity to the powerful Carthage.

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Mozia

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The inclination to identify Marsala’s name with the wine produced there is understandable, but wines are usually named for places, not vice versa. This city on Sicily’s western coast was founded as a Carthaginian colony in 397 BC (BCE) following the destruction of the nearby settlement on the island of Mozia (Mothia)

The Saline della Laguna are located in western Sicily, on the coast connecting Trapani to Marsala. A unique area in front of the island of Mothia, on the famous “salt route”, which offers visitors many opportunities like: the visit of the Mill of Infersa and the museum with the multimedia route;

Visiting Mozia. The island is reached by boat (more below) and there is a ticket office by the ferry jetty o

ccess to the island is only two private boat, which not only link the same Mozia to the mainland can also visit the other islands of the Lagoon. The island belongs to the Whitaker Foundation, and while it is open to the public and open during hours of operation, is in force the prohibition of unauthorized landing. In ancient …n Mozia. Admission to the island and museum costs €9 at the time of writing, while a ferry return is €5. Close to the jetty are toilets, a drinking-water tap and some shady benches which are convenient for a picnic.

It is neatly sandwiched between the main part of Sicily and Isola Grande in a lagoon, which seems to protect Mozia from the ocean at large. You may … Make no mistake this is a small island, but its ancient nature is the very reason why you should consider visiting.

Mozia (or Mothia) has the best Punic (Carthaginian) ruins on the Island of Sicily. Also, visit the relic of the Carthaginian warship in the Archeological Museum in Marsala, a few kilometres south of Trapani and Mozia.

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Erice-Trapani

Erice-Trapani

Erice-Trapani Charming Medieval Town Holidays Western Sicily

Amazing sunset and charming city. For the best sunset in the region, go to Erice! Amazing! The city is also very charming and beautiful medieval buildings. Highly recommend a visit!

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There are natural paintings that remain etched in your memory forever. Erice is a wonderful medieval village in Sicily, perched on a cliff 750 meters above sea level, nestled in the beauty of a breathtaking landscape: blue sky tinged with white tufts and endless sea. I have a thing with medieval villages, because they make me think about the charm of history. Erice is one of my favourite medieval villages in Sicily together with Castelmola and Taormina.

Erice-Trapani Charming Medieval Town Holidays Western Sicily

The best way to get to Erice is by the cable car in about 10 minutes. You will enjoy a stunning view: Trapani with its charming salt flats, the Egadi Islands and Erice from the above, before you set foot in this lovely medieval village.

Once you arrive at Erice enjoy a walk through cobbled streets and white churches. It is a dive into history. Erice is all around the main square Umberto I, where you can find delicious bars and pastries shops. Among the pastries shops I suggest you to go to Maria Grammatico‘s in Via Vittorio Emanuele 14. This pastry shop is famous for its tasty “Genovese”, at a cost of about €3.50. It is a mouth watering sweet: a bundle of pastry filled with cream, a sprinkling of powdered sugar and you are in the Heaven ???? In the meanwhile, enjoy lovely alleys, stairs and nice courtyards.

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Via Vittorio Emanuele is also the main street of Erice full of souvenir shops. If you are searching for  a very different souvenir go to the Ceramic shop by Paola Amico Luisa in Via Guarrasi 18. Here ceramics are a reinterpretation of the typical Sicilian ceramics: bowls, plates and saucers and also little souvenirs, such as cute ceramic magnets. Another typical Erice’s souvenir, although a bit more cumbersome, is the typical diamond pattern rug.

Erice-Trapani is rich in churches! Don’t miss the Mother Church in late Gothic style with Renaissance and Arabs traits. I love the Gothic rose window and the jaw-dropping white marble roof. The church was built using material from the Castle of Venus. The bell tower is separated from the Church and it is a tourist information center. There is an entrance fee. Another beautiful church in Erice charming medieval village, is the Church of San Martino, characterized by impressive Gothic wooden statues dating back to 1300.

Castello di Pepoli Erice

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Castello di Pepoli with its torretta was built in the 1870’s by Count Agostino Pepoli (1848-1911), a scholar, lover of beauty and patron of the arts, who built it as a quiet retreat for his meditations, as well as gathering place for men of culture, artists and writers.

