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LILYBEO VILLAGE

Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to MARSALA Mazara del Vallo Paceco Trapani

GROTTE DI MARETTIMO

GROTTE DI MARETTIMO  Apri
Loc. FAVIGNANA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Marsala, Paceco, Trapani
  Brochure PDF
The most distant of the islands Egadi , Marettimo is definitely the most wild and unspoiled , ideal for those who love to immerse themselves in nature. The geomorphology of the island means that there are few beaches within easy reach from the ground, but rather small pebble coves accessible by boat . The sea is now very deep and subject to strong currents , which is why scuba diving and snorkeling are recommended in good and experienced swimmers, or being accompanied by a local guide . The fastest way to take the discovery of the island is definitely the journey by boat. Marettimo has about 400 emerged and submerged caves . Surely the most missed are : the Cave of the Camel, which takes its name from a rock shaped like a camel with a large cavern with a small pebble beach , the Grotto of Thunder , characterized by deep waters of a beautiful, deep blue , which takes its name from the sound produced from the sea inside the Grotto of the Nativity , particularly striking for the stalactites and stalagmites of particular forms in which popular imagination has seen pictures of the crib , the Grotto Perciata , with its rocks seem almost smooth , the Grotto of the Bombard , so named for its characteristic breath that is created during storms within a small fessura.Imperdibili are pebble beaches and small bays and sandy coves , there Marettimo are different , such as the pebble beach at the foot of the promontory of Punta; always in Puntawe find the loop of Call Master, with its pebbly shore , is then mentioned the beautiful Cala Bianca , the sparkling waters and with a small beach , near the lighthouse is instead located the Cala Black . Do not miss the dive to the wreck of the '600 located in Punta Libeccio , 15 meters deep. Another splendid dive is the Cathedral , near tip Bassana , plunging to a depth of 28 meters opens the mouth of the cave with a sandy bottom . The richness and clarity of the sea of Marettimo allows you to fully enjoy its beauty even by simply snorkeling.

DUOMO DI ERICE

DUOMO DI ERICE  Apri
Loc. ERICE TRAPANI, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
33 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Trapani, Paceco, Custonaci
  Brochure PDF
The church was built in the first decades of the fourteenth century according to the project architect Antonio Musso ( or Russian ) . Of pure Gothic style , the architecture of the building was affected by influences Chiaramontani , which gave a vibrant decor and unique characteristics to the original prospectus , which was devoid of limestone porch and stairs , both posthumously and dating from the fifteenth and the eighteenth century. The interior of the church for centuries retained its original appearance , to the restoration of the nineteenth century . The plant is of a basilica with three naves , separated by two long rows of tall pillars of calcareous tufa , which underlie the pointed arches . The vault of the chapel was decorated with mosaics and the interior appeared , than it is today , a different arrangement of the altars. The main altar in the center of the transept, the figure of the Madonna of the Assumption, patron of the church , surrounded by bas-reliefs depicting the Holy Evangelists niches . In 1852 began the restoration work that turned into a real makeover , which lasted nearly a decade. Svisamento were saved by the perimeter walls , the exterior , the ancient volumetric ratios of the Interior and the upward tension typical of Gothic architecture. The external portal clearly inspired by Catalan , decorated with diamond studs , is surmounted by a large window that opens over a long cut away the outer wall . Mammelliforme a dome surmounts the building . The restoration works include the dehumidification of masonry rising moisture , restoring plaster interior walls finished in stucco , replacement of dilapidated fixtures or deemed not suitable for the architectural features of the building and repair of those stranded . There are works of rabboccatura and Pointing of joints of the base section of the exterior walls and flooring around the outer perimeter of the church and resurfacing of the churchyard . The restoration project also includes the restoration of the roof, the consolidation of the rose window of the facade, the repair of the main door , the recovery of the decorations of the columns, the restoration of the pillars of the porch , the unmount of the marble altars and their cataloging the remount .

VALLI TRAPANESI DOP

VALLI TRAPANESI DOP  Apri
Loc. TRAPANI TP, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
30 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 6 mt. a.s.l.  Area Paceco, Erice, Custonaci
  Brochure PDF
The territory that extends to the area of production of extra virgin olive oil DOP Valli Trapanesi affects the province of Trapani. The olives used to produce the oil DOP Valli Trapanesi varieties native Cerasuola and Nocellara Belice: Odor: Net oil with any herbaceous Taste: fruity with a slight spicy and bitter color: green with any golden reflections . Around the fifteenth century AD, in the area of Trapani was recorded an increase in production of olive oil as a result of a strong migration of Jews to Trapani which increased oil demand, given the importance of the derivative in the religious celebrations, but even for the same Jewish cuisine. In that period also influenced the growth of oil production in the use of the mills and for the olives for the milling of sugar cane and torchiare grapes.

