WELCOME TO SCIACCA

An open air museum where the town’s squares are the exhibition halls, the streets are the corridors, the craftsmens shops and the inhabitants’ windows are the display cases. And the treasure offered it’s the identity of who lives in it. Three thousand years of history, cultures and traditions to be discovered in the engravings of a building, in the flavours of a plate, in the storytelling of myths without time.

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ART AND CULTURE

A journey between past and present that goes through alleys, ancient paintings and modern street art.

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PORTA SAN SALVATORE

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DUOMO BASILICA DI MARIA SS. DEL SOCCORSO

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CHIESA DEL CARMINE

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EX CHIESA SANTA MARGHERITA

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BASILICA E SANTUARIO DI S. CALOGERO

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PALAZZO STERIPINTO

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STREET ART “RITROVARSI” NEL QUARTIERE S. LEONARDO

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SCALA ZIG ZAG

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SCALA IN CERAMICA DELL’EX LEGA NAVALE

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CORTILE CARINI

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MUSEO DEL MARE E GALLERIA FAZELLO

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CASTELLO LUNA

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CASTELLO INCANTATO

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CASA MUSEO SCAGLIONE

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SALITA PEROLLO

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ART AND CULTURE

A journey between past and present that goes through alleys, ancient paintings and modern street art.

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PORTA SAN SALVATORE

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DUOMO BASILICA DI MARIA SS. DEL SOCCORSO

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CHIESA DEL CARMINE

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EX CHIESA SANTA MARGHERITA

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BASILICA E SANTUARIO DI S. CALOGERO

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PALAZZO STERIPINTO

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STREET ART “RITROVARSI” NEL QUARTIERE S. LEONARDO

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SCALA ZIG ZAG

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SCALA IN CERAMICA DELL’EX LEGA NAVALE

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CORTILE CARINI

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MUSEO DEL MARE E GALLERIA FAZELLO

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CASTELLO LUNA

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CASTELLO INCANTATO

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CASA MUSEO SCAGLIONE

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SALITA PEROLLO

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NEIGHBOURHOODS, TRADITIONS AND CRAFTS

Sciacca is a living culture, it is sounds, flavours, colours and knowledge scattered in every corner of the places where life has developed in recent centuries. Three villages inside the city, to make you discover every nuance of our being.
The neighbourhood of the peasants, in the upper part of the city, theatre of open-air life, a market imbued with real colours, sounds and flavours. Wheat is its king.
The neighbourhood of workers, in the middle part, a maze of small courtyards, artisan shops, perfumes of our typical ovens and restaurants, faces overlooking the windows and authentic greetings. Here the craftsmen reign.
The neighbourhood of sailors,in the lower part, at the port, a universe of sounds, waves, hands consumed by salt, faces that feed on infinity, unhurried braided ropes, fresh and unique flavours.faces that feed on infinity, unhurried braided ropes, fresh and unique flavours. The Fishermen’s Kingdom.

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
MERCATO DI SAN MICHELE

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
I CORTILI

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
IL FORNO COMUNITARIO

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
IL MULINO

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
LE GROTTE

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IL BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE
IL CENTRO STORICO

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IL BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE
LE BOTTEGHE DEI CERAMISTI

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IL BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE
LE BOTTEGHE DEI CORALLARI

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IL BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE
I MAESTRI DEL CARNEVALE

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IL BORGO DEI MARINAI
IL PORTO

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IL BORGO DEI MARINAI
IL PESCE

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SCOGLIO DI ROCCA REGINA

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NEIGHBOURHOODS, TRADITIONS AND CRAFTS

Sciacca is a living culture, it is sounds, flavours, colours and knowledge scattered in every corner of the places where life has developed in recent centuries. Three villages inside the city, to make you discover every nuance of our being.
The neighbourhood of the peasants, in the upper part of the city, theatre of open-air life, a market imbued with real colours, sounds and flavours. Wheat is its king.
The neighbourhood of workers, in the middle part, a maze of small courtyards, artisan shops, perfumes of our typical ovens and restaurants, faces overlooking the windows and authentic greetings. Here the craftsmen reign.
The neighbourhood of sailors,in the lower part, at the port, a universe of sounds, waves, hands consumed by salt, faces that feed on infinity, unhurried braided ropes, fresh and unique flavours.faces that feed on infinity, unhurried braided ropes, fresh and unique flavours. The Fishermen’s Kingdom.

