Scopello is a pretty hamlet in the north west corner of Sicily and lies on the coast between the bustling resort of Castellammare del Golfo and the Zingaro nature reserve. The village itself includes a couple of restaurants and bars, a grocers and a post office with cash point whilst Castellammare del Golfo is just 10 minutes away by car and offers many more amenities. Although quite a sleepy and laid back area, the filming of Oceans Twelve and the Inspector Montalbano series have attracted more visitors in recent years and there are several sites such as the Tonnara di Scopello, and the local history museum in Castellammare, that have become popular as a result.
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Try a speciality of Sicily "Pane Cunzato": fresh bread, cheese, tomato and anchovies.
Pretty Scopello village is home to a couple of small bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a relaxed evening atmosphere with locals and other tourists, whilst a few minutes away in Castellammare del Golfo there are a number of larger bars and clubs for a more vibrant nightlife.
Visit the wine cellars of Marsala to learn about the production of the famous dessert wine as well as sampling and pairing it to local Sicilian dishes.
Take a boat around the naturally beautiful Zingaro Reserve to the an Vito Lo Capo beach whose white sand and crystal clear waters has earned its nickname the Sicilian Caribbean!
The Zingaro Nature Reserve is renouned for its deep blue waters, hidden coves, ancient sea caves and impressive flora and fauna. Scopello lies just south of the entrance to the reserve where there is a car park and a coastal track that can be hiked in order to reach some fantastic view points and see protected wildlife such as the Bonelli Eagle and many species of Orchid.
Take a day trip to nearby Trapani and marvel at its baroque palaces and churches before wandering the streets and enjoying a coffee and panino in one of many pavement cafés and restaurants.
A number of films have shot scenes in the area surrounding the village of Scopllo, including Hollywood blockbuster Ocean's Twelve. Now there is a small museum in the centre of Castellammare del Golfo that plays homage to cinema and the famous local landscape.
Walk along the harbour at Castellammare del Golfo and enjoy a nice meal with the ancient sea fortress as a backdrop. Once the most important fortress of Western Sicily, today the tower is home to an interesting museum about the area of Catellammare and underwater archaeology.
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.
Visit La Tonnara di Scopello - the medieval tuna fishing house built of old stone and located on the rocky coast just outside Scopello. Used to receive the hauls of Tuna in the annual fishing spree until 1981 and now preserved as a museum to the areas fishing history.
Bike hire, Fishing, Bird watching, Horse riding
Pedaloes, Scuba diving, Snorkelling
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.
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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.
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