An agricultural hub renown in the past for a native variety of yellow melon called Cartucciaro, Paceco offers its visitors one of the most attractive naturalistic areas in Europe, also protected by the WWF: The Site of Special Scientific Interest of the Salt Pans of Trapani and Paceco, within which is also the museum about salt. The neighbouring hamlet of Nubia, which lies near an ancient warning tower, has been renovated for the production of salt, the traditional red garlic, and the pizzutello tomato. The small village of Dattilo is not far away, where you can try the speciality cannoli made with ricotta cheese. The interesting museum-library holds a substantial selection of archaeological finds. The inspiration for the name came from Maria Pacheco, granddaughter of a Spanish viceroy and wife of the marquis Placido Fardella who, in 1607, founded the city by jus populandi, which was granted to him by Philip III, the king of Spain, and thereby obtaining the title of prince. It is believed that from the perfect urban design, Paceco was squared off by the Spanish monk Sabellos, who had created the new neighbourhoods in Madrid. The area was lived in as far back as the prehistoric era, as evidenced by the finds in the rocky caves of the districts of Sciarrotta and Malummeri. Meanwhile the presence of the Arabs is clear through place names such as Misiligiafari, meaning a hamlet of the emir Giafar, and Nubia, from nwb, the word for gold.
Local government offices: 1, Via Giovanni Amendola, 91027 Paceco (TP)
Telephone switchboard: 0923 401111
Local police: tel. 0923 401500