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
MERCATO DI SAN MICHELE

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
I CORTILI

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
IL FORNO COMUNITARIO

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
IL MULINO

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IL BORGO DEI CONTADINI
LE GROTTE

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IL BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE
IL CENTRO STORICO

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IL BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE
LE BOTTEGHE DEI CERAMISTI

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IL BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE
LE BOTTEGHE DEI CORALLARI

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IL BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE
I MAESTRI DEL CARNEVALE

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IL BORGO DEI MARINAI
IL PORTO

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IL BORGO DEI MARINAI
IL PESCE

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SCOGLIO DI ROCCA REGINA

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NATURE AND LANDSCAPES

Leave every noise behind, listen to the sound of the waves, hop on the boat, stroll along the beach, climb Mount Kronio, discover the vaporous caves that have been taking care of the locals’ health for millennia, walk among the olive trees and vineyards.

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LUNGOMARE BORGO DELLO STAZZONE

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MONTE KRONIO

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ISOLA FERDINANDEA

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PIAZZA ANGELO SCANDALIATO
LA TERRAZZA SUL MARE

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SPIAGGIA DI CAPO SAN MARCO

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OLEVASTRO INVEGES

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LUNGOMARE BORGO DELLO STAZZONE

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MONTE KRONIO

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ISOLA FERDINANDEA

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PIAZZA ANGELO SCANDALIATO
LA TERRAZZA SUL MARE

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SPIAGGIA DI CAPO SAN MARCO

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PORTA SAN SALVATORE

Porta San Salvatore is one of the main ancient gates of the city, a vestige of a past time, of wars, sieges, dominations.
They tell us about the Norman period, around the year 1000, when Count Roger conquered Sicily dominated by the Arabs. They tell us about the Spanish period with Frederick III of Aragon who in 1300 ordered the great city walls including the villages. They are part of the fortifications commissioned in 1500 by Viceroy De Vega.
One of these bastions of war, the one right next to Porta San Salvatore, is today the seat of the Widespread Museum of the 5 Senses. This is where we defended ourselves with weapons by pushing back the enemies, today we greet everyone with a smile and give everyone a warm welcome saying:” bless you” Assabenedica!

CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF MARIA SS. DEL SOCCORSO

The basilica of the Madonna del Soccorso (meaning Our Lady of the Relief) was erected in 1108 by Giulietta Normanna, daughter of Count Ruggero, who freed Sicily from Islamic domination. The legend has it that the statue of Madonna del Soccorso, patron saint of the city, was found at sea by some fishermen and it managed to eradicate the plague that struck Sciacca in 1626. On February 2 and August 15, with a great citizens engagement, the statue is carried by a hundred barefoot fishermen on their shoulders. It is one of the oldest, most intense and participatory rituals that you can experience to understand the soul of a Sicilian. Everything is lived with physical contact, and we really hope to be able to live it again soon.

CHIESA DEL CARMINE

Three churches in one, this is how the church of the Carmine could be defined. It’s enough to look at its façade and its magnificent rose window to understand that something doesn’t add up. In fact, this church is a mix of three buildings.

The first, dedicated to the Savior, dates back to Count Ruggero D’Altavilla, in 1087, immediately after the liberation of the city from Muslim rule. It took the name of Carmine in 1200 when the Carmelites came to Sciacca and founded, next to the ancient Norman church, their convent, currently home to the District Prison of Sciacca.

