8 Best Things To Do In Alcamo, Italy

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Alcamo is a beach destination in the Sicily region of Italy, and, being a European destination, it also has value, culture, history and heritage, which can be seen in its castles, churches, historic sites and, of course, its beach areas and farming villages, to complete the traditional European authentic village scene.

There are also hills and gulf areas to be seen, as well as religious sites, medieval art and unique historic districts, which bring a feeling of tradition and authenticity, in a modern landscape. In a city with so much to see, we’ve broken down the top picks, in this list of the best things to do in Alcamo, Italy.

1. Castle of Calatubo

Castello di Calatubo (02)
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This is a unique castle and architectural complex, close to the beach and the limestone rocks and views of Mount Bonifato and the Gulf of Castellammare, making this an authentic European beach getaway. The castle is a fortress, with stone walls and defense mechanisms, as well as underground tunnels, which connect it to other castles in the area. There are also church halls and other buildings in this unique architectural complex, worth checking out.

Castle of Calatubo

Address: Strada Provinciale 132, 91011 Alcamo, Sicily, Italy

Website: Castle of Calatubo

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2. Church of Jesus

Chiesa del Collegio dei Gesuiti (Alcamo) 04
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Daniele Pugliesi used under CC BY-SA 4.0

This is a prominent church in Italy and has also been made famous by icons like Johnny Depp, the hippie liberal movement and the Italian mafia, as portrayed in movies. The Church of Jesus is on the beach and illustrates some novel architecture and amenities, such as basketball courts, sports areas and spaces for cultural and religious events. Besides all this, the church features beautiful sculptures by renowned artists of the region and showcases a landscape of Mediterranean plants, in open green spaces.

Church of Jesus

Address: Piazza Ciullo, 91011 Alcamo TP, Italy

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3. Assumption Church

Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta (Alcamo) - Facciata
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This is another of the churches in the area and gives an idea of Italian religious sentiment and how it is portrayed in a beach environment. The church is quite ancient and features paintings and frescoes by renowned painters, as well as columns of red marble, obtained from Mount Bonifato. There are also statues of religious leaders here and paintings of virgins, which make the Assumption Church a unique religious getaway from the beach area.

Assumption Church

Address: Piazza IV Novembre, 4, 91011 Alcamo TP, Italy

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4. Centro Storico di Alcamo

Torre di avvistamento (Alcamo) 02
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This is a historic site, known as the preserved area of the Old Town, found in the city center. It is quite enchanting, with its narrow streets, traditional buildings, quaint architecture and, of course, the churches, which complete the scene and are featured alongside the car parks and modern hectic urban life. There is also a coastal lane that leads to the Gulf of Castellammare and a beautiful beach, with amazing water and traditional Italian food, in the nearby restaurants. The entire scene offers beach splendor, amongst a historic and quaint landscape.

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5. Piazza Ciulio

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This is a historic square in the city, that features the Town Hall and some churches, as well as some restaurants and sandwich shops. Besides the churches, one can enjoy the ancient Arabian fountain and the narrow lanes, which lead away from the Piazza. There is also a sidewalk, from where one can view the gorgeous Alcamo Marina coastline and beach area. At sunset, it is the best place to head to admire the fascinating views and natural splendor, in a historic setting.

Piazza Ciulio

Address: Piazza Ciullo, 91011 Alcamo, Sicilia, Italia

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6. Alcamo Marina

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This is the prominent beach area of Alcamo and features a golden sandy beach and a variety of accommodation and recreational amenities. There are also excavation sites, geological formations and fossil shells, which feel a bit “Pirates of the Caribbean” and lend some information about the areas past. There are also sea lily plants and sand dunes on the beach, as well as some nearby interesting towns, with medieval architecture and even temples, amphitheaters and concerts, for the hip crowd.

Alcamo Marina

Address: 91011 Alcamo, Sicily, Italy

Website: Alcamo Marina (in Italian)

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7. Augustali Farms

Augustali Farms is a farm area, near a beautiful nature reserve and one can even go to nearby islands from here. This is a great family holiday destination, for people with kids. Games on the lawn and playgrounds are offered here, as well as traditional Italian food specialties, like cheese and honey, for an authentic Italian village experience and getaway. There is also a lot of grass to relax on and it’s a detached and authentic rural experience, in the coziness of the area.

Augustali Farms

Address: Contrada Bosco Falconeria, Alcamo, Sicily, Italy

Website: Augustali Farms

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8. Terrasini Beach

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This is another beach destination in the Alcamo area and features red rocks in the Red Bay area and a natural reserve in the Capo Rama area. There are also cliffs, jutting above the beach and watchtowers, along the coast. There are also archaeological and anthropological museums in the area, as well as festivals and theatre and concert performances, throughout the town.

The beach is located near Palermo and between the mountains and the Gulf of Castellammare and can be reached easily from Palermo International Airport, which is also the main airport serving the Alcamo area.

Terrasini Beach

Website: Terrasini Beach

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Alcamo is not just an Italian beach destination...

Not only a prominent beach destination, Alcamo features castles and ancient ruins, which give an idea of its historic and traditional culture. Other architectural wonders, such as churches, complete the scene and the historic center gives an idea of the authentic and traditional Italian culture, still celebrated here. Alcamo Marina is a sprawling beach resort complex, which offers impressive geological formations, while the farmlands of the area add to the authentic village experience that can be loved and experienced by anyone, whether you are a solo traveler or a family.

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Msah is a writer from Calcutta, India and interested in exploring untrodden destinations and areas with an interest in activities, art and culture and nature space.

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