CASTELLO DELLA COLOMBAIA

CASTELLO DELLA COLOMBAIA  Apri
Loc. TRAPANI - SICILIA  Navigatore
30 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Paceco, Erice, Marsala
The Dovecote, also known as the Tower or Castle Peliade sea, Trapani is an old medieval fortress, situated on a small island at the eastern end of the port of Trapani. It is 32 meters high, consists of four superimposed levels, combined with the first tank, and the original entrance was on the second floor. It is one of the best examples of military architecture in Sicily. The Dovecote is not a real castle, has been used for many activities, currently: The castle has a dock in front of the building. The building itself is composed of an octagonal tower. More than a building might be called a guard post there is a narrow paved now discovered previously. The road runs along the right side of the building itself, from the left is a headstone. The road leads behind the main building, there is a courtyard, and at the end of the courtyard two chapels, used as deposits in World War II. In the left side of the courtyard there is a second pier was unsafe. The main building consists of 4 floors above the other, there are windows and a balcony rail, there is also a staircase, half-destroyed and impassable. Now the island on which the castle stands is completely abandoned and the main building is unsafe, all entrances and exits to the castle were walled up to prevent curious people risk their lives, including access to the chapels of the courtyard was Codest chapels are also limited because they unsafe, finally also the platform on the left side of the courtyard is unsafe and awaiting restoration. Some legends connect the Dovecote with the Trojan exiles landed in Trapani after the fall of their city in the thirteenth century BC, but there is no evidence of this fact. The first historical documents do, however, go up the fort at the time of the First Punic War by the Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca. The current name Dovecote is the of the name of the small island in the Greek language, Peliades, dove, Columba livia specifically, from which comes the name of alternative tower Peliade. In 249 B.C. took place in Trapani major naval battle that saw the Romans defeated the Carthaginians hard. Two years later, the Roman consul Numerius Fabio Buteone attacked and conquered the island in a single night of Dovecote, ing all its occupants. After the Roman conquest of the tower was abandoned and was reduced to a nest of doves, which had been used as communication. During that time it was probably the seat of pagan worship of the goddess Venus, Erice, which doves were sacred animal. The Arabs in restaurarne use as a lighthouse. It was during the Middle Ages, which is being rebuilt by the Aragonese in the current octagonal shape. It was enlarged in 1400, and became a fortress during the reign of Charles V, to defend the city from barbarian raids. The latest changes suffered the nell'XVII century by order of the viceroy Don Claudio Lamoraldo, Prince of Ligny. On the outside wall of the tower you can still read the plaque that was put up in 1671 by the Prince. Abandoned the military target, was turned into a prison by the Bourbons after the riots of 1821 and until 1860 housed the Sicilian patriots of the Risorgimento, including Michael Fardrum, Baron Mokarta, who was mayor of Trapani in 1861. It was used as a prison until to 1965, when it opened the new prison of Trapani, then fall into a state of neglect. In the nineties it was restored the tower unsafe, while the rest of the castle the Regional Superintendence of Cultural Heritage could not intervene because it belongs to the state land. In 2009, he was identified by the Italian Fund for the Environment as a Place of the hearts of Italians, as the monument in a state of disrepair and neglect, had no restoration. Only 3 December 2010, the decree of the 'Dovecote' was signed by the President of the Republic, thus transferring the asset from the State to the Region of Sicily, who announced the restoration.

AREA ARCHEOLOGICA SEGESTA

AREA ARCHEOLOGICA SEGESTA  Apri
Loc. AREA ARCHEOLOGICA SEGESTA, CONTRADA BARBARO S.P. 68, CATALFIMI SEGESTA TP, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Castellammare del Golfo, Alcamo, San Vito lo capo
It was called Segesta ancient city, no longer inhabited, founded by the Elimi and located in the northwestern part of Sicily. The old city is located on Mount Barbaro, in the municipality of Calatafimi Segesta, about ten kilometers from Alcamo and Castellammare del Golfo. Of particular beauty are the temple in Doric style, and the theater, partly carved into the rock of the hill. The date of foundation is not known, but documents show that the city was inhabited in the fourth century BC The greek historian Thucydides tells us that the Trojan refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea, they came up in Sicily, and founded Segesta, call Aegesta, and Erice. These refugees took the name of Elimi. According to the myth, Segesta was founded by Aceste (who was the first king), son of the noble Trojan Egesta and the river god Crimiso. Virgil brings the legend that Segesta was founded by Aeneas to rest the old men and women, after they had set fire to the ship shortly before resuming the journey. It was in 104 B.C. Segesta which began the slave revolts in Sicily, the so-called servile wars, led by Atenione. These revolts were bloodily suppressed by the Romans in 99 aCSegesta was destroyed by the Vandals in the fifth century, and never rebuilt in the size of the previous period. Nevertheless, there remained a small settlement, and after the expulsion of the Arabs, the Normans built a castle there. This expanded in the Swabian period, was the center of a medieval village. He then almost lost its name until 1574, when the Dominican historian Thomas Fazello, creator of the identification of several ancient cities of Sicily, he located the site.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE COFANO

