This medieval town feels like it has been in a time capsule. It is surrounded by walls. It sits on a mountain-top overlooking the sea on one side and the vast landscape on the other.
We visited on a Monday in February somewhat early and much of the town seems closed. Somehow this added to the charm. It was charming and picturesque. The local Postal lady delivering mail from house to house on the narrowest of cobblestone streets. The occasional shop keeper opening for the day. A charming café offering a hot cup of coffee for a few moments out of the chilly morning wind.
It was well worth the extra time to seek this out. I can imagine it crowded and bustling in the height of summer and reflecting on the peace and tranquility of seeing in in the off season.
This ancient home of the Elymians, one of Sicily’s indigenous peoples, later populated by the Greeks. The highlight of the area is the unfinished Doric temple proudly standing on a hilltop surrounded by an idyllic setting of vineyards, olive groves and expansive countryside.
Mazara Del Vallo
Not far from Segesta is Mazara del Vallo, a family run agriturismo, Tenute Pispisa Segesta. The facility hosts lodging, dining, and special events in a spectacular setting. We had an amazing lunch made from all farm grown and prepared ingredients highlighted by exceptional wines produced on site. We bought a couple Afterwards we chose to hike back to the main road along the acres of vineyards, olive groves adjacent forests.
Tenute Pispisa Segesta, www.tenutepispisasegesta.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mazara is a multicultural city with an impressive Duomo. There is a quaint little museum housing a Greek bronze statue dating back 2000 years recovered by local fishermen from the nearby sea.
Mazara is also the home to a thriving “Kasbah” where over 3000 Arabs and Tunisians work and live. The area is noted for its artisans tile work.
Part 3 coming soon!