Wine Tours

In the surrounding area, in Gorga district there are thermal springs. The hypothermal waters have an alkaline and sulphurous composition which aid dermatological and rheumatism ailments. Mineral water comes from the Gorga spring about 50 meters above sea level, together into a natural basin surrounded by clay agglomerations, maintaining a constant temperature of 51°C. A canal brings water to an ancient mill which has also an outdoor swimming pool and a sauna. Just a few kilometers from Gorga district, on the slopes of the Monte Barbaro, emerge two mag- nificent jewels: the Doric temple and the Greek theatre. Segesta archaeological park occupies a splendid position among hills of yellow ochre and ruddy brown. On the summit of Mount Bonifato, the adventure park offers six different paths designed for persons over six and under sixty years of age. This is the ideal spot for people who love nature and want to amuse themselves.
Elegant churches and architecture grace the Alcamo’s centre. The town’s churches are decorated by works of art made by members of the Gagini family, by Pietro Novelli and by Giacomo Serpotta, one of the Sicilian masters of the Baroque. The urban centre, characterised by suggestive cobbled streets, holds the fourteenth century Castello dei Conti di Modica, the Torre De Ballis and two magnificent examples of Gothic – Catalan art: Chiesa di Maria SS. Annunziata and Chiesa di San Tommaso. The sanctuary of Maria SS. dei Miracoli stands in the North of the town at the end of a downhill cobbled paving path. On the 19 th , 20 th and 21 st of June there are pilgrimages to the sanctuary and various events in honour of the patron saint of Alcamo, the Madonna of Miracles.
This tour combines nature, agriculture and religion. A few kilometres from Alcamo, are two lonely sanctuaries dedicated to the Madonna (Santuario Madon- na del Ponte / Santuario Maria SS del Romitello). The first one is in the territory of Partinico; the second one in the territory of Borgetto. The Santuario M. SS del Romitello is famous for its natural spring and protected areas. From Partinico one can easily reach the large tracts of land devoted to citrus groves, the ancient village of Parrini and some towers, such as the Torre Solitano and the Torre Castrone. The small village has also ancient windmills and watermills. The tour through the Rocca Corvo and the Pizzo tre Frati is exciting. Here lies a natural spring, called Mirto. On the opposite side of Mount Cesarò (429/m) stands the Real Cantina Borbonica, built by order of Ferdinand III, King of Sicily. A little further on is Palazzo Ram one of the oldest fortified buildings in the village. The attractive Lake Poma on the Jato River is an ideal picnic spot.
The northern region of Alcamo has a delightful beach of fine sand beach, made all the more spectacular by the intense blue of the Tyrrhenian. The sandy hills of Calatubo are a starting point for attractive tracks which lead to Trappeto. A few metres further on are the castle ruins of Calatubo. The caste silhouette can be seen farther along the street. Interesting archaeological finds prove that the site has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The castle was the emporium of Val di Mazara, one of Sicily’s provinces under Muslim occupation. The Arabic fountain “Cuba delle rose” stands in the grounds of the castle. Recently restored, it provided a way of conveying water to the castle. The surrounding green landscape is dominated by rural buildings. This tour includes visits to various bagli, fortified farmhouses which later became the centre of latifundium. The Baglio Le vigne has an attractive ornamental garden of palms and citrus trees. The Baglio Chiarelli is also a farm holiday where guests can practise equestrian activities. The complex includes stalls and a small private chapel arranged around a central courtyard. At the back of the castle is the monumental Baglio Villa Fico which once was owned by the Baron Felice Pastore. It has been used as location for the Italian film “Il dolce e l’amaro” which won the special jury prize at the Venice Film Festival. Next to the Ba- glio Fico stands the Gothic Baglio della Marchesa which resembles a fortress thanks to its tower and corbelled crenellations.

The starting point of this excursion is the Tarantola Farmhouse. Just a few kilometres far from it is Mount Bonifato.

Following its slope by a four-wheel drive the route runs through a delightful landscape, dominated by the arboreal vegetation of the Oriented Nature Reserve Alcamo Wood. In the green countryside trod by ovines and caprines, the rope grass (ampelodesmos) grows.

The scenic road up to Mount Bonifato offers magnificent views, suspended between sea and sky, over the surrounding landscape.

It is worth pausing at the Belvedere to enjoy the spectacular natural view of the Gulf of Castellammare and of the rolling countryside dominated by olive trees and vineyards.

At the end of the road a pedestrian stretch leads to the ruins of Ventimiglia castle and to an interesting archaeological site.

In the district of Funtanazza, a medieval catchment basin, there is a necropolis with about fifty cavern tombs.

The ex-hotel la Funtanazza is home to the CELT, a centre of environmental education.

This trip includes a stop at a local winery and at the attractive Baglio Scalilla, estate of the noble family Zalapì in the past.

Not far from here the site of St. Nicola offers beautiful views of the lush vineyards.

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