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE COFANO  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE COFANO, CUSTONACI TP, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
43 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area San Vito lo capo, Castellammare del Golfo, Erice
Mount Hood is a promontory formed by the lifting of massive marine limestone deposits in the Triassic period: the numerous fossils of animals that have helped to establish the framework of this high mountain 659 m above sea level The calcareous nature of the mountain the whole determines its morphology: the rocky spiers of the most high, steep embankments, coastal southern slopes that sbrecciandosi, give rise to a thick blanket of sediment that accumulates at the base of the mountain forming the so-called environments breccia.

ISOLA LA SCUOLA

ISOLA LA SCUOLA  Apri
Loc. ISOLA LA SCUOLA, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
13 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 1 mt. a.s.l.  Area Paceco, Trapani, Erice
The school, or simply School, is an island situated in the territory of Marsala Italian town in the province of Trapani in Sicily. The School is the smallest of the islands of the Lagoon (oval shape of about 80 50 m), located between Mothya and the Big Island. During the Roman period there was a school of rhetoric, from which the name derives. Currently there are three buildings of the thirties and a cistern, all in a state of neglect. The island is owned by the town of Marsala.

GROTTA MANGIAPANE

GROTTA MANGIAPANE  Apri
Loc. VIA SCURATI, CUSTONACI TP, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
42 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 58 mt. a.s.l.  Area Erice, San Vito lo capo, Castellammare del Golfo
Grotta Mangiapane Site of Archaeological , Historical , Anthropological Ethno , home of the Nativity and the Art Museum of Rural Life. The cave Mangiapane also called Cave Uffizi is one of the most important caves of the Trapani area. At an altitude of 55-60 meters above sea level in Scurati, high about 70 meters deep and 50, it was inhabited since the Palaeolithic period. The first studies were conducted by the Marquis Guido Dalla Rosa in 1870 and in 1925 by Raimond Vaufrey. Among the many prehistoric remains were found teeth and bones of animals, worked flints, obsidian and rock paintings are still kept at the museum Pepoli in Trapani, the Museum of Prehistory of the Tower of Ligny and the Ethno-anthropological museum in Paris. Inhabited until the early 50s by the family Mangiapane, today the cave is the natural home of the Nativity and the Living Museum.

TEATRO GRECO DI SEGESTA

TEATRO GRECO DI SEGESTA  Apri
Loc. SEGESTA, CONTRADA BARBARO S.P. 68, CATALFIMI SEGESTA, TRAPANI, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
38 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Calatafimi, Alcamo, San Vito lo capo
The theater is a theater of Segesta greek ancient city of Segesta in the archaeological site of Segesta Calatafimi, Italian town in the province of Trapani in Sicilia.Il theater, which can be dated around the middle of the fourth century BC (or II BC) is placed at the top of Mount Barbaro, opposite to that of the temple, about 440 meters high. Although not Segesta was a Greek city, the theater of the Greek canon. Seven wedges divide the seats of the spectators. The separations are done in travertine. The horizontal division of the theater (diazoma) allowed the shift of viewers from section to section of the theater. The upper zone is partially destroyed, and very little is also the scene, according to scholars who would have been decorated with columns and pillars. The auditorium has a diameter of 63.60 m. The theater could accommodate over 4,000 people. Restored, it is regularly used for theater performances.

ERICE

ERICE  Apri
Loc. 91016 ERICE PROVINCE OF TRAPANI, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
33 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 753 mt. a.s.l.  Area Trapani, Paceco, Custonaci

La cittadina e' posta sulla vetta di un monte isolato, all''estremita' nord occidentale della Sicilia, e dista 15 km da Trapani. A 750 m. sul livello del mare, Erice si trova in una splendida posizione panoramica e nelle giornate limpide e' possibile individuare l''Etna all''orizzonte: la citta' si e' affermata ormai come una delle principali mete turistiche siciliane. Meravigliosa sintesi di arte, storia e paesaggio, la cittadina di Erice conserva praticamente intatto il suo centro medievale, perfettamente integrato con la morfologia del monte ed armoniosamente fuso con la splendida natura circostante. L''impianto urbano ha perfetta forma triangolare ed e' delimitato sul lato occidentale da mura ciclopiche, interrotte da torrioni e da tre porte normanne: porta Spada, porta del Carmine e porta Trapani. A sud-est dell''abitato si trova il bellissimo giardino del Balio, all''interno del quale svetta il castello Pepoli, costruito in eta' normanna e largamente modificato nel XIX sec. per essere trasformato in villa. Risale invece al XII sec. il castello di Venere: una tipica fortezza medievale costruita nell''area ove un tempo doveva sorgere l''antico santuario di Venere Ericina.

