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In perpetual conflict with the Greeks of nearby Selinunte - with whom he hired often bloody battles - the increasingly important center ...
show more elimo orbit around the Carthaginian power that made one of the most important emporium Segestano fortified stations of the northern basin of Sicily.
Decline of the star greek island, the Carthaginian power had, therefore, compete with other and far more bitter enemies: the Romans. The Punic Wars, in fact, were the last act of the story of Carthage and, therefore, also the ancient emporium of Segesta not. The winners, in fact, fully understand the importance, the repopulated, preserving and strengthening their military characteristics.
Arabs were entailed in the middle - renamed Al Madarig: “the stairs".
The subsequent Norman and Swabian - between 1071 and 1280 - little news came to us, but it is likely that they have further and better fortified Cerri that with the construction of the fortress on the sea, the sea began to be called Castle.
It must, however, the Aragonese - where the city came after Vespers - the final version of the mighty fortress.
In the Aragonese period (1281 - 1410), so the town was owned by land baron Frederick of Antioch and became an important commercial center of the grain bound for export.
The further development of Castellammare del Golfo - with mixed success, which retained its status of the port - is finally to be ascribed to the period from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, when the city saw a growing, significant development.
Castellammare Today, thanks to a priceless heritage, consisting of extraordinary natural beauty of its coastline and its hinterland has become a major tourist attraction, a lot can offer its visitors, such as the old fishing village of Scopello with its trap and its Faraglioni, the coast is characterized by golden sandy beaches to the east, indented with coves and pristine reefs to the west as (the bay of Guidaloca, Calabianca, Calarossa, Faraglioni of Scopello and the Zingaro Natural Reserve, full of beautiful bays, trails and beaches of pebbles and sand that are mirrored in a pristine sea, clear and calm.
Also not to forget the thermal baths of Segesta, whose waters are classified as hyperthermal, sulfur, highly mineralized, play an important therapeutic action.
The first Natural Reserve of Zingaro, established in Sicily, includes a stretch of about 7 km of unspoilt coastline and beautiful, it overlooks the Gulf of Castellammare and the chain of mountains, small coves and impressive cliffs to the sea, is the magnificent setting.
Important for the great richness of rare and endemic plants, the “Zingaro” is perhaps more from the animal point of view: the existence of very different ecological niches allows for a high diversity of fauna not found elsewhere on the island.
At the Zingaro, in fact nesting and breeding at least 39 species of birds, mostly raptors, including peregrine falcons, buzzards and the ghepio.
The area of the Reserve is also of great archaeological importance as the spectacular “Uzzo cave” was located one of the first prehistoric settlements in Sicily. Superbly organized in terms of enjoyment (trails with precise directions, shelters, water points, picnic areas, museums, etc ... motorcycle parking spaces).
It is possible to visit the reserve on foot only, not existential driveways into streets, there are different paths such as path, sea mountains, high-Zingaro.
show more summer evenings. Nearby are still preserved landscapes archaic as the village of Scopello, leaning on a rock overlooking the cliffs and the old tuna. In Castellammare lies the main entrance and the Zingaro Nature Reserve where, beside pristine beaches, gather relevant manifestations of endemic flora and fauna.
Castellammare was the main port of call for the great city ...
show more of Erice and Segesta in pre-Hellenic age and towards the end of the Middle Ages it became a stronghold subsequent establishment of the "tonnara". In 1560 was founded by Pietro Luna, the first village behind the castle.
The coast is very jagged, vast and beautifully varied in its landscape, to meet the many tourists in their tastes: small peninsulas and headlands, plateaus and variety of beaches.
As for the beaches you will be faced with a wide choice. Let's discover it together!
The beach Plaia, about 1 km long, golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and presents with its shallow water is also good for children.
The pebble beach in Petrolo and the beach of Marina Grande, which ranging from the factory for the tuna fishery Costamante to the Castle.
The beach of Scopello and Guidaloca, two beautiful beaches that are renowned for the beauty of the seabed and the variety of services offered to tourists. For lovers of diving these waters will offer you the opportunity to see many species of flora and fauna of rare beauty.
The beach of Alcamo Marina, 3 km long, there are 3 beaches equipped although the beach and almost all free. Along the SS. 187 which parallels the beach, you can find several restaurants and pizzerias where you can enjoy Sicilian specialties.
