Sciacca

Location of Sciacca on Sicily

Sciacca is a small port town in the province Agrigenta of Sicily, Italy.

Understand

Sciacca is a main tourist attraction. The tourism potentials are diverse. In the historic city center a large part of the sixteenth-century ramparts with three almost completely intact city gates still exist. You will find the largest concentration of historic buildings throughout the region. Rich religious traditions are still maintained, such as religious processions and the old carnival. Sciacca is a spa by the presence of thermal baths. Sciacca has a fishing port and a marina. On either side of the city are main beaches.

History

In the east of the city lies the Sican settlement, this settlement is called Figuli settlement. The Sciacca area has been settled very early. Even the Romans knew of the healing springs.

Under the rule of the Arabs and the Normans, the city grew. Among the Arabs the current structure of the old town was built. At that time, the city walls and the castle were built.

In 1330 the town walls and castle were restored under Frederick II of Aragon. In the 16th New century churches and monasteries were built. After this time, as a result of the feud (Caso di Sciacca) between the Perollo family and the Count of Luna, which lasted nearly 70 years, the city declined.

After the Second World War, today's thermal plants were built.

Get in

By plane

There is no international airport in the province. Sciacca is about 120km away from two main airports:

By car

The city is easy to reach from all directions. From Palermo and Trapani by the A29 and SS115, from Agrigento by the SS115.

By bus

There are three bus companies in Sicily, Sais, Ast and Interbus, which connect the main cities.

By train

Sciacca has no railway station. The nearest station is about 35km away in Castelvetrano, province Trapani.

By boat

Although Sciacca has a port, there are no ferry companies that service connections to other port cities.

Get around

You can easily go around by foot or taxi.

See

Quartiere di San Michele

You can find beautiful churches in the upper part of the town, reachable through the old city gate Porta San Calogero. One of the most important is Chiese di Santa Maria dell'Itria which was built in 1380. The church has a beautiful gate with carved floral decoration. The nave of the church is decorated with pure gold. In this area you will also find remains of the monumental castle Castello dei Luna. The castle was built at the end of the 14th century and renovated in the 16th century, but almost completely destroyed in the 19th century. Only the outer walls and an impressive tower survived the devastation. Quartiere di San Michele is an Arab Kasbah connected with stairs and alleys with the Old Town.

Monumental buildings

Palazzo Steripinto

Do

  • Stufe di San Calogero, Monte Kronio. The thermal cave on Monte Kronio
  • Terme di Sciacca, Via Agatocle, 2,  +39 0925961111, e-mail: . This complex was built in 1938 and overlooks the sea. A large number of therapeutic treatments are performed under auspices of the Servizio Sanitario Nazionale.
  • Piscine Molinelli, Via Marco Polo,  +39 0925080462, e-mail: . Mid Jun to mid Sep 09:30-13:00 and 15:00-19:30. It is the largest thermal pool complex of Sicily with three swimming pools and a separate pool for children
Sciacca Carnival

Festa della Madonna del Soccorso

One of the main religious festivals of Sciacca is the feast of Madonna del Soccorso, the patroness of the country, which is celebrated on February 2 and August 15. The festival dates back to the seventeenth century as a result of the plague. According a legend, a statue of Mary that was found at sea is carried by fisherman in procession since that time.

Carnevale di Sciacca

The Carnival of Sciacca has an ancient history, which some claim originated in Roman times. More likely it comes from the 17th century when the first people went on street in disguise. Later decorated floats were driven through the narrow streets. Sciacca is a in competition with Acireale on the east coast that has a rich carnival history too. If you are not in a position to come to Sciacca during carnival please consolation to visit the carnival museum:

Buy

Sciacca is known for its ceramics. Visit a ceramic shop:

Eat

As you would expect, Sciacca has some excellent seafood on offer.

Drink

Piazza Scandaliato

Sleep

In Sciacca and vicinity are many hotels, B&B's and holiday homes.

Campsite

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