WWF: OASI LAGO PREOLA E GORGHI TONDI

WWF: OASI LAGO PREOLA E GORGHI TONDI  Apri
Loc. MAZARA DEL VALLO TRAPANI, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
14 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Castelvetrano, Marsala, Calatafimi
  Brochure PDF
The WWF Preola and Gorghi Round Lake is a set of lakes, karst . natural brackish lake . The whole area is of strategic importance for migratory birds . The Oasis is located in the town of Mazara del Vallo (Tp ) . The Regional Reserve of Lake Preola and Gorghi Tondi is a particular area , in many ways unusual . Precisely for this reason and for the scenery that surrounds it is a place of great natural and landscape value , a set of lakes of karst origin for the presence of valuable waterfowl. environment It is a wetland of karstic placed in the territory of Mazara del Vallo (TP) , formed by natural brackish ponds of water , known historically Cantarro lakes , surrounded by cordons of marsh vegetation and the Mediterranean vegetation , which covers good of the ridges calcarenitic . The extension of the nature reserve is about 335 hectares, divided into two zones , A and B. The entire area of strategic importance for migratory birds , is part of an SPA , Lakes of Preola Gorghi Round skiing Mazara and Pantano Leone. Starting from the north - west to south -east follow each other in succession five basins Murana the swamp , the lake and the three Preola Gorghi round , high medium and low. All ' inside of' oasis agricultural landscape is characterized by traditional crops , mainly olive trees and vineyards . curiosity Flora and fauna The cords of marsh vegetation surrounding the ponds are ideal habitats for flora and fauna, with the presence of aquatic plants such as marsh straw , the Scirpo , the cattail, sedge and reed. Stand out above the ridges instead plant associations in Kermes oak , olive and mastic is also a dense holm oak forest relict in the locality of Cantarro . The environments of the oasis, during the spring and autumn , are frequented by several species of ducks : mallard, teal, wigeon, tufted duck and ferruginous duck , pintail, teal , also from the coot, moorhen from the little grebe . and the great crested grebe . Significant , also , the presence of herons as the bittern , night heron , gray heron , egret and Rails as the water rail and crake . In spring, the period required for the trekking and bird watching , you can see the sultan chicken , glossy ibis , the spoonbill , the stork the white turkish Pochard duck and marbled .

TRAPANI

TRAPANI  Apri
Loc. TRAPANI, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
31 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Paceco, Erice, Custonaci
  Brochure PDF

Trapani e' uno dei capoluoghi di provincia della regione Sicilia e si trova nella parte nord-occidentale dell'isola sopra una penisola stretta delimitata dal Monte Erice e da una lunga distesa di saline. Si trova nella costa dei tre golfi (Bonagia, Cofano e Castellammare). Originariamente fu colonia dei Cartaginesi, poi fu sotto il dominio dei Greci (col nome Drepanon) e poi nel III secolo a.c. Divenne romana. Successivamente fu conquistata dai Bizantini e poi dagli Arabi grazie ai quali trascorse un lungo periodo di prosperita e di sviluppo economico ed artistico. Anche con i Normanni la citta continuo la sua prosperita economica. Successivamente fu dominata dagli Aragonesi, dagli Spagnoli ed infine dai Borboni. Trapani e' una localita turistica in espansione grazie alle sue bellezze naturali formate da bellissime scogliere e faraglioni. Da vedere: Santuario dell'Annunziata: questo santuario e' stato costruito nel XIV secolo ma ha subito dei rimaneggiamenti e degli ingrandimenti nel corso dei secoli successivi. La facciata presenta un bellissimo portone gotico ed un altrettanto splendido e particolare rosone. La chiesa venne restaurata nel 1741 e della nuova costruzione si puo ammirare il bellissimo campanile. All'interno di questa chiesa si torva la famosa statua in marmo della Madonna di Trapani. Isole Egadi: arcipelago appartenente alla provincia di Trapani formato dalle tre isole maggiori Favignana, Marettimo, Levanzo e dalle due isole minori Formica e Maraone. Questa isole sono caratterizzate da acque limpide, bellissime coste, baie e grotte. Il termine 'Egadi' significa favorevole (o propizio): forse per indicare il clima particolarmente favorevole e la pescosita del mare. Questo arcipelago possiede una storia molto antica: sono state insediate sin dalla preistoria ed in seguito molto conosciute nell'eta classica. Fontana di Saturno: questa fontana venne costruita nel 1342 per ricordare la costruzione dell'acquedotto chiamato 'Chiaromontano'. Si trova in piazza Saturno vicino al palazzo comunale e alla cattedrale (chiesa di Sant'Agostino). Sopra la fontana vi e' la statua di Saturno, fondatore della citta nella mitologia. Pantelleria: isola vulcanica sotto la provincia di Trapani (dista circa 50 km) molto ricca di sorgenti termali. Era chiamata Cossyra dagli antichi Greci ed in seguito conquistata dai Fenici, Cartaginesi e Romani. Molto importanti sono i 'Sesi' dei monumenti funerari dell'eta del bronzo e le caratteristiche abitazioni a forma cubica (i 'dammusi'): sono di origine araba fatti in pietra e con il tetto a terrazza. Duomo (Chiesa di Sant'Agostino): questa chiesa si trova in piazza Saturno, e' stata costruita nel 1635 su una piu antica chiesa trecentesca. Presenta una facciata in stile barocco e posside un portale ed un rosone che appartengono alla vecchia chiesa trecentesca. L'interno e' strutturato su tre navate con colonnati ed una bellissima cupola.

