San Vito Lo Capo lies on the north-west coast of Sicily, in a bay held between two Natural Reserves: the Zingaro on the west, the Monte Cofano on the east.
It is the city of Cous Cous, a dish symbolizing peace and integration among different cultures and people.
A bright jewel, a pride for Trapani Province, San Vito Lo Capo is an old sea village, that keeps untouched its stong arabian print.
In this place light, perfumes and flavours merge together, giving life to a typical mediterranean and colourful landscape and a charming seabed: low and white houses covered with bougainvilleas, a white-sand beach that overlooks a turquoise see, custodian of ancient treasures, in an ideal embrace towards Mediterranean Sea.
Colour and evocative power, among almond and olive trees in Castelluzzo, Makari sunsets, water springs and caves, beams and towers; but, above all, the perfume of a rich and generous land, that is extraordinary for the pleasures of the table, as well. With its “busiate” (a kind of hand made pasta), “cunzatu” bread and Cous Cous, San Vito cookery is a real expression of simple and true people.
The crystalline sea and the white sand are the beatutiful frame that make San Vito Lo Capo a real pearl in the Mediterranean sea. Suffice it to say that it is considered one of the 300 most beautiful beaches of Italy (Blu Guide ed. 2002 – Italian Touring Club).
Just near the Sanctuary Square we find Savoia Street, the historic city centre that leads to the sea. The street is closed to traffic, so the tourist can walk quiet, watching beautiful bouganvilleas plants, colourful window boxes and nice murals. During summer evenings, the city center houses concerts, seminars and meetings.
The Museum of Sea (Savoia street 57), preserves important archaeological finds, coming from an Arabian-Norman wreck that lies in the seabed near the lighhouse.
In Savoia street we an also find Palazzo La Porta, the new Town Hall. The building dates back to the 19th century and is characterized by a typical 1800 architecture, with a beautiful atrium and majolica floors. Behind the building a luxuriant garden usually hosts exhibitions and cultural events.
A sincere hospitality, an original gastronomy, and the best Sicilian wine-production conquer the tourist in this corner of Sicily.
Cous cous fest: 25th/30th of September: The multiethnic cookery of Mediterranean sea is here protagonist: Sicilian and foreign chefs here show their mastery to the audience.
Local products and dishes:
Protagonist of San Vito Lo Capo cookery is the “Cous Cous”, testimony of the different influence left by Arabians. It is made by small bran balls worked by deft hands, steamed in a special terracotta pan and mixed with fish.
Among first dishes a special type of home-made pasta, called “busiate”.