Sea and Nature. Driving along State Road 187 from Castellammare to Trapani we move now to the village of Scopello, cross a landscape rich of coves rugged and high cliffs.
The characteristic of the place, that is immediately evident, are the Faraglioni of Scopello that rise steep and covered with vegetation. Below, in the beautiful cove between the rocks and the old towers, is the famous the tuna fishery, known since time immemorial, mentioned in documents dating back to 1200 and active until a few years ago, with the Baglio, buildings and warehouses.
From here, past the tonnara after a few kilometers you get to the Zingaro Nature Reserve: The only thing possible in front of the beautiful landscape of the Zingaro is surprising, at every step, for the breathtaking views.Rock Walls of limestone rise above a rich and flourishing vegetation, then to end rush headlong into a crystal sea.
Sea and Spa. Along the provincial road 187 which connects Castellammare to Segesta, about 7 km, we find the legendary Waters Segestane of straboniana memory: "Aegesta Siciliae urbis ubi calidae aquae." The place where the thermal waters gush and where tradition has it that were made arise from the Nymphs to regenerate Heracles when he arrived at Segesta after crossing Sicily from Cape Pelorus to the old street of Himera. The site does not fail to fascinate for its wild beauty, the uniqueness of the phenomenon of the "rigenerant" warm waters, for the significant archaeological interest that it is, as a whole.
Sea and history. Continuing along the provincial road 187 and following the slope of Mount Inici on the tracks of the ancient people of the Elymians, we arrive at Segesta, inserted into a system of rolling hills that surround its precious jewels: the Temple and the Theatre.
The Sicilian-Doric temple of the fifth century. A.C. is intact and majestically on a hill in the middle of a valley.
The greek theater of the second century. AC, excavated in the rock, overlooking from the top of Mount Barbaro.
In the splendid natural scenery created by the cliff on the Segesta valley , the theater becomes the "millennial scene for the classics of the world, where every two years, theater performances evoke the atmosphere of the past."
The Shrine of the IV-V century. B.C. complete the current design of the archaeological park of Segesta yet to be explored.
I hope that with this short journey to the discovery of Castellammare del Golfo, is born in you the desire to spend your holidays in Castellammare, in these places rich in history, moderns and cozy at the same time, between sun, sea and typical excellent cuisine.
show more is led, and which animates the summer evenings. In the surrounding area, archaic landscapes are still conserved, like the village of Scopello, set on a rock which overlooks the stacks and an old tonnara (tuna warehouse). Part of the Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro – Oriented Nature Reserve of the Zingaro falls into the territory of Castellammare where, next to the uncontaminated beaches considerable endemic manifestations of flora and fauna are to be found. For potholing lovers, the caves of Mount Inici with extremely deep “orridi” (ravines), underwater lakes and extremely suggestive views are not to be missed.
This town, which rises on the gulf of the same name, finds its identity in the sea. Founded as a marine trading centre for the traders of the nearby Segesta, watch towers and defensive bulwarks of the castle are reflected in its sea. And it is the sea where life is led, and which animates the summer evenings. In the surrounding area, archaic landscapes are still conserved, like the village of Scopello, set on a rock which overlooks the stacks and an old tonnara (tuna warehouse). Part of the Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro – Oriented Nature Reserve of the Zingaro falls into the territory of Castellammare where, next to the uncontaminated beaches considerable endemic manifestations of flora and fauna are to be found. For potholing lovers, the caves of Mount Inici with extremely deep “orridi” (ravines), underwater lakes and extremely suggestive views are not to be missed.
The coastal landscape in the shape of an amphitheatre, of the gulf of Castellammare frames the town of the same name with its fishing port and the castle in very suggestive scenery, overlooked by the imposing Mount Inici and, in the east, the magnificent beaches. To the west the coast becomes rocky, and extremely jagged, characterised by high rocks overhanging the sea, with the stacks of Scopello, and the coast of the Zingaro with coves of extraordinary beauty: straight away the point and inlet of Cala Bianca and the point of the Grottaro and, then, the very beautiful large bay of Guidaloca, characterised by crystalline water and a low sea bed. The vegetation of the rocky areas overlooking the sea is particularly rich: in the stepped areas, going down towards the seam the dwarf palm grows, while next to the road superb carobs, olive trees and euphorbia.
