San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito is a well-known seaside resort, noted in particular for its beautiful coastline. This opens out into a bay lined with wonderful beaches lapped by limpid water that seems tinged with ranges of blues and greens, from aquamarine to navy. Human presence in San Vito Lo Capo can be dated before one thousand BC thanks to some artifacts recovered in the many caves dug out of the cliffs that abound on the coast. The history of San Vito Lo Capo is linked in any way to San Vito Martire, a young aristocrat born in Mazara in 286 AD by idolatrous father and Christian mother died in few days after his birth. Orphaned of his mother, Vito was raised by his nurse Crescenza and the tutor Modest, due to them the child began to the practice of Christianitybefore it was baptized. During the persecutions constructed by Emperor Diocletian, the young Vito was forced to abandon his hometown escaping by sea at night with Crescenza and Modesto and finding refuge in the bay of Cape Egitarso [current Capo San Vito]. Here he continued his work of evangelization by converting the local population to Christianity, but later had to flee also from Cape Egitarso and with two his teachers continued to travel that took him from Sicily to Campania and Lucania performing various miracles. Young Vito died June 15 of AD 299 (or 304 AD). The increasing number of devotees at the Martyr Vitus erected a chapel, which during the centuries saw numerous building expansion and consolidation to transform the current Sanctuary-Fortress, aimed to protect the pilgrims who went there to worship the Holy One. In the eighteenth century San Vito Lo Capo was surveyed at the behest of the Royal Government gave land to anyone who wanted to reclaim and with the residence requirement. Under the jurisdiction of Erice San Vito Lo Capo was divided into three distinct villages, so San Vito Lo Capo, Macari and Castelluzzo were born. It took another 150 years when San Vito Lo Capo had separated from Erice, becoming independent municipality through a regional law of 1952, so it was born the town of San Vito Lo Capo with the adjoining villages of Macari and Castelluzzo. The road from Custonaci to the headland offers wonderful views out over the Golfo del Cofano. Before San Vito, it passes on the left one of the many 16C watch-towers that punctuate this area. It then continues past an attractive, characteristically cube-like, little chapel dedicated to San Crescenzia (16C). Beyond San Vito, on the left of the road stands an old and now abandoned tuna fishery (Tonnara del Secco). Up ahead sits the solitary Torre dell’Impio, another watch-tower (hidden on the way there, but clearly visible on the return). At the end of the road extends the marvellous National Park of Zingaro (sea Riserva dello ZINGARO). Monte Cofano – The towering limestone peak and the bay that surrounds it, now a nature reserve, make for a magnificent sight as the steep pinky-red cliffs extending skywards are mirrored (hopefully) in the crystal calm sea. Turn up the road on the right before Custonaci that leads to the bottom of the hill before continuing past a number of quarries gouged into the rocky flank. From these is extracted the marble known as Perlato di Sicilia, a startlingly white stone by comparison to the other brownish natural rock of the area. Not far from the quarries (follow the signs) nestles the grotto known as the Grotta Mangiapane (in the vicinity of Scurati). Inside, it shelters a tiny rural hamlet, complete with chapel and cobbled street. The endearing charm of this abandoned village, with its vaguely Mexican air (especially because of the square, mud-coloured houses), is especially poignant at Christmas, when it provides a setting for a captivating human enactment of the Christmas story.





Port of San Vito Lo Capo
Panoramic San Vito Lo Capo
Magic water in San Vito Lo Capo
Beach of San Vito Lo Capo
Rest on the beach of San Vito Lo Capo
Faragaioni Scopello
Cave Mangiapane in Custonaci
Sea rocks at Monte Cofano
Torrazzo in San Vito Lo Capo
Isulidda Tower
S.Creshenzia Chapel
Zingaro National Park
San Vito Lo Capo, Cous cous Festival