TEMPIO DI SEGESTA

TEMPIO DI SEGESTA  Apri
Loc. CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO - SICILIA  Navigatore
42 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area San Vito lo capo, Custonaci, Calatafimi
The temple, sometimes called the Big Temple , was built during the last thirty years of the fifth century BC, on top of a hill west of the city , outside its walls . It is a great temple periptero hexastyle (ie with six columns on the shorter side , not grooved ) . On the long side instead presents fourteen columns ( a total of 36 then ) . The current state of conservation presents the entire columns of the peristasi complete whole trabeation. Despite the constructive elements and proportions of the building relate clearly to the classical period of Greek architecture , the temple has unique aspects on which the historiography does not express opinions unanimous . In the 80s are the remains of the foundation of the cell, buried inside the temple , along with traces of earlier buildings ( which suggests that the temple was built on a sacred place even earlier .) Therefore the hypothesis prevailing view is that the temple was never finished, probably due to war events that involved the city for a long time , and that cell coverage and have never been realized. This hypothesis is also supported by the lack of grooves of the columns and by the presence , especially on the blocks of crepidoma , of clues that is of protuberances intended and protect the block during commissioning work that would have been chipped off in the finishing phase . The temple so he should have a broad cell distylous preceded by a pronaos in antis and a symmetrical opisthodomos on the back . The colonnade , with equal spacing on all sides , presents the canonical double contraction of intercolumni terminals to resolve the conflict angular as well as other typical optical devices such as curvature of the horizontal lines and the design of the decorative frieze leaking, at least in part its dependence on the colonnade . These characteristics show a derivation from evolutionary models penthouses at the end of the fifth century BC and in particular from the temple of the Athenians to Delos , to whom also refer decorative elements .

RISERVA NATURALE DI MONTE COFANO

RISERVA NATURALE DI MONTE COFANO  Apri
Loc. CUSTONACI - SICILIA  Navigatore
43 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 209 mt. a.s.l.  Area San Vito lo capo, Castellammare del Golfo, Erice
The reserve of Mount Hood is certainly one of the most interesting natural attractions of the coast of Trapani. A sea of blue indefinite beautifully frames the enchanting Mediterranean landscape. For those who enjoy hiking or mountain biking, an easy path, allowing you to make the circumnavigation of the mountain. For the more daring, and with good athletic ability is proposed to climb to the summit (659 meters). Once on top you can admire a breathtaking view that spans 360 degrees. Truly a unique experience! If the trip takes place in the middle of summer is recommended, strongly, to avoid the hottest hours and always carry water. The territory of the Reserve lies on a promontory which has characteristics dolomite rock of the Jurassic period, and is completely covered by the typical Mediterranean vegetation. The green dwarf palms and clumps of choreographic Ampelodesma (called Disa) are scattered along the trail. The rock walls are rugged and steep, especially on the north-west, and passed Punta del Saraceno in the southwest, ping into the sea, creating small and delightful coves. A trail of Forestry comes almost near the top, starting from Piano Alastre. Also interesting are the two towers that are encountered along the way and who were part of the tem of fortifications, wanted by the Bourbon kingdom, to defend the coast of Sicily. Torre San Giovanni, on the side of Custonaci and Tower of tone, on the slope overlooking San Vito Lo Capo.

