Built on the slopes of Monte Inici, it gives its name to the homonymous gulf which is bordered on one side by Capo Roma and on the other by Capo San Vito. Rich in tourism, viticulture and fishing, today it is one of the most important seaside resorts in Sicily and one of the most wonderful seaside villages in Italy. Within its territory it contains natural beauties without equal, such as the stacks of Scopello, the bay of Guidaloca, Terme Segestane and on the easternmost area the Zingaro nature reserve.
Of particular note are the traditional celebrations in honor of the patron saint, which take place every year from 19 to 21 August. The history of Castellammare is a very ancient one however, in fact it was born as Emporium Segestanorum, or "Port of nearby Segesta".
The terminology Empòrion was in fact used, in the ancient Mediterranean, to designate a seaside location for the unloading, sale and storage of goods.
It is said that the emporium already existed from the beginning of the 5th century, the existence of the latter is inferred from the writings of Herodotus, Diodorus Siculus and Thucydides but there is further confirmation from the geography of Strabone and Ptolemy. The Arabs took over the Elymians, they built the first nucleus of the "Castello a mare", contributed to the development of the town from all points of view.
But that emporium became Castellammare upon the arrival of the Normans who in fact called it "Castrum ad mare de Gulfo".
However Castellammare up to 1500 maintains its only commercial role. Only after a long time will it also begin to develop as a city.
Among all the beauties built by the various dominations, in addition to the Castello a Mare, built first by the Arabs and later fortified by the Normans, the Saracen watchtowers along the coast stand out. A complex of 4 towers, that of the Guida Loca bay, that of Bennista, the Scopello tower and the Doria tower. Today one of the most popular tourist destinations and paradise on earth, it offers a harmonious mix of mixed architecture and breathtaking natural beauty.
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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