Scopello: Top 3 Reasons to Discover Authentic Sicily

HeatherAnne By HeatherAnne, 29th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you are looking for a culture-packed, authentic adventure, then Scopello is your next holiday destination with its wild nature combined with cultural traditions and typical regional food.

Come to Scopello, Sicily, the Jewel of the Tyrrhenian

When it comes to Italy, there are thousands of reasons why you should visit this country at least once in your life. Starting from its rich art scene and finishing with its great shopping options, Italy offers a unique combination of historical heritage and a one-of-a kind experience that will truly transport you to a magical place. Although there are a variety of fast paced and bustling cities to see throughout Italy, there are some destinations nestled away where time seems to stand still, and where you can still enjoy the authentic spirit of the past. We are talking about Scopello, a municipality of Castellammare del Golfo, in the province of Trapani, Sicily, located about 75 km west from Palermo. It's unlikely you'll find it in any travel guide, but it is absolutely a must-see. Here are the top 3 reasons why you should visit Scopello on your next vacation:

Nature
Scopello is immersed in unspoilt and wild nature. This small village is in fact home to La Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, a natural reserve created back in 1981 that stretches 7 km and runs from Scopello to San Vito lo Capo. Here you can walk around impressive cliffs and encounter diverse species of flora and fauna. The Reserve has no roads, so untouched contact with nature is guaranteed. If you find yourself the active traveler and plan on hiking the trails of Lo Zingaro, there are three you can follow that range in terms of difficulty: the coastal trail, the high-coast path and the high path, which stretches 7.5 km and takes about 7 hours to walk.

Scopello is also surrounded by faraglioni, scenic rock formations that create stunning views surrounded by crystal clear and azure water. If you’re looking for beaches in Scopello, there are a few to choose from. Cala Rossa is one of the most famous, but rather rocky. If you prefer a sandy beach, make your way to the Cala Mazzo di Sciacca or San Vito lo Capo, another town located in Trapani and close to Scopello. And if diving is on your agenda, reach the wonderful Santa Margherita Cave for a truly unbeatable underwater experience. In any case, the option for accommodation in the area is abundant, with most being villas to rent in Scopello that overlook the Gulf for breathtaking sunsets and peaceful sunrises.

History and Culture
Scopello has been developed around a baglio, the former headquarters of an agricultural estate and still the center of the village. Here you can meet the locals and enjoy some authentic shows. Part of the village is also the old Tonnara di Scopello, one of the most important tuna fisheries in Sicily, filled with old fishermen's cottages and warehouses. Scopello’s tonnara goes back as far as the 13th century and was expanded by the noble Sanclemente family of Sicily. It in fact remained open and running until 1984 when its doors were closed for good. You will still find the remnants of the Scopello tuna fishery among the faraglioni rocks: old warehouses with ancient and preserved boats, anchors and the storage house.

Food
Food in Italy is a form of art. Italians do certainly know how to cook and enjoy their delicacies. To complete your experience in Scopello, you can try a great variety of fish dishes: starting from pasta with sardines to tuna 'busiate' (a spiral-shaped pasta) you will not be disappointed. Cous-cous is another typical regional dish, sign of Bizantine and Arab influences, generally tossed with fish, meat or vegetables. Finally, let's talk about desserts: almond paste and ricotta are the key ingredients for a variety of desserts that will blow your mind!

If you're the type of traveller that enjoys exploring the hidden gems off the beaten path, then Scopello may just be the adventure for you. Tranquil settings amidst deep rooted culture, rich cuisine and a variety of nature-filled activities.

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I am a fellow American living and travelling around Italy, I love to write about culture, fashion and all things travel.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for this share Heather. Italy and Rome are places to see in my wish list! siva

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