WWF: OASI SALINE DI TRAPANI E PACECO

WWF: OASI SALINE DI TRAPANI E PACECO  Apri
Loc. PACECO - SICILIA  Navigatore
27 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Trapani, Erice, Marsala
  Brochure PDF
The salt pans of Trapani are a remnant of nature deeply revisited by man. A landscape, a place of production , an aesthetic appeal . The Oasis is located in the town of Nubia - Paceco and Trapani. A journey through the tanks, canals , windmills, beams , a play of colors at sunset are the most beautiful in the Mediterranean . Walking along the canals of the salt pans of Trapani, the only sounds audible are those of the waves and the seagulls. The rest is just horizons , mountains of salt, and birds in flight. environment The salt pans of Trapani , one of the last remaining active in Sicily, consist of pools of different sizes and depths, where in the summer, through a game of layers, channels and passages of water, it causes a rapid evaporation seawater and the subsequent crystallization of the salt. They represent a unique habitat for a precious birds and plants , offering hospitality to many communities and species ( animals and plants, macroscopic and microscopic , endemic and widely distributed ) united by the peculiar dependence on this type of habitat. Flora and fauna The environment of the salt is the kingdom of Chenopodiaceae : along the banks of ponds and brackish marshes temporary , this family of flowering plants flaunts its wealth of species belonging to several genera. The area is home to several species of salt-tolerant plants , among which the fungus mortar , bushy statice , calendula maritima , Limonium Ponzo , Lojacono of lavender , lavender spikes in dense , lavender salt pan, wallflowers Wild, esparto grass steppe , birdsfoot beaches. Among the birds , spatula, flamingo, great white heron , glossy ibis , wigeon, pochard , teal , mallard pintail , the nesting knight of Italy, Kentish Plover , Little Tern , Shelduck , rosy gull , redshank, avocet .

ISOLA SANTA MARIA

ISOLA SANTA MARIA  Apri
Loc. MARSALA - SICILIA  Navigatore
15 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 5 mt. a.s.l.  Area Paceco, Trapani, Erice
The Santa Maria Island is an island situated in the territory of Marsala Italian town in the province of Trapani in Sicily. The island Santa Maria is an island north of the mini archipelago of the Lagoon, in the form of a string. The name comes from the sanctuary of Santa Maria Valleverde.

ISOLA DI SAN PANTALEO

ISOLA DI SAN PANTALEO  Apri
Loc. ISOLA SAN PANTALEO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
14 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 4 mt. a.s.l.  Area Paceco, Trapani, Erice
The island of San Pantaleo, formerly known as Mothya (or even Mothya, Motya or Motye, in ancient greek), is an island of the Lagoon of Marsala. The island was situated the ancient Phoenician city of the same name. The island is located off the western coast of Sicily, between the Big Island and the mainland, and belongs to the Whitaker Foundation. The island stretches for almost forty-five acres, as shown by the land registry and shows an almost circular shape; is at the center of the so-called Lagoon of Marsala, which since 1984 is the regional natural reserve of the Islands of the Lagoon of Marsala, enclosed in the Sicilian coast north of Marsala and the Big Island. On the island the sea level has risen by about half a meter above the Phoenician period, and therefore part of the archaeological remains is submerged. The subsoil consists of a calcareous rock soft, crumbly, yellow, surmounted by a small layer of limestone rock hard enough. Access to the island is only allowed two private piers, which not only connect it to the mainland Mothya allow you to visit the other islands of the Lagoon. The island belongs to the Whitaker Foundation, and although it is open to the public and can be visited during the opening hours, is the prohibition of unauthorized landing. In ancient road connecting the mainland to the island of Cape San Teodoro and the extreme northern tip moziese today the same way it is submerged, and is no longer viable due to erosion, algae and Posidonia.

