Lat: 38° 10' 29.94453" N - Long: 12° 44' 6.076011" E
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39 km from Trapani rises one of the most famous seaside resorts of Sicily, well known for the beauty of its white beach, elected in 2011 the best Italian beach (eighth in Europe).
In seven kilometers of coast saved by building speculation, nature, history and popular traditions create the unique scenery of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, established in 1981, the first established in Sicily: rugged beauty of the flora, unspoiled nature, the colors of the white coves and turquoise reflections of the sea, hypnotically attract tourists.
Despite a distant past, demonstrated by the presence of traces dating back to the Paleolithic, the present town developed at the end of the 18th century around the Sanctuary of St Vito: built around the 1300s as a small chapel, where it is said to be lived the saint, it became too small to receive and protect all the pilgrims from the bandits.
It was enlarged starting from the 15th century until it became a real small fortress-lodging.
Later, to further protect from pirate raids, numerous watch towers began to be built along the coasts.
The main towers were three but only two are still visible: Torre Scieri and Torre Isolidda.
At the beginning of the 1700s the first houses around the Sanctuary began to appear: that housing nucleus today is San Vito Lo Capo.
The town lives mainly on tourism.
Since 1998 the town has hosted the "Cous Cous Fest": an important international gastronomic competition that involves chefs from eight different countries, who face each other by proposing their own national couscous recipes.
It is in San Vito lo Capo that, in May, after a tour of all of Sicily, the Kite Festival comes to an end, where kites of international renown clash in acrobatic kite sessions to the sound of music.
Finally, to note the autumn event "Tempu ri capuna" organized to rediscover and promote stories and legends related to fishing and the sea with a review entirely dedicated to the culinary tradition of blue fish with meetings, scientific conferences and shows.
Today we discover...
Grifeo Castle of Partanna
One of the best preserved western Sicilian castles
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