What does the traveller crave above the tourist? Authenticity, to be part of the normal life of a city,to be part of its people .
I got close to that in Trapani ,Sicily. I had wanted to be on the seafront by the boats and ferries,
but also to experience the back streets , where people actually lived . Almaran B& B offered all that with a sense of a home, with freedom to come and go.
We ate breakfast a few steps away at a seafront Café Staitii with bellezze barriste,great coffee and beautifully baked pastries and, my wife’s favourite, spremute, an orange freshly juiced. In our street each morning we had a fruit seller with a barrow calling out his selection and the chatter of children going to school. Sleek modern ferries and cruise ships were visible from our window and my son had a balcony to hang his washed socks on!
The bedrooms and bathrooms were very clean . Ours had painted ornate baroque wooden furniture but or son’s was more modern décor with French windows leading on to his balcony .
Our host was more than helpful and knowledgeable about restaurants and transport . Of course we did the sights. Erice, the Elymian town on its rocky hill behind Trapani with breathtaking views. Go in the afternoon on a sunny day and it is a mysterious atmospheric marvel as the light changes and a sea mist comes in with the dusk. No wonder the ancients chose this magical place for their temple to Venus.
And at Segesta , a short bus ride from Trapani, is one of the most complete Greek temples in the world in a magnificent setting nestling amongst hills of pine and maquis vegetation. Huge agaves lined the temple path and near the temple itself wild rosemary bushes in bloom attracted black bees. For a Scot who had left a cold wet October autumn behind this was a delight.
From the temple you then walk to the nearby hilltop remains of the Elymyian town of Segesta , with its almost intact Greek theatre. All the way up the hill were herbs in bloom and fruiting bushes such as bright blue sloes and blood red hawthorn berries.
Back in Trapani itself we took delight in La Marguerita, a garden of exotic trees such as ancient canopied strangler figs, flowering kapok trees and a stately araucaria and sat on the beautiful beach that stretches along the north of the peninsula.
But the surprise was the people. Used to the less friendly northern Italians , Sicilians in contrast were friendly and chatty, tolerant of our not so perfect Italian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bus stop to airport is only 350 mts from Almaran BB.Boarding to Egadian islands is only 50 mts from Almaran BB.Bus stop to palermo is only 350 mts from Almaran BB.Our rooms are lightning sea view with private bath rooms,AC,Tv,WiFi.Discover Trapani area from Almaran BB, beaches in city centre ! ... more less
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- Almaran B&B Trapani Port & City Sicily