CASTELLO DI VENERE

CASTELLO DI VENERE  Apri
Loc. ERICE - SICILIA  Navigatore
33 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 721 mt. a.s.l.  Area Trapani, Paceco, Custonaci
On the ruins of the sanctuary, the Normans built their castle, the fulcrum of a defensive tem that included the towers of Balio - from Bajulo as it was called the magistrate who represented the king and who resided with his court in the castle - which constitute the advanced fortifications. The castle, built on the cliff of themenos in the twelfth century, was connected to the plane, the lower, the towers, a drawbridge, then replaced by the steps that still runs to reach. Inside were found - and, also, unfortunately, lost - architectural elements to support the historic route, mainly related to the reconstruction of the medieval fortress, where they had been reused fragments of the ancient sanctuary, and the rebuilding of the temple in Roman Roman. The origins of Erice - Iruka for Elymi, Erech to the Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans for Eryx - certain what city elima, probably date back to the Sicani and, as always, are inextricably linked to the cult of the Goddess: even before it was dedicated by the Phoenician Astarte, what was the themenos, the sanctuary of Aphrodite, the temple of Venus Erice, was already the place of the goddess of love. A place that would draw on this peak populations from around the Mediterranean and where, according to Diodorus, Erice, son of Bute. one of the Argonauts of Jason, and Aphrodite herself, had erected the temple dedicated to her mother, and founded the city. Over time, the cult of Venus Erice, to which passing sailors were particularly devout thanks to the beautiful Ierodule, young prostitutes sacred to the goddess dispenser of voluptuousness, grew along with his fame and his wealth: Thucydides refers to the gifts made to the Goddess, jars, cups and rich household ... by pilgrims and Diodorus attributes to Daedalus escaped from Crete, creating a golden ram dedicated to Aphrodite. In any case, it is clear that a place like Erice, in a privileged geographical position entirely to the extremely wide viewing, plus fortified and protected effectively, were to take the power that the interest of people who succeeded attributed to the sanctuary-fortress. Among these the Romans, who defeated the Carthaginians, is appropriated the place and the cult of Venus, long popular in many Mediterranean cities, rebuilt the temple on the ruins left by the war, returning to its former glory Erice, and erected in Rome, first, a small temple on the Capitoline Hill, and, in 181 BC, a larger one at Port Hill, dedicated to the goddess of Erice. The consideration for the Empire Erice was to put as to establish, to protect the themenos Erice, a garrison of soldiers and that the cities most loyal of Sicily should also support economically worship. Indeed, the city and its territory will be cited by Virgil writes of how Aeneas stopped in these places and wanted to be buried near the shrine father, Anchises, before sailing for New York where he founded Rome: this myth bound, therefore, to kinship eliminated and Romans, both descended from Venus, mother of Aeneas is that of Erice ... To her, helping to enrich the treasure of the temple, gave gifts governors, magistrates, senior military until, decreased maritime traffic and with them the financial viability of Sicily, worship, already depleted by being practiced in what was became a military center, was defeated by the advance of Catholicism. After the Roman period, that of maximum splendor, Erice succeeded Byzantines, Saracens - with the latter was called Gebel al Hamid - and Norman: Roger de Hauteville christened the village and the area Monte San Giuliano, in honor of the saint who was intervened, on horseback and with a pack of dogs, to give a hand to his soldiers against Arabs. That regretfully left the fortress and, above all, the women of Venus: Allah the merciful face of the slaves of the Muslims, he wrote, in 1185, Ibn Giubayr.

VALLE DEL BELICE

VALLE DEL BELICE  Apri
Loc. CASTELVETRANO - SICILIA  Navigatore
37 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 3 mt. a.s.l.  Area Mazara del Vallo, Contessa Entellina, Ribera
  Brochure PDF
The oil Valle del Belice, extra virgin olive oil is a denomination of protected origin. The Belice valley is an area of the province of Trapani represented by the municipalities of Castelvetrano (the more common), Campobello di Mazara, Gibellina, Santa Ninfa, Partanna and other minors. This area is united by the prevalence, especially in the municipalities of Castelvetrano and Campobello, the Nocellara del Belice, a cultivar dual purpose, that is capable of producing both table olives and for olio.Si is an extra virgin olive oil produced by at least 70% from olives of the variety called Nocellara Belice. The oil has a maximum acidity of 0.50% and a density of average value. Its color is green with yellow gold and has a scent of olive just shattered with hints of grass. Its flavor is fruity, just slightly bitter and spicy with a hint of almond, artichoke and green tomato. The production of Valle del Belice happens in the area of Valle del Belice obtained from the milling of the olives produced in the groves that fall in the municipalities of the province of Trapani: Gibellina, Poggioreale, Partanna, Castelvetrano, Campobello di Mazara, Salemi, Salaparuta and Santa Ninfa. He gained national recognition with DM September 29, 1998 published in the Official Gazette no. 250 of 26 October 1998 and the European registration with the EC Regulation. 2325/97 gazetted European L322 / 97 of 2 July 1997.

