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San Vito Lo Capo

One of the most famous beaches in Sicily, it emerges like a shell from the foot of Mount Monaco on the edge of the little peninsula that closes the Gulf of Castellammare. The small village, traditionally a fishing village, grew around an ancient sanctuary-fortress dedicated to St. Vito. Apart from the stunning beach that fills to bursting in August, its territory includes places that are less well known but no less interesting, such as Castelluzzo and Macari. Furthermore, a good part of the Zingaro Site of Special Scientific Interest falls within the municipality of San Vito Lo Capo, and is accessible by foot. For several years now the village has become home to the Cous Cous Festival. The history of the village is tied with St. Vito who, according to local legend, came through from the Roman-named Egitarso or Egitello in the 3rd century A.D., having been forced to leave his own town of Mazara. It is believed that after the martyrdom of the saint, near the mouth of the river Sele, a small church sprung up at Egitarso, This church was renovated in the 15th century and subsequently became the fortress-sanctuary at the behest of the inhabitants of Erice, whose district included the territory of San Vito. The village, which has had its own municipality since 1952, developed around the sanctuary between the 18th and 19th centuries as a little fishing village that is a part of Erice and its countryside.

Contacts:

Local government offices 167, Via Savoia, 91010 San Vito Lo Capo (TP)

Telephone switchboard: 0923 621211

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Website www.comune.sanvitolocapo.tp.it

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Local police: 0923 621218

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