San Vito Lo Capo, Province of Trapani, Sicily, Italy
The Saracens had a settlement here, and on that fortress a chapel was later built in the 13th century dedicated to San Vito. A legend says that the 20-year old Vito, born at Mazara del Vallo and persecuted at the time of Emperor Diocletianus, took refuge with his nurse Crescenza in a small village in this bay, which was buried in a landslide. To the sight, Crescenza was petrified, and a chapel was built on the spot, thanks to the many miracles recorded. The Sanctuary became also a fortress to protect the many pilgrims.
Then in the 18th century peasants and fishermen started to build their homes around the fortified Sanctuary, which gave rise to the town of San Vito Lo Capo.
What to see
- The Museo del Mare, with important relics from the sea bottoms, and items from a shipwreck of Norman times.
- 19th-century Palazzo La Porta, with fine majolicas and a luxuriant garden.
- The Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, which can be visited only on foot along well-kept paths, leading also to the Grotta dell'Uzzo, wherre traces were found of some of the earliest prehistoric settlements in Sicily.