Travel Advice: Santa Ninfia and the province of Trapani

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Here’s this week’s query.

Hello, Rochelle!

What travel planning advice would you suggest as I’d like to explore Sicily, particularly the area where my grandparents were born – Santa Ninfa.

Thank you.

Hello M.

Thanks for your email. It’s great to hear from you and that you are planning to explore Sicily, especially the area where your family is originally from.

You will have a valuable experience and feel connected to your ancestry.

You mentioned you want to explore the area around Santa Ninfa, which, if I’m not mistaken, is in the Province of Tapani, a very rich part of the Island to visit.

I imagine you will be flying into Palermo, so I suggest you explore the city, which is rich in sights, museums and restaurants, even though it is a bit touristy it is a great place to start.

You can easily catch the train west, across from Palermo and explore the picturesque coastal towns on the way to Santa Ninfa. Places like San Vito lo Capo and Castellammare.

Be sure to stop in Alcamo on your way to taste some of best white wines you have ever tasted.

The towns of Trapani, Marsala and Salemi are worth a visit if you want a day trip from wherever you are basing yourself or from Santa Ninfa itself.

The Marsala and Trapani are wonderful areas to explore, from the wineries, Natural reserves, salt pans and archeological museums in the area there are plenty of things to see and do.

I’d spend time exploring the area’s wineries (that is if you drink wine). Be sure to do a winery tour and enjoy the local speciality of seafood couscous.

Along the coast from Palermo to Marsala there are stunning seaside towns to explore like Trapani and Marsala itself. There are also the Aegadian Islands (Isole Egadi) like Favignana which make for beautiful beachside day trips or stays.

I hope this gives you a few exciting leads to follow.

These are some suggestions just off the top of my head.

I hope this is helpful, and enjoy your trip.

Buon Viaggio

Regards from RDB

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