Heading towards the most “African” part of the Island, we’ll visit Trapani district and its territory, a land where nature, history, landscapes and monuments merge. Visitors that like to plunge into this enchanting paradise, will experience vibrant feelings.
Segesta was one of the most important cities of the Elymians, people from peninsular culture and traditions, which, according to some ancient historians, came from Troy.
The town, highly influenced by hellenistic culture and architecture, played an important role among Sicilian and Mediterrenean coastal settlements, involving in its centuries-old hostility Selinus, Athens and Carthage.
In ancient Segesta, till nowadays, tourists have the possibility to admire: the Doric Temple, perfectly preserved but, for some unknown reasons, never completed and the Hellenistic-Roman Theater, dating back to the II century b.C.
On the Northern Akropolis, where the theater is set, there are the most recent remains: the Castle, the Mosque and the Church, built in 1442.
After the visit to Segesta we’ll head to Erice, amazing medieval town.
We’ll enter Porta Trapani, the ancient medieval gate set along the only surmountable slope of Mount Erice. From here to the Main Church, built in Gothic style at the beginning of XIV century on behalf of the Aragonese king Frederick II. Inside, the highly decorated stucco ceiling, is one of the finest examples of Neogothic style in Sicily. Next to the Church, the Belfry, also called King Fedrerick’s Tower, built at the end of XIII century on the remains of a former watch tower.
While walking through the typical alleys, we’ll stop at the well-known Grammatico’s Pastry Shop, famous for the “nunnery pastries”, made with almond flour in Maria Grammatico’s workshop: she learnt the secret of pastry making from the nuns in San Carlo’s convent. Next stop in Piazza Cordici, house to the Town Hall and the Civic Museum. Not far the ancient Saint Julian’s Church, which houses the impressive “Mysteries”, groups of statues in wood, canvas and glue, main characters in the Holy Friday Procession.
The last stop at the breathtaking Belvedere, from which it’s possible to have look at the Norman Castle ancient remains, built during the Norman Age on the same spot where there was a former pagan temple, dedicated to the cult of Venus. From the Belvedere again back to Porta Trapani: in the proximity, the cableway in few minutes takes people from Erice to Trapani, the city between the two seas.
What you’ll do
- Discover Segesta Archeological Park with its monumental Doric Temple
- Enjoy the amazing panorama from the Hellenistic-Roman Theatre
- Visit Erice, a medieval town rich with picturesque alleys
- Go to the breathtaking Belvedere and to the ancient Norman Castle
- Meeting point: piazza G. Verdi (Taxi parking. We’ll wait for you showing a welcome board: TourSharing).
- Meeting Time: 9:00 a.m.
- Sites: Segesta Archeological Park and Erice
- Number of people: max 12 (minimum 4 adults)
- Language: English
- Duration: 7 h