ISOLA GRANDE

ISOLA GRANDE  Apri
Loc. MARSALA - SICILIA  Navigatore
16 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 2 mt. a.s.l.  Area Paceco, Trapani, Erice
The Big Island, also known as the Long Island, is an island situated in the territory of Marsala Italian town in the province of Trapani in Sicily. It is the largest island of the mini archipelago of islands of the Lagoon. His training, rather recently, has given rise to the lagoon. It was made up of rocky islets, which joined to form the long island, probably due to the enlargement of the salt deposits much exploited since Phoenician times. For a map of the sixteenth century shows that it was made up of 5 islands (Friars Janni, Altavilla, Ravine, Sorci and San Todaro) connected by channels. There are now some salt mines have been abandoned, a forest and a few sandy beaches. It houses one of the few existing populations of Calendula maritima.

VAL DI MAZARA DOP

VAL DI MAZARA DOP  Apri
Loc. MAZARA DEL VALLO - SICILIA  Navigatore
15 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
Altitude: 10 mt. a.s.l.  Area Castelvetrano, Marsala, Calatafimi
  Brochure PDF
Val di Mazara (PDO) is an olive oil with Protected Designation of Origin is produced in the province of Palermo and Agrigento. Must be produced for at least 90% by: Biancolilla, Nocellara Belice, Cerasuola. The logo of the extra virgin olive Val di Mazara PDO is the region of Sicily with the highlighted area of production, the words DOP Val di Mazara over the region and Sicily below, all enclosed in an oval framed by a green background by two olive branches. Each package of extra virgin olive Val di Mazara PDO is marked with a code that provides all the information related to the origin of the product; by entering the code in a special area dedicated to tracking the site of DOP Val di Mazara (www.dopvaldimazara.it) can be traced back to the producer.

AREA ARCHEOLOGICA DI MOZIA

AREA ARCHEOLOGICA DI MOZIA  Apri
Loc. ISOLA SAN PANTALEO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
14 Km from LILYBEO VILLAGE
  Area Paceco, Trapani, Erice
At the extreme north-western tip of Sicily, almost in front of Marsala, the sea forms a lagoon, called the Lagoon closed to the west by Long and east by the mainland. At the center of the lagoon are the island of San Pantaleo, home of the Phoenician colony of Mothya and two other small islands of Santa Maria and the School. The city of Mothya satisfied the conditions typical of many Phoenician settlements: it was situated on a small island near the coast, surrounded by shallow water, then in a position to ensure it is a good defense against enemy attacks and at the same time to provide a safe berth for ships. Mothya, founded in the late eighth century. BC, for its central location due to its proximity to Africa and transit point for trade routes obliged to Spain, Sardinia and Central Italy, soon became one of the most flourishing Phoenician colonies in the Mediterranean. The presence of the Greeks in Sicily, with which the Phoenicians traded but not always friendly contacts, caused wars with ups and downs eventually caused the destruction of Mothya by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397a.C. Since then, the survivors moved to the Sicilian coast, founding the city of Marsala. The island, however, was not entirely uninhabited as evidenced by numerous archaeological evidence found during the excavations. The most significant finds of the excavations are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum Mothya therein created by Joseph Whitaker, a man of refined culture, a keen student of natural science, history and archeology, in the early years of this century, bought the island and we conducted the first tematic excavations. To this illustrious member of a wealthy English family who had industry and commerce in Sicily, was the first to push for fundamental knowledge and the enhancement of the archaeological heritage of Mothya

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to MARSALA Mazara del Vallo Paceco Trapani: 'GROTTE DI MARETTIMO'   'DUOMO DI ERICE'   'VALLI TRAPANESI DOP'   'CASTELLO DELLA COLOMBAIA'   'AREA ARCHEOLOGICA SEGESTA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE COFANO'   'ISOLA LA SCUOLA'   'GROTTA MANGIAPANE'   'TEATRO GRECO DI SEGESTA'   'ERICE'   'WWF: OASI LAGO PREOLA E GORGHI TONDI'   'TRAPANI'   'TEMPIO DI SEGESTA'   'RISERVA NATURALE DI MONTE COFANO'   'WWF: OASI SALINE DI TRAPANI E PACECO'   'ISOLA SANTA MARIA'   'ISOLA DI SAN PANTALEO'   'CASTELLO DI VENERE'   'VALLE DEL BELICE'   'ISOLA GRANDE'   'VAL DI MAZARA DOP'   'AREA ARCHEOLOGICA DI MOZIA'  

SICILIA


Sicily is the largest Italian Island, separated from the continent by the Strait of Messina and lapped by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas. It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to all tastes ranging from nature to history and tradition. Nature seems to have endowed all of its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the Mediterranean Sea, with its incredible colours, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas. Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily, offers unique and intense sceneries, scents and flavours of an uncontaminated nature. Last but not least, are the great volcanoes, symbols of the irresistible exuberance of this incredibly charming region. The fascination of this region grows with the precious archeological vestiges that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily). The provinces of the region are: Palermo (regional capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani.