San Vito lo Capo

The road to San Vito lo Capo offers a wonderful panorama of hills covered with olive trees alternating with marble quarries; as you drive along you will glimpse a small stopping place revealing an enchanting landscape: Mount Cofano and Makari beach. A bit further on you will see the sixteenth-century tower and the ancient chapel of Santa Crescenzia. You then go down to the houses of San Vito lo Capo, a village of 3900 inhabitants standing six metres above sea level. Originally a farming and seafaring centre, today San Vito Lo Capo is a well-known seaside resort, located in a small bay of golden sand, between Capo San Vito and the Solanto headland, at the foot of Mount Monaco.

It was the location of a tuna-fishing net, which has not been in use since the 17th century, and was often visited by pilgrims devoted to the saint: it is said that Vito fled from his native city with his wet nurse Crescenzia and his teacher Modesto at the time of the persecutions, because of his faith. Following his sanctification, a chapel with accommodation was dedicated to him which became a Sanctuary in 1545. Towards the end of the 18th century, housing grew up around it and in recent years, thanks to the growing number of tourists, the village has expanded to its current size.

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