From the top of some high ground, the small and suggestive village of Scopello dominates the countryside of the whole of the Gulf of Castellammare. It rose on the site of the mythical city of Cetaria, so called for the abundance of tuna fish. Its name comes from the Greek Skopelòs, the rock or from the Arab Iscubul to indicate the majestic and picturesque stacks, covered in Mediterranean vegetation which emerge from the enchanting sea. Scopello welcomes the visitor with the lovely Guidaloca inlet, covered in white pebbles, and protected by an old tower which, with the two towers of the tonnara one situated on a small headland and the other embedded in a rugged cliff ensured the surveillance of the area and its protection from any danger coming from the sea. The baglio, typical rural construction with an internal courtyard, situated on the site of an Arab hamlet enriches the landscape of the small village with its square and the ancient drinking trough
The Swabians named the town Castrum ad mare de gulfo, from where the present name derives. But before this, the Elymian Segesta had its emporium and its important port here, appreciated and used later by the Phoenicians and then by the Romans for commerce. In medieval times it became a stronghold with the castle built by the Arabs who called it Al Madarig (the steps), underlining the towns position with its descent towards the port. Even today, steps link the different quarters and lead down to the sea. In 1560, near the castle a feudal town was founded which, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries extended as far as the slopes of Mount Inici. Thanks to the Tonnare (tuna warehouses) for fish and the tuna production, and above all for the grain loader, between the XV and the XVIII centuries, the port became a strategic point for commercial flow both in and out of the town and a great amount of grain was exported
The mountainous complex made up of made up of calcareous masses, characterized by the reliefs of Mount Inici (1064m), Pizzo delle Niviere (1043m) and another lower area which overlooks Castellammare, are covered mostly by a conifer wood, while on the summit a remaining strip of historic oak wood survives. The undergrowth is mostly made up of blackberry bushes, butcher’s broom, ivy, wormwood, blackthorn, hawthorn, bramble rose and broom. The rock plants are also very interesting, including the Scabious cretica and the Ceterach officinarum (stonebreaker), which grows in the cracks in the rocks. Where rainwater collects the discoglossid, an amphibian very similar to a small frog lives. It can survive a long way away from permanent ponds. A snail Marmorana scabriuscola which has adapted to narrow fissures lives between the rocks. Among the birds to be found, is the kestrel which hunts insects and small rodents.
Another natural area of extraordinary value is the la Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro with a noticeable diversity of areas, which in part has a plant species composition of great interest from the point of view of nature and landscape.
This semi-natural area resulting from thousands of years of work of shepherds, farmers and craftsmen has endemic displays including the Serratula cichoracea subsp. mucronata, also present on the north African coastlines and numerous terricolous orchids. In this garìgue near the rocky outcrops the endemic iris, the buttercup and the hyssop flower. Aspects linked to wet areas, extremely localised in the depressions downstream in Monte Acci, represented mostly by reeds and sedge, have an important role also as regards the fauna of the area.
The Mother Church internally decorated in marble, stuccoes and frescoes, holds fine works of art including the statue in majolica of the Madonna del Soccorso from 1599 locally attributed to Giovanni Maurici and Giovanni D’Antonio and now to Luca Della Robbia. The vault is decorated with frescoes by Giuseppe Tresca (1768) is the Crucifix with apostles (1650) by Orazio Ferraro. There are also frescoes by Domenico La Bruna (1738), from the church of the Inici Castle. Above the entrance door of the small church of Madonna del Rosario, known as di l’Agnuni one can admire a fine bas-relief in marble of the Gagini school, (XVI century) depicting la Madonna col Bambino con S. Nicolò ed un eremita dinanzi al Crocifisso -The Madonna with child and St and a hermit in front of the crucifix. Also noteworthy is a painting on stone board (XVIII century) in the church of the Madonna delle Grazie and the frescoes from the XVII and XVIII centuries in the chiesetta del Purgatorio- small church of Purgatory.