Erice charming medieval village  was built over a rocky outcrop, serving as foundation for the castle, and in a style resembling the Moorish/Saracen style. In April of 2013, restoration work began, after many years of neglect and decay, to bring it back to its former glory and turn it into an interactive museum and Centre for Peace.

After more than a year of work, the Castello di Pepoli officially opened again on July 19, 2014 when I visited it again shortly after opening. When I first saw it in 1995 one could still get down in there to see the castle, though it was in bad shape even then.

By 2005 one could not even get near it, the vegetation was so overgrown and the structure looked compromised. In 2014 it was a pleasure to see it restored and gleaming in the sunshine! The walkway down was slippery with fresh gravel from the construction, but better than the formidable jungle in past years! It is one of the iconic structures of Erice, seen in many photos.

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Marsala

Marsala

Marsala Magical Places to Visit in Your Lifetime

Marsala is located at the tip of Sicily, always breezy, it has a pleasant climate even in the summer. Revenue walk from the ancient Porta di Mare today Porta Garibaldi and enjoy the city’s history.

Piazza Loggia with La Chiesa Madre, one of the biggest of Sicily; Via XI Maggio elegant street  down town, called “Cassaro”, a place of social and marketable  life that you have to visit and where spend your time.  Garibaldi Museum and the Convento del Carmine with its remarkable Pinacoteca Comunale are other must of this  beautiful town.

Around  these magic places there are more jewl to see and visit

By  our guided tours, you can have professional tastings and delicious pairings with delicious  Sicilian dishes visiting  different and special historical cellars in Marsala .

Select different  options to get to recognize Marsala wine through professional tastings and sophisticated pairings.

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First Magical Places to Visit are:Delicacies you can not miss:

The “pane and panelle” classic example of “street food”

Find a good deep red-hot shop closely Porta Garibaldi right on the stairs of the fish market. Will meet typical dish of the tip of western Sicily: the fish couscous.

Famous in all Mediterranean area Couscous is a very special and sophisticated tasty proposal  of Arab heritage. Is  made from grains in a potage of fish and seafood  mixing  a bit ‘ of all the assortments of the Mediterranean.

More Magical Places to Visit are:

Island of Mozia – on the Phoenician’s road.

 

Within walking distance from the mainland, surrounded by shallow water and easily defendable, Mozia is one of the place  of strategic status for trade routes in the Mediterranean.

When  Mozia set on fire because  the Greeks (397 BC), vanishes from history. Currently Mozia proposals a unique archaeological tour deep in the enchanting Natural Reserve of Stagnone.

Please  do not miss the museum and the picnic under the pine trees around.
TIPS: canoe also  is another  way you can reach Mozia island!

 

Saline Ettore and Infersa

Along Stagnone  Lagoon  coast in summer shine thousands piles of salt, spotted with windmills, they chance pink. Principal voice of the economy since 1300 A.D. today this salt when harvested by hand is a niche product.

The salt marshlands are also a special destination for migratory birds such as flamingos and more. Do not miss a visit to the “salt museum.

 

MUSEUM AND ATTRACTION


Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi (Marsala)

Museo Whitaker (Isola di Mozia)

Museo del Sale (Saline di Ettore Infersa)

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Trapani

Trapani

Trapani Best Destination To Travel

Trapani is a superb place for your wonderful holidays, Wheater is blessed by God.

Situated between the sea and Mount Erice, the ancient Drepanon on the west-coast of Sicily, was the site of a crushing Roman defeat by the Carthaginians, in 249 BC. Erice (Eryx).

Today Trapani is a modern medetirranean fascinating city, a perfect best destination to travel for a perfect holiday or a beach vacation rental and ideal to explore the most beautiful nearby destinations as:

The marvelous Egadi Islands The medieval atmosphere of Erice The ancient Hellenistic Segesta The wild and beautiful Zingaro nature reserve

Trapani Best Destination To Travel

Trapani Apartments run self catering accommodations, villas  or apartments to rent Ideal for 2/4 people or up to 8 people

Apartments  have been refurbished in 2013 with the addition of a new bathroom, kitchen, heating and air-conditioning.