FORMER CHURCH OF SANTA MARGHERITA

It was one of the richest churches in Sciacca, according to many even the most beautiful. It is currently used as a conference hall. It is currently used as a conference hall.
It was founded in 1342 by Eleonora of Aragon, granddaughter of Frederico III of Aragon and wife of Guglielmo Peralta, Count of Caltabellotta and war captain of Sciacca.
The interior has extraordinary Baroque-style decorations, the decoration of the presbytery is wonderful, dating back to the seventeenth century. Not a single corner of the interior is empty and without decorations, once inside you are immersed in a variety of decorations of the time, angels, putti, arabesques, volutes and medallions, are predominant.

BASILICA AND SANCTUARY
OF S. CALOGERO

It is located at the top of Mount Kronio from where you can admire a wonderful panoramic view of Sciacca and its coast.

Aa mountain of volcanic origin, in the mount there are several vaporous caves. In ancient times there was a small church open for the infirm and pilgrims, who went up to the caves to benefit from the vapours.

There was also a cave that, according to the tradition, had been used by the hermit Saint Calogero, the patron saint of Agrigento, who lived thanks to the milk of a deer. Even now, on Pentecost Tuesday, devotees to San Calogero walk a barefoot pilgrimage from the town of Sciacca up to the sanctuary.

STERIPINTO PALACE

Steripinto is a palace with a facade entirely covered with diamond-tipped bugne. The characteristic building dates back to 1501 by the Noceto family.
The name comes from the spread between the word “ Hosterium”fortified palace, and “pictum”, cioèornamented.. The palace, therefore looks like a fortress due to the ashlar, but is also elegantly adorned with three gothic mullioned windows. Unfortunately It isn’t possible to visit it inside, because it belongs to private individuals, but it is a must for tourists, It’s one of the few examples of such architecture in Sicily and Italy. To take a photo is a must!

STREET ART "RITROVARSI" IN THE S. LEONARDO NEIGHBORHOOD

Since 2018, the cultural association “Ritrovarsi” has transformed the walls of the houses of this neighbourhood, located in the ancient Jewish quarter of Qadda, into canvases. There are 27 artworks and murals colouring the streets of this ancient red-light district. Contemporary art and the desire to enhance the territory are intertwined to give you the opportunity to admire glimpses whose communicative power is intact.

ZIG ZAG SCALE

The zig zag staircase was once used as a mule track to get to the port, today it has become one of the most photographed places in Sciacca, not only by “Saccensi “(people from Sciacca ) but also by tourists. Everyone is dazzled by the beauty of this staircase embellished with ceramics , it will bring you to the village of sailors and the port. The best way to go down and savour the taste of the sea.

CERAMIC STAIRCASE OF THE FORMER NAVY UNION

Sciacca, the town of ceramics, finds one of the most beautiful expressions of this art in the Former Navy Union staircase, in Piazza Consiglio in the fisherman neighbourhood. It was built in 1994 as the first act of the newly born Pottery Artisans Association of Sciacca in collaboration with the municipality and the Navy League, it is a heterogeneous staircase that represents the flair and mastery of most of the Saccensi (meaning from Sciacca) craftsmen who participated by creating one step each. The beauty of the colours and the variety of styles represented makes the Ceramic Staircase one of the most coveted places for tourists selfies from all over the world.

CARINI COURTYARD

Rocks, pottery shards, wreckages, collected mostly by the sea, have acquired new life thanks to Lulo. From Montalbano Jonico, he moved to Sciacca and has put at everyone’s disposal his creativity: he collects abandoned materials, cleans them up and creates the beautiful decorations that you can see along the stairs and houses of the Carini Courtyard. If only this place could talk, who knows how many stories it could tell!

