Day 1 Milan (or Bergamo) – Trapani
In the afternoon departure from the chosen airports to Trapani. Arrival in Trapani in the evening. At the airport an appointed person is waiting for you: he will take you to Trapani. Accommodation in a bed&breakfast situated in a historical palace in the centre of Trapani. A walk to reach the trattoria that will host us for dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2 Trapani – Segesta – Trapani
Breakfast in the hotel. By bike: assisted by our guide we collect the bike and after a short briefing we leave for the discovery of this city through the roads of the historical centre. Highly notable is the historical, architectural and artistic heritage. By bike we get to the Santa Maria Sella Mill, just outside Trapani, almost arriving at the starting point of the Natural Oriented Reservation of the salt mines of Trapani and Pareco. We go back to Trapani. Free lunch. In the evening we reach the Segesta temple by minibus. The great solitary temple in Doric style and the theatre situated on the top of a hill are the perfect place where to ponder. Return to Trapani. Dinner in a typical trattoria, usually attended by local people. Overnight
Day 3 Trapani – San Vito lo Capo – Zingaro Reservation – Erice – Marsala
Breakfast in the hotel.This morning we head north to San Vito lo Capo. The road twists and turns though breath-taking panoramas with the framing of mount Cofano. We arrive at San Vito lo Capo, but we go on up to the entrance of the Zingaro Natural Oriented Reservation.
On foot: we walk through an easy path among plants, flowers and trees, thus a garden. The guide takes us to a prehistorical cave where the presence of the man is documented by graffiti and marks of materials used by men. We return to San Vito lo Capo after 2 hours and a half. Free time. Departure for Erice, an enchanted rock situated in a promontory facing the sea. Visit of Erice. We head to Marsala where today we will stay in an ancient dwelling restored with care and passion. Inside, in the rooms and the common places, old furniture and objects decorate the house of the splendid land of Sicily. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. Walk along the tiny streets of the historical centre of Marsala. Dinner in a trattoria, usually attended by local people. Overnight.
Day 4 Marsala – Selinunte – Mazara del Vallo – Marsala
Breakfast in the hotel. Start heading south, up to reaching the small town of Marinella di Selinunte. Visit of the Archaeological park of Selinunte, which covers an area of 270 hectares and is the largest in the Mediterranean and Europe. The old Selinus was founded by Greek colonists coming form Megera Hyblea, led by the leader, the Ecist Pammilo. The name of the city comes from the Greek selinon (parsley). It was the most occidental Greek colony in Sicily. The archaeological park is the largest and with the guide we will go through the most important stages of its history. We are near Castelvetrano and we can’t miss a lunch break to taste the typical products of an agritourism immersed in the green of the surrounding plots of land, rich in citrus groves and olive tree groves. Here it is famous the black bread of Castelvetrano, and also cheese, jams and jellies, dried tomatoes, flavored olives, aubergine “caponata”, green and black olive paté, just picked citrus fruits, figs and prickly pears, vegetables of different kind, capers and obviously the extra virgin biological olive oil.
Start for Mazara del Vallo, famous for the most important Italian fishing fleet, which also keeps its ancient past. Mazara del Vallo rises up on the south coast of Sicily. In the ancient times it was the outpost of Selinunte and in the year 827 the Arabs coming from north Africa landed: from here they started to conquer Sicily.
The urban structure of Marsala is typically Maghreb, with narrow and curvy tiny streets, very similar to an Arabic Medina. Return to Marsala. Walk in the centre. Free dinner (not included). Overnight
Day 5 Marsala – Favignana – Marsala
Early morning: boarding on the hydrofoil to Favignana island. We arrive at the port of Favignana and we collect the bikes. By bike: with the guide we cycle the roads around the town, we get to the caves and to one of the many bays of the island. Favignana forms part of the natural reserve of the Egadi Islands and is chraracterized by a clear sea and by numerous bays. The island is also famous for the tuff caves which for centuries was the first source of income not just for the island, together with fishing and farming. Inside the caves very skilled miners moved and all around laborers, carters and sailors of the three islands and Trapani. It is not exactly known when the exploitation of the island subsoil began: the old men talk about it as an activity which has always been present in the island. Visit of the recently restored tuna-fishing nets. In the afternoon return to Marsala by hydrofoil. Dinner in a trattoria in Marsala. Overnight
Day 6 Marsala – Mozia – Trapani
Breakfast in the hotel. Release of the rooms. It is the last day, but rich in things to see and taste. After a short transfer by minibus boarding to the small island of Mozia, the old Phoenician and Punic colony. Entrance in the foundation Whitakes which runs the small island of Mozia. Having bought the island in 1902, Joseph Whitaker understood its immense value bringing to light little by little the remains of the presence of the Phoenician in the West Sicily, in the centre of the Mediterranean. The remains were buried under a thin layer of farming land. Famous is the discovery in 1979 of the statue of the “Young Man of Mozia”, a Greek art masterpiece, found out by a mission of the University of Palermo. We leave Mozia and we come back to the mainland for the tasting lunch in an old baglio of the Trapani province. The baglio was born in the XVIII century as a fortified place where keeping the harvest of the (piana) and the nearby olive-press.
Arrival at the baglio and brief tasting of the local olive oil production. Lunch accompanied by the stories on the baglio where old rhythms articulate the farming life hours still today. After lunch transfer to the airport in Trapani and departure for Milan (or Bergamo). Arrival at the chosen airports. End of the services.
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