Over its history, situated among the routes that have been crossing the Mediterranean for thousands of years, according to the myth’s language used by Homer, Sicily has seen different dominators coming in succession in its territory, from Mycenaeans to Phoenicians, from Greeks to Romans, from Byzantines to Arabs, from Normans to Spaniards: each of these populations, enchanted by local resources, left the island something and contributed to create a varied and complex region.
The route sites that are proposed are already part of the Sicilian archaeological and cultural circuit. The invitation is to go beyond historical – archaeological traces and discover the cultural landscape in a broader sense, able to offer multiple emotions, unique experiences made of images and atmospheres.
Marsala, Palermo, Solunto but also Selinunte, Pantelleria, Erice, Favignana, the Egadi Islands, Castellammare del Golfo and Sambuca of Sicily. Beautiful Sicilian tourist destinations, these places have another common denominator, too: being one of the greatest Phoenician centres on the island, crossroads that guaranteed the bonds between the ancient people of sailors and local inhabitants, from the “sicilioti” to the Greeks. On the “Phoenician Route” Sicily is one of the main hubs of nautical routes, frequented between the XI and IX century BC thanks to the creation of points of support and exchange and then destination of stable locations of the Phoenicians since the VIII century BC, mostly in the west part of the island. Cities first conceived as commercial emporiums and then, in the second half of the VI century BC, transformed into fortified cities.