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Balestrate, Castellammare del Golfo, Alcamo Marina and Trappeto are all located near the highway A29 and are therefore easily reachable from the airports and harbors of Palermo and Trapani. Their geographical location is also ideal for making day trips in the area. It is however not always necessary to take the – not at all busy - highway to be able to reach the various places of interest in the western part of Sicily. On this page you'll find several routes following provincial and local roads and leading you through the lovely hilly landscape of Sicily.

All itineraries start at the Eni gas station on the SP17 in Balestrate. The Eni is located here.

The itineraries on this page can be viewed in Google Earth. You can download this program for free at this location.

The itineraries on this page can also be viewed in Google Maps (You won't need additional software to view them).

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on-Sicily - The cathedral of Monreale, Sicily

This itinerary leads you through the mountains to Monreale. From this mountain road you'll have a lovely view of Gulf area (Golfo di Castellammare) and in Monreale you'll have a great view of the city of Palermo.

Itinerary:

Follow the SP17 in the direction of Partinico and Alcamo. Turn left at the end and follow this road (SS113) until the roundabout in Partinico. Turn right (SS186) in the direction of Partinico and follow the road until you reach Monreale. Don't enter Monreale yet, but follow the road for Palermo. At one point you will see a sign "P" (Via Ignazio Florio) on your left. This road takes you to a parking lot from where you can reach Monreale on foot.

Tip: You can take a bus or taxi into Palermo from the cathedral square in Monreale.

Towns you'll pass through on this route:

Balestrate, Partinico, Borgetto, Ponte di Sagana, Pioppo, Pensabene, Carrubba-Rincione, Fiumelato, Cannizzaro, Santa Rosalia and Monreale.

Length of this route:

34 km (Balestrate - Monreale)

Places of interest:

Cathedral of Monreale. See day trips.

Google Earth and Google Maps:

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on-Sicily  -  the area  -  itineraries  -  to segesta

on-Sicily - The temple of Segesta in Sicily

This route leads through the hilly landscape close to the town of Alcamo to the archaeological park of Segesta.

Itinerary:

Follow the SP17 in the direction of Partinico and Alcamo. Turn right on the (SS113) in the direction of Alcamo and follow this road until you see a sign for Segesta. Turn right here. Follow this road until you see the parking lot of the archeological park.

Towns you'll pass through on this route:

Balestrate and Alcamo.

Length of this route:

32 km (Balestrate - Segesta)

Places of interest:

Temple and amphitheater. See day trips.

Google Earth and Google Maps:

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on-Sicily  -  the area  -  itineraries  -  to trapani

on-Sicily - The harbor of Trapani, Sicily

This route leads through small towns and a hilly landscape with vineyards and grain fields to the city of Trapani.

Itinerary:

Follow the SP17 in the direction of Partinico and Alcamo. Turn right on the (SS113) in the direction of Alcamo and follow this road until you reach Trapani. There you can follow the signs for centro (city center) or porto (harbor). The downloadable  route  below leads to the harbor of Trapani.

Towns you'll pass through on this route:

Balestrate, Alcamo, Calatafimi, Borgo Bassi, Ummari, Ponte Binuara, Torretta, Specchia, Napola, Mockarta, Rigaletta, Milo and Trapani.

Length of this route:

75 km (Balestrate - harbor of Trapani)

Places of interest:

Several churches and the ruins of a castle in, and an obelisk (monument) close to the town of Calatafimi. See day trips, Calatafimi.

Off the beaten path:

On May 15th 1860 a great battle between Garibaldi and his mille (Resistance Army) and the Bourbons took place. The battle, which eventually was won by Garibaldi, was decisive for the organization of Sicily and the unification of Italy. On the hill where the battle took place, a few kilometers away from Segesta and Calatafimi, you can see an obelisk commemorating the soldiers who gave their lives to the unification of Italy. This memorial is located near the road to Trapani and is shown on the downloadable Google Earth route.

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on-Sicily  -  the area  -  itineraries  -  to corleone

on-Sicily - Corleone in Sicily
Following this route, you'll pass the lake Lago Poma and through a hilly landscape with vineyards, olive trees and grain fields, you'll reach the town of Corleone.

Itinerary:

Follow the SP17 in the direction of Partinico and Alcamo. Turn left at the end and follow this road (SS113) until the roundabout in Partinico. Turn right (SS186) in the direction of Partinico. Take the first exit and at the end of this exit turn left in the direction of San Cipirello and Corleone (SP2). When you arrive in San Cipirello, stay on the road (Viale Enrico Berlinguer - Via Aldo Moro) until you reach the provincial road Serralombardi-Scassabarile (SP4). Turn right here, in the direction of Corleone. Follow this road until you've reached the town of Corleone.

Towns you'll pass through on this route:

Balestrate, Partinico, San Cipirello, Torre dei Fiori, Borgo Schiro and Corleone

Length of this route:

54 km (Balestrate - Corleone)

Places of interest:

Corleone is located near the frazione (district/ward) Ficuzza, where you’ll find the recently renovated royal palace of Ferdinando IV of Bourbon. You can also take a walk in the beautiful ​​Bosco della Ficuzza (nature reserve).

Google Earth and Google Maps:

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on-Sicily  -  the area  -  itineraries  -  to sferracavallo

on-Sicily - Sferracavallo Sicily

This route follows the SS113 en SS187 and leads you through several small towns, like Terrasini, Villa Grazia di Carini, Capaci and Isola delle Femmine to the quaint harbor of Sferracavallo, where you'll find several good fish reataurants.

Itinerary:

Follow the SP17 in the direction of Balestrate's town center. From the main street (Via Madonna del Ponte) follow the signs for Trappeto. Drive through this coastal town and enter the SS187 in the direction of Palermo. Follow this road until you reach the SS113. Turn left here in the direction of Palermo and Terrasini and follow this road until you've reached the town of Sferracavallo. NB In the coastal town of Isola delle Femmine they are working on the railroad (2011), so there might be some detours. If that's the case, then just follow the blue signs for Palermo.

Towns you'll pass through on this route:

Balestrate, Trappeto, Terrasini, Cinisi, Pozzillo, Villa Grazia di Carini, Carini, Capaci, Isola delle Femmine and Sferracavallo.

Length of this route:

42 km (Balestrate - Sferracavallo)

Google Earth and Google Maps:

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