The ancient and fascinating village of Scopello located 40 km from the city of Trapani and 10 km from Castellammare del Golfo rises in one of the most suggestive natural and landscape contexts of western Sicily.
Set on a small cliff, it is a wild place, with a rural charm, linked to the traditions of the past..
The name Scopello derives from the Greek Skopelòs which means rock, in fact one of the main attractions are certainly the two wonderful stacks that dominate the landscape.
The village is very intimate and develops around the seventeenth-century Baglio with a quadrilateral shape, inside a small paved square where characteristic local activities arise all around, such as restaurants or craft shops. The village itself with its small square and a stone trough takes us back to a time long gone when this place was the scene of historical events.
According to some scholars, the beauty of the place was taken up by Homer, who set the last stage of Ulysses there, before returning to Ithaca: the Isola dei Feaci would be precisely the bay of Scopello. But there are also the legends and tales of the village's elders who tell of the hunting trips of Ferdinand III of Bourbon, king of the two Sicilies in the Scopello wood, once home to deer, wolves and wild boars, who elected it to the rank of royal reserve. There is also no shortage of fishermen's stories related to the tuna fishery and tuna fishing. Not very far from the Baglio there is in fact the Tonnara di Scopello, where centuries of culture and seafaring tradition are enclosed. According to authoritative sources, tuna fishing was practiced even before the advent of the Romans and, near the current tonnara, the mythical city of Cetaria extended, so called for the exceptional abundance of pelagic fish in its sea.
It is thought that the Arabs rebuilt it and used it, handing down this noble art over the centuries. The last slaughter of the Scopello tonnara took place in the eighties.
What characterizes and distinguishes these places are certainly the postcard scenarios: a reddish cliff overlooks a gulf bathed by a very transparent blue sea, from which two high stacks emerge that dominate the panorama. The remains of the ancient tonnara remain as evidence of the strong link with the sea that has marked the history of this village, and a bit of all of Sicily.
Small culinary info, if you pass by Scopello you must necessarily taste the typical cunzato bread famous throughout the province.
What to see in Scopello
The Tonnara of Scopello
Favignana -Tonnara Florio
The former Tuna-fish Establishment: Tonnara Florio
Favignana -Cala Rossa Bay
one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
Levanzo - Genoese Cave (Grotta del Genovese)
It was discovered in 1949 to the northwest by the small seaside village of Levanzo.
Favignana - Lovers’ Cave - Grotta degli Innamorati
A splendid cave, crystal clear sea, a romantic story.
Favignana - Cala Azzurra Bay
The bay that takes its name from the color of the sea
Favignana - Bue Marino Bay
One of the most particular dreams of Favignana.
Levanzo - Capo Grosso
The most suggestive cliff of the egadi
The nature reserve of the Saline Trapani and Paceco
The nature reserve that contains a thousand-year history.
The history of the Florio Family
A successful entrepreneurial dynasty
The butterfly-shaped island, wonder of the Egadi
Favignana - Beach of Lido Burrone
Lido Burrone, the equipped beach of Favignana.
Favignana - Cala San Nicola beach
Small beach on the south side.
Favignana - Grotta Perciata
A lovely place to immerse yourself in contact with nature.
Colicchia Pastry Ice cream Granita trapani
The historic Trapanese pastry and the granita that awakens the taste buds.
Sea, nature and history set in what is the pearl of the Mediterranean.
Cous Cous Fest San Vito Lo Capo
A fantastic combination of flavors and traditions
Castle of Santa Caterina Favignana
The Castle of Santa Caterina is the manor that dominates the island
Natural Reserve of Mountain Cofano
The perfect combination of history and nature
Zingaro Nature Reserve
One of the most magical corners of Sicily where land and sea dance in unison
San Vito Lo Capo City
The ideal destination for your holidays in Sicily.
Gioacchino Cataldo Last Rais of the Tonnara of Favignana
Gioacchino Cataldo was the last "rais", the eighth in the history of the Florio-owned plant.
Favignana - Beach of Scalo Cavallo
The beach born from an old tuff quarry
Discovering the "Medieval village of Erice"
Favignana - Praia Beach
beach near the center of the village
Favignana - Bay of Cala Rotonda
When Mother Nature creates wonders!
Island of Levanzo
Levanzo, the most romantic and small island of the Egadi
Cala Fredda (Fridda) Beach - Levanzo
Cala Fredda a small beach composed of rocks.
Cala Minnola Beach - Levanzo
The beach known for its pine forest overlooking the sea.
Favignana - Punta Longa Beach
Known for its enchanting and characteristic fishing harbour.
Favignana - Cala Grande Beach
Perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquility.
Scopello - La Tonnara
Place where sea and history meet in a unique beauty.
Scopello - Faraglioni beach
Little corner of paradise.
Scopello - Guidaloca beach
Seaside village of Castellammare del Golfo
One of the most wonderful seaside villages in Italy.