SEA MUSEUM AND FAZELLO GALLERY

The collections, exhibited inside the monumental complex of the “Fazello”, come partly from finds salvaged by the Guardia di Finanza and, in part, from underwater researches coordinated by the Sea Superintendency.
In the first of the two halls (amphorae hall) the evidence of the liveliness of the ancient maritime traffic can be found: Punic, late Republican and Imperial amphoras, large African oil amphoras, Greek-Italic, Roman of the Adriatic and Byzantine wine amphoras. In the second hall, eight bronze and iron cannons of the second half of the sixteenth century are exhibited as well as different structural parts of the ship, earthenware, onboard tools.

LUNA CASTLE

The imposing medieval castle of Sciacca was built in 1382 by Guglielmo Peralta, Count of Caltabellotta, who became one of the four vicars of the Kingdom of Sicily after the death of King Federico III.
The Castle dominates the city and is inserted in the perimeter of the ancient walls that partly still exist today.
It remains linked to the “case of Sciacca”, the centuries-old bloody fight between the Luna family (Catalan) and that of the Perollo (Norman), in conflict for a secret love story, that of Giovanni Perollo for Margherita, wife of Don Artale Luna, but also for political and economic interests.
It is one of the venues of Museo Diffuso experiences

ENCHANTED CASTLE

Just a couple of miles from Sciacca, the so-called Enchanted Castle can be found, one of the most visited places in the region. A place with unique charm and narrative power.
Thousands of heads dug and chiselled in the rock by a peasant artist,, Filippo Bentivegna, lived between1888and1967. His sculptures are all different and depict people, famous and not, to whom he also gave a name and who, in his imagination, represented the subjects of the kingdom that he had created and of which he was the “Lord”.
The artistic genius of what was known as the “mad painter of Sciacca” was recognized by Jean Dubuffet, the theorist of Art Brut.

SCAGLIONE HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM

The Historic House Museum “Francesco Scaglione” is located in Piazza Don Minzoni near the Basilica of Maria SS. Del Soccorso and is like going back in time. You will enter the house of 1800s bourgeois family that Francesco Scaglione left us together with his exciting collections.
Through the precious pieces he has collected you can go through the different eras of Sicily and the influence of the Greeks, Normans, Arabs, Spaniards in a fascinating mix of objects, decorations, furniture of all shapes and styles. A way to understand what we are today by observing what we have been in over two millennia of history.

ASCENT PEROLLO

This characteristic zigzag climb was the background to the battle between the Luna family and the Perollo family that in 1529 led to the destruction of another magnificent castle present in Sciacca: the Perollo Caste. From this point, during the battle, you could have seen the women of the Perollo family at the windows trying to repel the assailants by throwing hot water, stones and pitch. At the bottom of the climb, you would have found the runaway horses pulling the cannons for the battle. Precisely in this location, there will be soon a path that through tiles set in each pillar, will tell the Case of Sciacca

THE PEASANTS’ NEIGHBOURHOOD – S. MICHELE MARKET

The voices and colours of the countryside reach you as soon as you enter the square. The vegetables just arrived, picked a few hours before, fresh from the morning dew of the fields. The voices and faces of the peasants who are the first artists of the earth. Strong voices and faces that for centuries have offered in our hands flavours, real colours, powerful scents. To discover the museum of the five senses, this is where you must go. It is like a pass to understand the origin of our food. Meats, cured meats, cheeses and the sense of “good” that pervades you.

THE VILLAGE OF THE PEASANTS - THE COURTYARDS

Lose yourself in the alleys, among the children playing ball, between the windows with the people looking at you, in a greeting, in a smile, in a friendly chat, in mutual respect, in a daily life lived in public.
Discover the courtyards where embroidery was done and the stories of an ancient art. Get lost in a labyrinth that is walk in the intimacy of a community.

THE PEASANTS’ NEIGHBOURHOOD - THE COMMUNITY OVEN

You can smell the bakery from afar. Like the pied piper or the mermaids’ song, the smell guides you through the alleys of the hamlet with the scent of freshly baked bread. Here you can bring your fresh dough made with your own hands to bake it while sitting waiting with the ladies who have been bringing their bread to the community oven for centuries. Ancient habits of slowness and listening that resist the frenzy of modern life.

