Dimora Botteghelle is located in one of the picturesque neighbourhoods of Trapani Old Town, the Botteghelle district, which takes its name from the nearby Porta delle Botteghelle. This gate is part of the city walls, known as the Mura di Tramontana, which overlook the splendid stretch of sea on the north coast of the city, where you can admire one of the most beautiful panoramas in Trapani.
It is a quiet neighbourhood and its alleys and laneways offer craft shops, little eateries, bakeries and pastry shops that fill the air with the fragrances of fresh bread and cakes. The Dimora is a short stroll from the Tramontana beach, the pedestrian area and the many architectural wonders of the city.
The port, from where hydrofoils and ferries depart for the Egadi Islands and Pantelleria, is a ten-minute walk away.
Wild and unspoilt, they offer spectacular coves, bays and caves lapped by transparent water. The Egadi archipelago is located at the westernmost tip of Sicily, a few miles from Trapani, and consists of the islands Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. The splendid backdrops that surround the islands, rich in flora and fauna but also full of archaeological finds, and the wild coastline make it a little piece of paradise on earth, protected by the Marine Area, established by an Interministerial Decree on 21/12/1991 and entrusted to the management of the Municipality of Favignana, in 2001, by the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea. This is the largest Protected Marine Area in Europe where vast posidonia beds, like a huge underwater tropical forest, provide a precious breeding habitat for several species of fish, and there is an enormous variety of resident and migratory birds, extraordinary cetaceans, Caretta Caretta sea turtles and the extremely rare Monk Seal.
Charming beaches, hidden coves and suggestive caves along the jagged coast make for absolutely magical and unique scenery for all lovers of nature and the sea. A holiday in the Egadi Islands is a perfect choice for lovers of the sea and unspoilt nature. The Egadi Islands are a magical archipelago where the hand of man can barely be seen, leaving the panoramas and the beauty of the landscape intact.
But there are cultural attractions, too: from the former Florio fish-processing plant, the largest museum of the sea in Europe, to the Grotta del Genovese, the most important complex of cave paintings and rock art in our country, dating back to the Palaeolithic and Neolithic ages.
The painter Salvatore Fiume called it a ‘butterfly on the sea’, on account of its distinctive shape; and it is the largest of the Egadi Islands. The island of tuff quarries, of the tuna-processing plant, of he picturesque bays, and of the crystal-clear sea with its magical shades. The landscape is very varied: sheer rocky coasts overlooking the sea alternate with gentle coves with fine sand, beaches, caves and disused ancient tuff quarries in which wonderful subterranean gardens have been created … an island of unique charm!
Of the three, this is the truest “island” of the Egadis, in fact it detached from the mainland several thousand years before the other two islands in the archipelago. The Greeks called it Hiera “Sacred Island”, and some believe it could coincide with the ancient homeland of Ulysses, Ithaca. Marettimo is the highest and rockiest of the Egadi Islands, with its single fishermen’s village made up of small houses huddled together and daily life that is an idyll of peace and serenity.
The smallest and prettiest of the Egadis, with its dazzling white houses nestled around the harbour, appears for all the world like a nativity scene. The island is surrounded by a pristine sea.
For those who wish to discover the island together with us, we await you at the “Cibo, Chiacchiere e Vino” restaurant, and our two Boutique hotels.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 154/156
Trapani (TP) – 91100