What to see in Alcamo, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including Castello dei Conti di Modica and Chiesa Matrice, as well as interesting excursions to Castellammare del Golfo and San Vito Lo Capo.
Located on a plateau in the province of Trapani, from which it is 51 km away, on the slopes of Mount Bonifato and with a view of the Gulf of Castellammare, Alcamo, which has Arab origins, was a possession of the noble families Perlata, Chiaramonte and Ventimiglia.
Along Corso VI Aprile there are remarkable palaces, as well as many churches.
The Church of Santissimi Paolo e Bartolomeo, dating back to the end of the seventeenth century, contains a remarkable late Gothic painting depicting the Madonna del Miele.
The large church of Sant’Oliva, built in the first half of the eighteenth century, preserves sixteenth-century sculptures by Gagini.
The seventeenth-century Church of the College overlooks the south side of the large square dedicated to Cielo d'Alcamo, which was a famous rhino of the thirteenth century.
The matrix church, dedicated to the Assumption, built in the second half of the seventeenth century, in the same place where a fourteenth-century church once stood, of which only the bell tower remains, includes a remarkable fifteenth-century portal.
Inside three naves, divided by red columns, there are remarkable sculptures by Antonello Gagini and his students.
The churches of San Salvatore, San Tommaso, San Francesco and San Francesco di Paola are also very interesting to see.
The fourteenth-century castle of the counts of Modica, or simply also called Alcamo Castle, having a square plan, shows imposing towers on its sides.
Among the excursions to be done in the surroundings include the one in Castellammare del Golfo, a renowned seaside resort located 7 km away and overlooking the homonymous gulf, where you can see the late medieval castle located in an elevated position.Recommended readings
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At 38 km there is San Vito Lo Capo, a famous resort beautifully located in a sandy basin at the foot of Monte Monaco, between the homonymous Capo and Punta Solanto, on the edge of the small peninsula that closes the Gulf of Castellammare.
Nearby, you can visit the Zingaro Natural Reserve, characterized by Mediterranean vegetation and suggestive coves with small beaches.
Scopello is located 16 km away, a small fishing center where there is a famous tonnara, lying on a hill from which you can enjoy a suggestive marine panorama.