THE PEASANTS’ NEIGHBOURHOOD – THE MILL

Caterina and Davide are two special millers, and their mill is special as well. Here you will really discover everything about the ancient Sicilian grains and the flour that is produced through their grinding. They are grains that have preserved unique characteristics, suitable for different types of metabolism, to be discovered to learn every secret of flour and doughs for bread, pasta, pizza, biscuits… Storytelling in a place dedicated to the attention for details and beauty that is the business card of these two flour Masters

THE PEASANTS’ NEIGHBOURHOOD - THE CAVES

The caves are the place where grain was stored before embarking it and it was a fundamental strategic place for the city of Sciacca. Grain deposits were the key to the survival of the population of a part of the island and for centuries this was a primary source upon which the city’s economy was founded, leading Sciacca to become even the seat of a mint. IThe secrets of conservation, transport techniques, loading and unloading, here you can find the history of a city through its oblond gold.

THE CRAFTSMEN’S NEIGHBOURHOOD - THE HISTORIC CENTER

These streets are made for strolling around to enjoy the sea views, to discover artisans’ shops that have been – and still are today – one of the most important souls of the village. Walking between medieval palaces and ceramic-lined staircases, sitting at bar tables to sip coffee, having a chat on the doorstep of a shop or a church, the inhabitants of Sciacca await you in their historic centre lived like a small open-air lounge.

THE BORGO DELLE MAESTRANZE - THE CERAMISTS WORKSHOPS

Pop inside the shops where our artisans work ceramics, coral, papier-mâché, and many other materials.
It is a magical world where the material is transformed under your eyes, touching, and giving infinite shapes before completing it with infinite decorations. he colours are “Our Colours”, you will learn to recognize us also thanks to the colours.
Go inside and discover the secrets that have been handed down for generations
, and why not make a unique object in the world with your hands?

THE CRAFTSMEN’S NEIGHBOURHOOD - THE CORAL WORKSHOP

Sciacca is famous for its unique coral..Due to its peculiar colour, which goes from orange to pale pink salmon, resulting from the high temperatures of volcanic underwater mud that over time have “burned” the coral.
t is also the only coral totally sustainable because it is of fossil origin and therefore its picking does not harm any living coral reef. It was given to us by the volcanic eruption of theFerdinandea Islandwhich, surfacing from the sea, brought with it the ancient coral deposits settled through geological stratifications.
Its workmanship in creating jewellery is one of the artisan excellences of Sciacca and you can try it first-hand thanks to theCoral Masters of the widespread museum.

THE CRAFTSMEN’S NEIGHBOURHOOD - THE MASTERS OF CARNIVAL

They have in their hands a centuries-old art, handed down from generation to generation. Starting from iron, paper and colours, the Carnival Masters create magic that makes you dream. The frames for carnival floats are as tall as palaces and covered with papier mâché, they mix the skill of specialized engineers and the creativity of children. Magic and professionalism of a special craftsmanship, among the best in Italy.

THE FISHERMEN’S NEIGHBOURHOOD - THE PORT

You understand Sciacca by looking at it from the sea, where the city has overlooked for three thousand years. You can see houses in different colours to make it easier for fishermen to recognize their homes when they return to port.
Sciacca’s port today is extremely alive with its fleet of fishing vessels, the second largest in Sicily. The port is characterized by the smell of salt, its daily life is marked by their voices of the fishermen auctioning off their freshly caught fish and by the slow movements of the sailors’ hands repairing the nets. The port is the silent swaying of hundreds of boats waiting to return to the sea.

THE FISHERMEN’S NEIGHBOURHOOD – THE FISH

Every night a small fleet of fishing boats leaves the quiet waters of the port to fish for excellent quality blue fish arranged to arrive the dining tables of inhabitants and restaurants or at the counters of the canning industry, one of the most important and characteristic activities of Sciacca. 150 boats that use different fishing techniques to find anchovies, sardines and mackerel up to swordfish and tuna. You can buy all of them duelling at the fish auction that takes place here every afternoon.

