09 FEB 2019: Mazara del Vallo & Granitola, (40km)
10 FEB 2019: Mazara del Vallo - Marsala (40km)
11 FEB 2019: Marsala - Trapani (40km)
12 FEB 2019: Trapani - Favignana - Erice
13 FEB 2019: Trapani - San Vito lo Capo (40km)
14 FEB 2019: San Vito lo Capo
09 FEB 2019: Mazara del Vallo - Granitola & Dintorni
Mazara was founded by the Phoenicians in the 9th century BC, with the name of Mazar (the Rock). It then passed under the control of Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, before being occupied by the Arabs in the year 827.
The city centre, known as the Kasbah, retains Arab architectural influences.
In 1072 Mazara was conquered by Normans, then after the death of Emperor Frederick II, Sicily passed to the Angevins, then followed by the Spaniards of Aragon. The Aragon period (1282–1409) is characterized by a political, economic and demographic decline of Mazara. The city passed under the control of the House of Savoy in 1713, a reign which lasted only five years, being replaced by the Habsburg Empire (for 16 years) followed by the Bourbons. In 1860 the city was finally conquered by Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Mille, thus joining the then newly formed Kingdom of Italy.
10 FEB 2019: Mazara del Vallo - Marsala
Marsala, located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily, is famous for the docking of Giuseppe Garibaldi on 11 May 1860 (the Expedition of the Thousand) and for its Marsala wine.
A feature of the area is the Stagnone Lagoon Natural Reserve, a marine area with salt ponds.
11 FEB 2019: Marsala - Trapani
Founded by Elymians on the west coast of Sicily, Trapani is still an important fishing port and the main gateway to the nearby Egadi Islands. Much of its economy still depends on the sea. Fishing and canning are the main local industries, with fishermen using the mattanza technique to catch tuna. Coral is also an important export, along with salt, marble, and marsala wine.
The nearby coast is lined with numerous salt-pans. (abstract Wikipedia)
13 FEB 2019: Trapani - San Vito lo Capo
|"The End" .... fine del viaggio, si ritorna a prendere la macchina a Mazara del Vallo|