The imposing and suggestive castle of Arab origin, enlarged in Norman and Swabian times, was the most important fortress of Western Sicily and contains elements of great architectural importance, like the spiral stairway from medieval times inside a circular keep and the door with architraves with late gothic decorative patterns. The Mother Church is the most important of the religious buildings, with its present Baroque style (1726-36). Also important is the church of the Madonna di l’agnuni (of the corner), of presumed Norman origin, with a fine sixteenth century doorway. The church of Madonna delle Scale (XVII century) situated on the mountain slope is suggestive. Not to be forgotten is the ex-monastery of the Padri Crociferi (1659) now the Town Hall. In the immediate vicinity of Castellammare, the baglio (rural fortified structure) of Inici and the castle of Balata di Baida, have resisted time as have the towers, the baglio and the tonnara (tuna fish warehouse) of the suggestive village of Scopello.
Part of the territory is in the extraction area of the Rosso di Sicilia marble, used in all the external and internal applications in the building and furnishing fields; it is a Jurassic limestone, dark red in colour, similar to the red marble of Verona, uniform with splashes of ochre and rare veins of calcspar.
In craft laboratories skilled embroiderers realize real works of art following ancient methods including the technique of the “sfilato siciliano”; a well known school of embroidery which offers courses and periodically organises exhibitions.
Some craftsmen are still able to make shoes made to measure; the curinari with fast hand movements make plaits of the leaves of the dwarf palm creating the curina to make bags, hats, fans and they are also good at making reed baskets and bread baskets with olive branches.
In the sea in front of the town there is a tuna fish breeding centre.
WINE AND FOOD
Castellammare is in the production zone of the DOP oil from the Valli del Trapanesi, made from the cerasuola olive, the biancolilla and the nocellara del Belice, and the DOC wine Erice which includes fine white wines from catarratto e grillo grapes, white and red wines from the nero d’Avola and pignatello plus the international vines which have a particular character according to the zone of production. Couscous, bran dressed with fish broth, pasta with sardines, tuna cooked in various ways, sun dried tomatoes, braciulune, slices of meat rolled and stuffed are the highlights of a simple and imaginative cuisine in which the flavours of the sea mix together with the flavours of the countryside. A real delicacy is the pane cunzato (dressed bread) of Scopello.
In the pasticceria (cake shop) there are Cosi ruci, Christmas pastries filled with figs, the pignulata, with honey, the cassateddi full of ricotta, the picuriddi, Easter lambs made out of pasta reale (marzipan) and the traditional cannoli and sfinci, sweet fried pastries and the typical biancomangiare a simple milk dessert.
MUSEUMS SCIENCE EDUCATION
The castle holds an interesting scientific-museum centre divided into sections: archaeology with anchor stocks and Roman amphorae; marine activity, with equipment for sailing and tuna fishing; Nostra Principalissima Patrona dedicated to the festivities in honour of the Madonna del Soccorso; “Castellamare on set” with documentation about films, series, advertisements and reality shows filmed in Castellammare.
The museum centre is completed with a well equipped conference room and spaces dedicated to cultural and landscape heritage and cultural and entertainment events. In the east wing there is the Museo dell’Acqua e dei Mulini - museum of water and windmills and the Ethno- anthropological museum "Annalisa Buccellato".
In an old fishermen’s house in the ancient maritime town is a small Museum of the Sea which holds various pieces of marine tools and equipment from tuna fish warehouses, once numerous in the gulf.
RELIGION REMEMBERENCE BONDS
The church of the Madonna delle Scale is a destination for pilgrims. Built by Benedictine monks, on the site of a miracle which occurred on the 7 September 1641, when a young shepherdess was saved by the Madonna during a storm: it was in use until the 1960s. the miracle is celebrated with the la Festa delle verginelle-celebration of the young virgin, during which broad bean pasta was offered to nine or twelve young girls to remember the food eaten by the young shepherdess. Today it is celebrated from the 6th to the 8th of September with the Sagra della pasta di fave, accompanied by processions and fireworks.
On the evening of the 18 March, to honour San Giuseppe, a fire with high flames - the vampata is lit,. from the 29th April to the 1st May, shows, processions, fairs and fireworks are dedicated to the same saint, and these events are repeated from the 20th to the 22nd of May for the celebration of Santa Rita.
ENTERTAINMENT, SPORT AND FREE TIME
Castellammare is above all an important tourist centre, for pleasure crafting and bathing. During the summer, many people staying here and visit the beautiful beach, with its bathing stations, the various coves along the coast, and the crystalline sea of Scopello.
