Trapani – a piece of Africa in Italy
Package price per person, 5 days from € 249,00Group price valid from 20 participants.
On the westernmost tip of Sicily, where the wind has shaped the contours of the beaches and rocks and covered everything with a thin veil of fine sand from the Sahara, lies the most African corner of the Island of Sicily. Trapani was the place where cultures and peoples clashed; they came from across the sea leaving clear traces behind them. After visiting Trapani, you will get to know Erice and its famous Marzipan, as well as the isle of Mozia, the most important in the Stagnone lagoon. You will also visit the picturesque salt ponds of Marsala where salt is still collected using traditional methods. The last day is a free day for relaxing and shopping. We will conclude with a dinner at a typical trattoria near San Vito lo Capo to try the famous fish couscous prepared according to an ancient Arab recipe and admire the spectacular sunset over the sea…
- 4 Nights accommodation with enlarged breakfast in a good 3* hotel in the Trapani area
- 1 Welcome cocktail
- 3 Dinners at the hotel
- 1 Full-day guided tour of Trapani and Erice
- 1 Full-day guided tour to the island of Mozia and Marsala
- 1 Sweet-tasting session in Erice
- 1 Return boat trip to the island of Mozia
- 1 Wine-tasting session with a light snack in Marsala
- 1 Typical couscous dinner at a pleasant trattoria
Day 1 Arrive in Trapani-Marsala; check in to hotel for 4 nights. Welcome drink and dinner.
Day 2 After breakfast, depart for a tour of the medieval town of Erice. From Erice there is a breath taking view over Trapani, the Egades islands and the surrounding landscape. Our tour will include a visit to the Venus Castle which surrounds parts of the ancient temple of Venus Ericina. In Erice you will also have the chance to taste the delicious marzipan! In the afternoon we will visit Trapani; more than just a port for reaching the Egadi Islands, the city is also famous for the Pepoli Museum with its masterful coral work. The historic centre is filled with Baroque palaces and churches and is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 Breakfast and departure for an excursion to Mozia, the small island founded by the Phoenicians in the middle of the “Stagnone” Lagoon. We will arrive by boat and visit the Whitaker Museum with its stupendous marble statue of the Youth of Mozia (450-440 BC). After a pleasant walk around the archaeological area, you return to Marsala to tour the historic centre as well as the archaeological museum which houses the famous remains of a Punic ship. Then, a stop at a wine cellar for a tasting of the famous Marsala, Passito and Moscato wines: an experience not to be missed. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 4 Breakfast in the hotel and free day. You can return to explore some hidden corner of the beautiful island or devote yourself to finding the perfect souvenir to bring home. Dinner at a traditional trattoria in San Vito Lo Capo where you can sample the traditional fish couscous dish and enjoy a marvellous sunset out over the sea. Return to the hotel in the late evening.
Day 5 After breakfast, depart for return trip home.