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A trip to Sicily – Pt 3: Back in Time in Segesta

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet!

In the last entry, we left the beautiful city of Palermo behind us and headed West. Today’s article will dive into the history of the island. On the way to Trapani, on the West side of the island, lies one of the best preserved and least known temples in all of Sicily.

Segesta was an ancient Greek city with a Dorian temple. The site is still fairly unknown for tourists, that is why you will be skipping the crowds you find at the Valley of Temples in Agrigento.

If you climb up to the acropolis, you’ll be in the Greek agorá and you’ll have a great view over the entire valley and the majestic temple.

view on Segesta

The theatre presents a suggestive scenery. The Greeks relied on the natural view for the background of their plays. This is why their theatres are built in places with stunning views.

 

 

 

 

Time to get going. The road leads us on to the Lido of Marausa, close to the city of Trapani. We drop out luggage at Alberto’s B&B. He’ll do his absolute best to take good care of you and he’ll stuff your face with several homemade cakes for breakfast. Some delicious, others a bit dubious.

After dropping our luggage, we decide to discover the salines that have been in use ever since the Romans and the island of Mothia, a Phoenician isle.

Salines near Trapani

You can take a tour of the salines with the different stages of the salt production – try not to touch the water, because it can harm your skin – and climb up one of the mills and see how the salt used to be ground in the past. It is said that the salt from Trapani is among the healthiest and naturally richest in minerals such as fluoride and calcium.

From the salines you can take a boat and be on Mothia, a Phoenician isle that is still being dug up and unraveled.Mothia

One thing that can’t be advised is bathing near the salines. The water is very salty and you’ll come out of the water all white. If you are looking for a nice beach, you should take a ferry from Trapani to the Egadi islands that are famous for their wonderful beaches.

If you have more time, definitely driving up the mountain to the medieval town of Erice and enjoying the breathtaking view is worth the effort. You also won’t regret a stroll through the town of Trapani.Sunset in Trapani

In the evening, hop over to the restaurant of one of Alberto’s friends and enjoy some bruschette with pesto alla trapanese and most and foremost: DO NOT MISS the mouthwatering couscous di pesce! Trapani is famous for its couscous di pesce, a fish couscous where the couscous is still often made from scratch. For that, people go directly to the mills and get the freshly ground flour and start a tedious labour or making couscous by gradually adding water to the flour while mixing constantly.

couscous di pesce

Now full and happy (and probably a bit salty) you can go to bed.

To be continued…

Have you ever been to a saline? What do you know about the Phoenicians? Let me know in the comments below.

Love,

Raffi

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