This 4 sleeps apartment is extremely convenient: located Old Town Trapani and yet within walking distance from the beach. The apartment is situated in a very central and quiet position, in the center of the old Trapani town, close to the Trapani port and the Terminal to Egadi Island. Waterfront Located

Located on the western  tip of Sicily, Trapani has both a commercial port and an airport.

Trapani can be reached through Palermo port or international airport, which is connected to several European capitals.

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San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo trap in a stunning landscape

Beautiful beach this was my second time there. Beautiful beach this was my second time there. I went during the off season the first time and now during the Cous Cous festival. If you don’t like crowds do not go during the festival. There are some very good restaurants and some not so good.

San Vito Lo Capo trap in a stunning landscape

Voted Italy’s Best Beach in 2011 and 2012 by the Traveller’s Choice Awards, you’d be crazy to visit San Vito Lo Capo without visiting the amazing beaches it has to offer. The white sand and bright blue seas that run the length of the three-kilometre coastline are hard to resist.

Explore San Vito Lo Capo trap in a stunning landscape holidays and discover the best time and places to visit. | Occupying the tip of Capo San Vito is the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, full of beachcombers and sun worshippers in summer. San Vito is … You will visit the two most beautiful and famous sea Places of Sicily absolutely unmissable.

Whether you are looking for golden beaches with safe swimming, cultural visits to exciting historical hot-spots, or activities that all the family can get involved in together such as biking, boating and picnicking in beautiful natural parks – this region of Sicily has it all.

 

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Zingaro Reserve trekking and nature lovers

Zingaro Reserve trekking and nature lovers

Zingaro Reserve trekking and nature lovers

is a perfect place for trekking and nature lovers that can discover a wide vegetation of dwarf palms, carob, olive trees, and euphorbias. Even if you prefer birdwatching,

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Through these web pages we will tell you the fascination and the beauty of the first natural oriented reserve.

The sharp line of Dolomitic calcareous rocks which form the Reserve extends, in the western part, from the Gulf of Castellammare, along the eastern side of Capo San Vito peninsula that is on the Tirreno sea between Castellammare del Golfo and Trapani.

The territory of the reserve starts from Cala Mazzo in Sciacca up to Tonnarella Dell’Uzzo and it extends mostly in the town of San Vito Lo Capo and only in part in that of Castellammare del Golfo.

Through these web pages we will tell you the fascination and the beauty of the first natural oriented reserve.

The sharp line of Dolomitic calcareous rocks which form the Reserve extends, in the western part, from the Gulf of Castellammare, along the eastern side of Capo San Vito peninsula that is on the Tirreno sea between Castellammare del Golfo and Trapani.

The territory of the reserve starts from Cala Mazzo in Sciacca up to Tonnarella Dell’Uzzo and it extends mostly in the town of San Vito Lo Capo and only in part in that of Castellammare del Golfo.

Through these web pages we will tell you the fascination and the beauty of the first natural oriented reserve.

The sharp line of Dolomitic calcareous rocks which form the Reserve extends, in the western part, from the Gulf of Castellammare, along the eastern side of Capo San Vito peninsula that is on the Tirreno sea between Castellammare del Golfo and Trapani.

The territory of the reserve starts from Cala Mazzo in Sciacca up to Tonnarella Dell’Uzzo and it extends mostly in the town of San Vito Lo Capo and only in part in that of Castellammare del Golfo.

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Trapani Segesta best beautiful Greek archaeological sites

Trapani Segesta best beautiful Greek archaeological sites

Segesta (Ancient Greek: Ἔγεστα Egesta;[1] Sicilian: Siggésta) was one of the major cities of the Elymian people, one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily. The other major cities of the Elymians were Eryx and Entella.

It is located in the northwestern part of Sicily in Italy, near the modern comune of Calatafimi-Segesta in the province of Trapani.seg

The countryside leading up to the Segesta site is gorgeous especially in May when all the fields are in bloom with flowers and it’s not too hot. Worth taking the shuttle bus to the ampitheater…one of few left without modern seating added.

This temple is one of the most stunning sights I have seen! It dates back in the 4th century and noone knows why it was never finished. Not only the temple itself, but tbe surrounding nature is going to leave you speechless.
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