Splendid excursions can be effectuated in motorboats around the Zingaro and San Vito area and many sporting events can be practised: horse riding, tennis, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
In Scopello, a diving centre offers guided immersions also at night. In the most interesting areas of the coast where shipwrecks and suggestive caves can be found. In Ponte Bagni district on the Caldo river, there are the historic springs of Segesta, with sulphuric, salty, sulphate, alkaline, earthy water which emerges at 44,1 °C. the station has two swimming pools and the Regina cave (with a Roman vault), which is a natural sauna.
SHOWS AND EVENTS
During the summer months the Castellammare Estate with a calendar rich in theatre and music productions, and Cinema sotto le stelle - cinema under the stars, partly held in The cloister of the ex-monastery of the Crociferi; The port with its restaurants exclusive bars is the night life centre of the town. The celebrations to honour the patron saint Maria SS del Soccorso, from the 19th to the 21 August are suggestive, with the procession in the sea of the simulacrum and a remarkable historical re-enactment, in the port illuminated by spectacular fireworks of the miracle carried out by the Madonna in 1718 when five English ships who were pursuing a Spanish merchant ship were made to flee. Together with the religious celebrations games at the beach and in the sea, shows and a fair are held.At Christmas, Castellammare holds various initiatives and a live nativity scene in the town hamlet of Balata di Baida.
Food: the fish in Castellammare is freshly caught every morning and put on your plate the same evening...
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show more Palermo is nearby, you can visit medieval Erice or the valley of temples and Castellammare offers a great atmosphere for going out...
Nature: The beautiful reserve of Zingarò is just around the corner, there are stunning vulcanic coastal lines, great mountains and fairytale like bays...
Beach: San Vito is Tripadvisor's favourite beach holiday in Europe, and this beach and the Castellammare beach have the warmest and cleanest water of Sicily...
show more can admire Scopello and his "faraglioni" and the Natural Reserve of the Zingaro, where you can walk in the flora and fauna or you can admire from the sea by boat. Castellammare is a strategic place to visit the western Sicily because of his location between Trapani and palermo, near Segesta and Selinunte where you can visit the Greek temples, near the wonderful beach of San Vito Lo Capo, near the sensational middle age village, near the "saline" and Mozia, near Favignana and ustica and so on.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and it’s a popular travel destination with a volcano, beaches, mountains, and centuries of history and tradition.
The island is a year round destination. The long summer season will be ideal
for beach lovers while Spring and Autumn season are the perfect time for
mountain excursions, walks or cycling trips. Those who love skiing will enjoy from December to February the slopes of Vulcan Etna and Piano Battaglia in the Madonie Park.Castellammare del Golfo (pop. 15,000) is wonderfully positioned in a bay in the north-west of Sicily, just 15 minutes drive from the Greek temple of
Segesta, from the famous Scopello cliffs, and from the specialist marine nature
reserve of "Lo Zingaro". Years ago Castellammare del Golfo was an important centre for tuna fishing but today it is known for its spectacular location. The town is perfectly suited for those wanting to stay somewhere with atmosphere close to beaches, like those at Scopello, Lo Zingaro and San Vito Lo Capo. It is also the ideal starting point for several of the most interesting cultural and gastronomic tours through the provinces of Trapani, Palermo and Agrigento in Western Sicily, given the easy access by car and other means of local transport. In september there is The PLAS festival,music in historic centre of the town.
show more by the castle, the antique outpost of the city, which today houses a permanent museum and exhibitions.
A few miles away you can reach some of the mosto beatiful places in the area, like The Zingaro Natural Reserve, Scopello, the midage town of Erice, San Vito lo Capo with the famous sand beach, Segesta and Trapani.
show more with shower. The kitchen spacious and bright provided with all equipment. The furniture is dressy and creates a relaxing atmosphere. The cottage is surrounded with a big garden rich in coloured flowers. Outside there a big veranda and pool where the guest can spend relaxing moments. Its sunny position offers a nice view, from the countryside to the sea with its gold beaches. The cottage is 1km far from the city centre and 2km from the beach where you can find different services such as bars, restaurants etc...
show more "spas segestane" immersed in a charming landscape. On the mountain of Inici you can visit the charming karst caves, besides to a wonderful view. Castellammare is the ideal place to attain, in a short time, wonderful places such as: Erice, Selinunte, Mothya, Marsala, Egadi Islands, Trapani, the island of Ustica, Monreale and gradually Palermo, Agrigento, Cefalu’ etc...
