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The most westerly of the ancient Greek strongholds in Sicily, Selinunte has a long and fascinating history. Originally the site of 5 Greek temples of which now just one remains, the impressive Doric temple of Hera, Selinunte can be found in the province of Trapani. There are a number of shops and restaurants in the nearest large town of Castelvetrano and some lovely nearby beaches to explore beyond the endless olive groves.
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Visit the wine cellars of nearby Marsala to learn about the production of the famous dessert wine as well as sampling and pairing it to local Sicilian dishes.
The Egadi Islands are a small group of three charming islands just off the West Coast of Italy. Regular ferry services run from both Trapani and Marsala to Favignana, the largest of the three. Here you can spend a day hunting for hidden coves, lazing on isolated beaches or discovering great scuba diving spots. The pretty town of Favignana has a small port and two main Piazzas to stop for a coffee or bite to eat.
Situated between the seaside towns of Trapani and Marsala is the largest lagoon in Italy, the "Stagnone", the centre of sea salt production for the island and the rest of Italy, and also home to an amazing variety of wildlife. Now a designated marine nature reserve, the natural beauty of the salt pans are dotted with picturesque windmills, dating back to medieval times, and piles of harvested salt, gleaming white on the terracotta tiles of the storage areas.
The 17th Century tower "Torre del Ligny" located on the tip of Trapani's headland was once used to protect the coastline from Turkish Pirates; today it is home to a prehistoric museum and offers fantastic views of the town.
Wander the eerie ruins of Selinunte, built in 628BC and once one of the richest and most powerful cities in the world, this site has now lain dormant for over 2000 years. Following a dramatic siege on the city in 409BC, in which it is thought around 16,000 of the cities inhabitants were either killed or taken into slavery, Selinunte was never rebuilt and today is one of the largest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. These ruined temples and the nearby beach are well worth a visit during your holiday to Sicily.
Festa di Sant'Agatanational event
The people of Catania celebrate their own Saint Agata for two incredible days, nearly round the clock, parading through their streets, eating, and shouting. The festival is the best season to visit the famous outdoor market of Catania.
Liberation Daynational event
Marks the end of World War II in Italy back in in 1945.
Labour Daynational event
Also known as 'May Day' or 'International Worker's Day', this day is commemorated in many countries around the world.
Infiorata di Notonational event
Italy’s best-known flower festival sees one of the Baroque town’s main streets, Via Nicolaci, carpeted with a series of flower-petal tapestries designed by local and international artists. To watch them at work, come on the Friday. If you have kids, bring them back on the morning of May 20, when they can join local children in scattering the petals by running up and down the street.
Republic Daynational event
St. John The Bapt...national event
Renaissance Music...national event
One of the best music festivals in Sicily. Top international Renaissance and Medieval music artists perform in the beautiful mountaintop village of Erice. The festival blends into Ferragosto celebrations on the 15th with fireworks and special foods.
Assumption Daynational event
This is the mid-summer holiday for all Italy. In the Siracusa Grand Harbour there is a yacht regatta, followed by a traditional Sicilian longboat race. Even the Madonna becomes a sailor. Every town in Sicily has festive foods and evening fireworks.
Ibla Buskers Fest...national event
Street musicians, performers and artists of all imaginable varieties flood to the historic Ibla district of Ragusa for four days of joyous noise and mayhem around the picturesque alleyways. Kids will love the jugglers and other wild circus acts.
All Saint's Daynational event
Immaculate Concep...national event
St. Stephen's Daynational event
New Year's Daynational event
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