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Traces of worship in the Belice Valley

South-Western Sicily Madre Salemi church

 

Day 1
Arrival at the airport in the morning
Light lunch in the winery with tasting
In the afternoon visit to Segesta and the remains of the mosque inside the archaeological park. Transfer to Castellammare del Golfo and visit the Arab-Norman castle where, it is said, was this the famous scale (Al Madarig) from the bastion that led to the port.
Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight

Day 2
Breakfast and transfer to Salemi
Guided tour of the city that presents traces of the presence of the three main monotheistic religions of the Mediterranean: Christian, Jewish and Muslim. Lunch in a farm with typical Vastedda Belice DOP cheese and other local products (*)
Return to hotel, free time, dinner and overnight
(*) In March you can see the ritual of the bread of San Giuseppe and Squartucciati, real art works made of stuffed bread and hand-crafted with different shapes inspired by sacred popular tradition

Day 3
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Gibellina
Visit the museum and the collection of contemporary art and especially Prisenti, drapes processional made for the city since the early '80, for the feast of San Rocco (August, 16), which draw inspiration from the gifts that Islamic pilgrims carried in tribute to Mecca.
Visit the Orestiadi Foundation presenting the Trame Mediterranee museums: manufactures textiles, jewelery, and pottery testify to the common stylistic decorations and shapes that draw, in a mix of models, the artisans of the three monotheistic religions of the Mediterranean, Jewish , Muslim and Catholic, showing the common roots. Lunch in the area. Visit to Cretto di Burri spectral indelible evidence of the earthquake that struck the area.
Transfer to Salaparuta to visit the complex of the Capuchin Fathers
Transfer to the hotel in the area Mazara / Selinunte dinner and overnight

Day 4
Breakfast and transfer to Selinunte
Visit the archaeological park where, inside the archaeological polytheistic Greek, we find traces of a Christian past: the early Christian baptistery, recently discovered during the excavations, curious for the use of the columns that made some hermits, on top of which they spent their time in prayer. Visit the ancient Cave of Cusa, Greek era, from which they were derived columns of the temples of Selinunte.
Light lunch in a winery with guided visit and wine tasting.
Transfer to the Natural Reserve of Gorghi Tondi for nature short walk with observation of the rich birdlife (height difference and difficulty absent, small trail with stops for bird watching).
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 5
Breakfast and transfer to Castelvetrano where we find one of the most significant architecture of this period, the Church of the Trinity of Delia, originally adjacent to a convent of monks greek-orthodox and the church of San Domenico, a masterpiece of Sicilian Mannerism, called the Sistine Chapel of Sicily, which houses many art works, including a Madonna by Francesco Laurana.
Visit the museum which houses a lead sheet of the fifth century called "lex Sacra". Visit the Stone Castle, an Arab fort and then Norman, near a gorge carved by a small tributary of the Belice.
Light lunch based on quality products of the territory in a mill producer of extra virgin olive oil from Nocellara del Belice. In the afternoon transfer to Partanna for a visit to the Convent of Bigini, on which stands the imposing tower semi-ruined: the convent is now home precarious of shepherds and their flocks. In the middle of last century it became property of the Jesuits of Salemi who provided restoration of the structure and the construction of a chapel.
Return to hotel dinner and overnight

Day 6
Breakfast at hotel check out and move from Cape Granitola, a symbolic place for the landing of the Arabs in Sicily in the year 827. Continuation and guided tour in Mazara del Vallo where the center is a maze of historic streets where the Baroque itinerary It mixes with the Muslim in turn contaminated by the signs of the Christian religion.
Of great interest is the Museum of silver where the masterpieces of documenting the history of Christian art of the Diocese of Mazara del Vallo.
According on the flight, transfer to the airport

 

 

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