SAN VITO LO CAPO, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH OF ITALY: THE STORY OF A SICILIAN PARADISE

San Vito Lo Capo was made into an institution only at the end of the 18th century, although a lot of traces and archaeological finds date back the man’s presence to Prehistoric Ages. Around the 4th century b.C., the first inhabitants settled down in that part of the village called “borgata Conturrana”. In the 4th century, the first part of the fortress was built in the town centre. Nowadays it is a Sanctuary dedicated to the martyr St. Vitus, patron Saint of the village.

During the following centuries, sighting towers and defensive bulwarks were built along the outer edge of San Vito Lo Capo to defend the village against pirate raids. There were three main towers in San Vito Lo Capo: Scieri tower, Isolidda tower and Roccazzo tower. Nowadays only two of them may still be seen, since Roccazzo tower, once on “Piano Soprano” in the west part of the village, has been pulled down to leave its place to a military signal station in 1935.

At the beginning of the 18th century, few houses were built near the Sanctuary and at the end of the same century, a little group of houses surrounded the church. San Vito Lo Capo was founded and since then has begun to grow. Over the centuries, the town has welcomed explorers, travellers and even government commissioners, that wrote detailed, interesting geographical descriptions of the places they had visited.

San Vito Lo Capo is about 40 Km from Trapani and 100 Km from Palermo. Today the town, together with the small suburb hamlets Macari and Castelluzzo, has around 4000 inhabitants and is visited by many tourists in spring and summer every year.

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