Sicilian holiday home vacation
Sicily is one of Italy’s most charming and popular travel destinations. The Mediterranean’s largest island is diverse, offers beautiful beaches and great little cities but also space for exciting cultural discoveries and excursions. A holiday home is the perfect way to discover the charms of Sicily. atraveo offer for Sicily comprises of more than 1,800 holiday apartments and more than 850 holiday houses. Here you can enjoy a tranquil atmosphere in a beautiful surrounding. Many of the holiday apartments and houses are situated near a beach and offer a private pool. This gives you the option of a swim in private atmosphere which hotels in popular tourist destinations cannot offer you. With atraveo you can choose between a holiday on a typical Sicilian country estate with organic farming and horse riding, a luxurious villa or a comfortable holiday apartment in one of the coastal towns such as Taormina or the capital Palermo. Just be inspired by the huge offer and look for your dream holiday home for your next vacation on Sicily.
Typical Sicily: Fuming volcanoes and the blue sea
In order to discover the diversity of Sicily you can rent a car and go on discovery tour by yourself or alternatively opt for a coach trip with tour guide. The volcano Mount Etna in the north of Sicily is with its frequent small eruptions Europe’s highest and most active volcano as well as the island’s most renowned sight. Furthermore it can even be ascended with experienced guides. An experience no holiday maker on Sicily should miss. Next to Mount Etna also Mount Stromboli carries its own fascination. The volcano is situated on the small same named island which is part of the Aeolian Islands and is permanently active. In irregular but short intervals there are smaller eruptions which offer a quite spectacular and breathtaking sight especially at dusk.
You can discover the sea not only from Sicily’s beaches relaxed during a great beach vacation but also in an active way on boat trips or diving. Off Sicily there are still some larger coral reefs and a large variety of fish that are at home in their original underwater habitat.
Discover Sicily's towns from a holiday home
On Sicily one can discover many lovely cities and small villages. Always worth a trip is the city Taormina, which can proudly look back on many famous visitors. Oscar Wilde, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant are just few of those who treasured the charm of this city with its many typical Sicilian restaurants and shopping options. The Villa del Casale, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, with its beautiful mosaics and other impressive Roman ruins are popular cultural tourist attractions. Also worth a visit is the city Palermo with its cathedral and pretty squares and parks as well as the famous catacombs of the Capuchin monastery. Further interesting cities on Sicily with many tourist attractions include Catania, Messina, Ragusa, Trapani, Agrigento and Syrakus.
Sicily's culinary specialities
Sicily’s cuisine is as diverse as the island itself. The history of Sicily’s ice cream dates back to the Roman Age. According to tradition it was invented at the foot of Mount Etna when sweet beverages that came from Arabia to the island were mixed with the ice of the volcano’s peak. The result was a sweet delicacy. Respectively the range of ice cream creations which can be enjoyed in the hot summer climate of the island is delicious and diverse.
Also Sicilian pastries are known to be delicious. Great wines are grown on Sicily, as well as figs, tangerines, mulberries, peaches, apricots, melons and many more which can be bought fresh at the regional markets.
Enjoying the Mediterranean climate
The climate on Sicily is primarily mild and sunny. During winter the temperature seldom drops below zero degrees. The most popular tourist season is due to the often very hot and dry summer the springtime, especially April and May, and the late summer between September and the beginning of November. Usually the temperatures in the heartland are lower as the regions are at a higher altitude than the coastal areas.
By plane to Sicily
You either travel by plane or with your car to your holiday home vacation on Sicily. International airports with regular flights are available to Palermo, Catania and Trapani. Whilst on the island it is recommended to hire a car in order to reach the holiday home easily and to explore the region. Alternatively most of the larger holiday resorts – especially those close to the sea – are usually quite well connected to public transport.
Journey with the car and ferry to to the holiday apartment on Sicily
Those who want to travel with their own car can either drive down to southern Italy in two to three days or shorten the journey by combining it with booking a passage on a ship. Those who drive the whole route will have to take the ferry in the south of Calabria from San Giovanni to Messina which connects the mainland with Sicily in just 30 minutes. Alternatively you could choose a night ferry instead of the long drive through Italy which runs from the north Italian port Livorno or Genoa to Palermo and Catania.
Photos of the town
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