ROCK OF ROCCA REGINA

Giulietta was the daughter of the Norman Count Ruggero I who, around the year one thousand, conquered Sicily which at the time was dominated by the Arabs and was in love with her cousin, Roberto of Basseville. Unable to marry him and to escape the scandal they fled together to Sciacca taking shelter in a cave, still visible today, on the Rock of Sant’Elmo where she gave birth to a son. Thanks to the intercession of Fra Mauro, Giulietta’s father forgave her, and a shotgun wedding was celebrated.
Giullietta’s personality is particularly popular in the minds and hearts of the Saccensi (Sciacca’s citizens). On her death, between 1134 and 1136, she was mourned as co-founder of the city of Sciacca and still today the rock is called Rocca Regina.

THE STAZZONE SEAFRONT

The Stazzone seafront is one of the most evocative places in the town of Sciacca. Easily reachable on foot from the historic centre, from here it is possible to admire our beautiful sea and the transit of boats entering or leaving the port.
It was once a real seaside resort with sandbars and beaches. Recently redeveloped, the Stazzone Neighbourhood, today is frequented for a nice walk by the sea with a chance for the little ones of entertaining in the playground in the centre of the square. You can discover this neighbourhood with our fellow citizens thanks to a special experience

MOUNT KRONIO

Mount Kronio is a green lung and one of the two nature reserves established in the city of Sciacca. The path begins in the residential Isabella district and reaches up to the sanctuary of San Calogero through the Mediterranean bush, ancient votive aedicules and vaporous caves. Among the latter, the “Cave of Nobildonna” is the most famous.

FERDINANDEA ISLAND

You won’t be able to see this island because it actually appeared in front of our coasts in 1831 due to an underwater earthquake and returned to the sea after just 7 months of life and some international skirmishes as Italy, England and France claimed it.. However, it left us the precious fossil coral of Sciacca as a gift, the only totally sustainable coral in the world, a wonderful material to be discovered in the workshops of our goldsmiths. To learn its secrets and maybe make a very special jewel with your own hands.

PIAZZA ANGELO SCANDALIATO THE TERRACE UPON THE SEA

The ancient Piazza del People is the heart of the historic centre of the town, it offers a unique view of the port of Sciacca, a very long balcony upon the immensity of the sea.
Piazza A. Scandaliato has always been the meeting point of whole generations, the place of the “passiu”, of walking, of stopping to have a chat, of life that slows down to take the rhythm of the heart.
Grabbing a coffee is a small daily ritual that, in this square, also becomes the possibility to get to know the city thanks to one of the infopoints of the Museo Diffuso.

THE BEACH OF SAN MARCO CAPE

The beach of Capo San Marco is one of the busiest in the city, frequented by Saccensi and tourists, but not only them… another frequent visitor is the Caretta Caretta Turtle which, almost annually, comes to lay its eggs in this stretch of coast. Another heritage of this beach is Posidonia Oceanica, a marine plant whose presence is an indication of a clean sea and rich in biodiversity. Thanks to this plant, the Sea of Capo San Marco is included in the list of SICs (Site of Community Interest) of the Natura 2000 network.

OLEVASTRO INVEGES

In the Scunchipani district, between Sciacca and Menfi, there is a bewitched tree: the Oleastro Inveges, called “agghiastru di mezzu” (halfway stone olive tree).
The legend has it that every night fairies and witches come out of the tree and they start dancing around it among flashes of light. It is said that every evening fairies and witches come out of the tree and start dancing around it amidst flashes of light. Every seven years, however, it is said that the fairies’ fair takes place with the escape from the trunk of snakes and evil creatures and an exhibition of precious objects. No one dares to touch or damage the tree and even the olives that were taken to make holy oil were those that naturally fell on the ground.

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