Itineraries - 700 Ulivi


Trapani sits in an area filled with historical, cultural, natural and food and wine attractions which make it a must-see for those who want to discover Sicily and its uncountable beauties.

Trapani can be easily described as an enchanting place thanks to its colors, fragrances, and its rich history, traditions and culture. It is located on a flat piece of land stretching out with a sickle shape between two extremities represented by the Torre di Ligny, dating back to 1671, from where you can enjoy a marvelous view of the city and the Aegadian Islands, and by an ancient leper hospital, now the site of the Lega Navale Italiana. Not far away, in the middle of the sea, the Castello della Colombaia, one of the symbols of the city along with the Bastioni di Sant’Annna, the picturesque Mura di Tramontana, the historical city center with some of the most important monuments, the harbor with the hydrofoils leaving for the Aegadian Islands.

Wine, red garlic, olive oil, pastries and unrivaled recipes of unforgettable taste are some of the specialties of the region. All the restaurants in the city will serve Cous Cous with fish, one of the most famous dishes in the region.

Religious celebrations, like the Processione dei Misteri (Good Friday), and local coral and ceramic artifacts are among the innumerable things passed down from generation to generation

Trapani is all about culture, traditions, flavors, and also fun, sea, and golden beaches. The historical city center (10km away from the B&B) is filled with shops, bars, restaurants and pubs full of young people. Clean beaches, crystal-clear water, the sun and the wind are some of the unique elements of this lively city.

Erice, perched on a cliff 750 meters above sea level, is a medieval village nestled in a breathtaking panoramic location and it’s renowned as one of the most visited attractions in Sicily. The village sits on top of the homonymous mount at a distance of 13 km from the B&B, and it’s easily accessible by car or by cable car offering a breathtaking view of Trapani with its sickle shape washed by two seas and of the Aegadian Islands.

Sites worth visiting are the Castle of Venus, the Balio and its gardens, the alleys and very unique cobbled streets. Erice’s streets are teeming with cloisters, towers, flowery courtyards and over 60 churches. Some churches are an extraordinary and precious example of architecture, for example the Church of San Martino, the Church of San Cataldo, the Church of San Giuliano and The Church of San Giovanni Battista. Some streets are full of souvenirs shops selling very typical ceramics and rugs. Something you don’t want to miss is the Genovese, an exquisite pastry filled with cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Erice has also been home to the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center for Scientific Culture since 1963, a very important center which hosts many cultural events in the city. During the years, the center has become an internationally acclaimed center of excellence for scientific research.

The Aegadian Archipelago is a must-see destination famous for the perfect combination of sea and a pristine nature. Favignana is the biggest and most populated of three island. Levanzo is the smallest and the least populated. Finally, Marettimo is the farthest and wildest. The islands can be reached in 20-25 minutes by ferryboats or by hydrofoil from the harbor of Trapani, few steps away from the city center.

Surrounded by a blue sea, these paradisiac islands have a rich and varied marine fauna, spectacular inlets, grottos, beaches, and amazing sea floors. The islands are the ideal destination for the lovers of snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing.

Mozia is an ancient Phoenician colony founded in the 8th century BC on one of four islands located in the lagoon of Stagnone, now known as Island of San Pantaleo. The island is in front of the Western coast of Sicily and belongs to the Whitaker’s family.

It is a tiny island in the middle of a lagoon. Its landscape is dotted with small piles of salt beside ancient windmills, and offers the visitors a nice combination of colors and scents. The Mediterranean vegetation is luxuriant, especially in springtime. In the middle, the Whitaker 19th-century beautiful mansion rises up, hosting the museum in which the Statue of the Youth with the Tunic is located, as world ambassador of the Italian culture.

Rising 400 meters above sea level, there is one of the most picturesque archaeological sites of Sicily, Segesta and its temple, standing alone on the top of a hill. Segesta is extraordinarily charming thanks to its location on a hilly area with a couple of impressive monuments: the Doric temple and the theatre. The theatre is considered one of the finest examples of theatre architecture showing the shift from the Greek model to the Roman one. It is often used as a venue for Greek plays, concerts and events. The temple, instead, was built according to the Doric style, like the great Greek temples, and being on the top of the hill can be seen from far away.

To visit the archaeological leave your car in the designated parking area and then walk up the hillside. The archeological site is open all year round, every day from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

The Zingaro Nature Reserve stretches along the West coast of Castellammare del Golfo, in the peninsula of San Vito lo Capo washed by the Tyrrenian Sea. It was the first natural reserve to be officially recognized in Sicily. The park offers a great variety of flora and fauna. The coastline of the Zingaro Nature Reserve is one of the very few stretches of Sicilian coast which no coast road that changes its natural beauty. The main coast path stretches along 7 kilometers, linking the two entrances of Scopello and San Vito lo Capo, is the most used by visitors.

The park is host to the Naturalist Museum, the Museo delle Attività Marinare (Maritime Museum), the Museo della Civiltà Contadina (Museum of Rural Life), where the complete life cycle of wheat is reproduced, the Center for Environmental Education, two picnic areas, and some rural buildings.