Salemi

Province of Trapani

Salemi is a small Arab village which includes impressive cultural attractions such as the Norman Castle, the Civic Museum and two important archaeological sights.  

Founded in the IX century on the ruins of the ancient Halicyae village, Salemi was an Arab colony which achieved a great importance under the Norman domination when the king Ruggiero built a fortress and its castle. Like most of the villages of the area, Salemi was completely destroyed by the 1968 earthquake.

This amazing village provides impressive cultural attractions such as:

The Norman-Swabian castle is one of the most well preserved castle in Sicily, it has two watching towers designed with a square plan and  an other one built with a cylindrical shape.The Church and Jesuit College has a marvellous Baroque facade enriched by a series of column made by tuff. The Jesuit College also includes the Civic Museum which hosts important sacred works of art coming from the main churches of Salemi, destroyed by the 1968 earthquake. Here it is possible to admire charming frescos from the 1667 and some precious sculptures of the Fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.The Cathedral of San Miceli is a rare example of paleochristian church built in the second half of the IV century.The Museum of Breads, located in the Church of San Bartolomeo, displays a collection of different kind of bread baked during the main religious celebrations of the village.Visiting the Mafia Museum, it is possible to explore the history of Mafia through documents, pictures and videos about Cosa Nostra, the illegal development which spoiled the landscape of meny Sicilian cities and the orrible massacres occurred over the time.

Moreover Salemi has two important archaeological sights:

The Archaeological area of Monte Polizzo, where there are the ruins of the old Halicuae city and the Archaeological site of Mokarta which includes special findings of a village dating back to the XII century. If you want to discover more about the archaeological findings of this area you can visit the Fornace Santangelo where there is a permanent exhibition about the archaeological digs of Salemi.

People live here:

10.647

Typical food:

Spaghetti dolci;

Attractions:

Sagra della Busiata  food festival;

La Cacciata: it is the wheat festival;

Trofeo Podistico Pani ed Altari a sport festival;

How to get there:

From “Falcone e Borsellino” airport of Palermo:

take A29 to Trapani- Mazara del Vallo, exit Gibellina-Salemi

From “Vincenzo Florio” airport of Trapani-Birgi:

take the autostrada to Marsala, then SS188 to Salemi (30Km)

Accommodations:

B&B Portagibli 3 *

http://www.portagibli.com/

Country House Clementi

http://www.agriturismoclementi.it/

Country House Sette Soldi 4 *

http://www.agrisettesoldi.it/

B&B Conte Umberto

Via Amendola Giovanni, 172, 91018 Salemi TP

Ph. 0039 0924 982062

Hotel Mokarta 3 *

http://www.mokarta.it/index.php

Hotel Baglio Borgesati 3 *

http://www.baglioborgesati.it/

Restaurants:

 

Ardigna Ristorante

C/da Ardigna, 91018

Mobile: 0039 368 722 3269;

Ristorante La Capannuzza

Contrada Bovarella, 44/A

Mobile: 0039 338 816 5429;

 

 

Le Botteghe del Sindaco

Via Amendola Giovanni, 187,

Ph: 0039 0924 64921;

Ristorante Cotto&Mangiato

Via Manfredo Cremona, 5, 91018

Ph: 0039 0924 981298;

Ristorante pizzeria Valentino

Contrada Gorgazzo, Salemi

Ph: 0039 0924 981039;

Ristorante Eclisse

C/da Gorgazzo n° 751/a, 91018

Ph: 0039 0924 65369;

Beaches:

Castellammare del Golfo;

Scopello;

Alcamo Marina;

Mazara del Vallo;

Granitola Torretta;

Triscina;

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