Along the coast of the Sicilian Channel (in the south-west side of the island), from the top of a white cliff called Rupe di Cammordino, the town of Sciacca majestically overlooks the sea ... and looking at it from a distance it seems almost a small jewel set in the rock.
Sciacca, famous to tourists mainly for the Roman baths, the goliardic celebrations of the Carnival and ceramics, the real flagship of local artisanal production, it is a place full of points of interest starting from the numerous religious buildings scattered throughout the city. In addition to these, the city is characterized by a very respectable medieval urban layout, of which courtyards and doors of the ancient city walls remain in the middle of the historic center.
The beauty of Sciacca, however, is not limited "only" to this: here's what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening.
- 10 things to see in Sciacca in a weekend
- What to see in Sciacca in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Sciacca: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Sciacca
- Plan your stay in Sciacca: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Sciacca in a weekend
1 - Luna Castle
Let's start from the remains left by Sciacca's medieval past. The Luna Castle (or New Castle) is a polygonal complex erected in 1380 from the then vicar of Sicily, Guglielmo Peralta: the vicar gave his daughter Margherita in marriage to the noble Arturo di Luna, which is why the Castle took this particular name. Built in the upper part of the town, the fortress dominates the whole panorama from its privileged position, although part of the walls and the lookout towers have not been perfectly preserved to this day. The complex in fact today consists of four main parts: what remains of the defense walls, the large tower (of which the base remains), the cylindrical two-storey tower and the Palazzo del Conte (from whose windows you can admire an enchanting view of the city below).
- getting to Castello Luna is very simple, in fact it is possible to leave the car in Piazza Gerardo Noceto, and then continue on foot in via Amato and in Via Castello. In less than 2 minutes, you will arrive at your destination - Get directions
- open every day, from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00
- entrance to the facility costs € 3,00 per person
2 - Enchanted Castle
Another very interesting castle to visit in Sciacca is certainly the Enchanted Castle, located a few kilometers from the center. The peculiarity of the place is precisely themysterious atmosphere that characterizes it and that makes it a unique place of its kind, appreciated by both adults and children. Inside, in fact, the sculptor Filippo Bentivegna (also known by many as Filippo Testi) has created several bizarre paintings in which skyscrapers and fish are depicted in a strange compositional combination, while in the garden among olive and almond trees there are more than 3.000 sculptures of heads sculpted by Bentivegna himself in tree trunks and rocks. Furthermore, in the upper part of the farm, tunnels of different width and depth create a sort of labyrinth that makes the place even more evocative and particular.
- the Enchanted Castle is located in via Bentivegna, in the countryside surrounding the town. To get there, you need to take the car - Get directions
- in summer, from 9.00 to 21.00; in winter, from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 17.00
- € 3,00 per person. Reduced € 1,50 per person (valid for minors, students)
3 - Cathedral
Among the attractions to visit absolutely in Sciacca, it is impossible not to mention the Duomo (or Mother Church), easily identifiable in Piazza Don Minzoni. Consecrated to Santa Maria Maddalena, the Cathedral has a typically Latin cross structure, with three apses dating back to the Norman era. If from the outside you can already guess its majesty, well represented by the facade in Baroque style embellished with marble decorations and statues, it is the interiors that amaze visitors most, starting fromfresco on the ceiling of the central nave depicting the Apocalypse (made by the painter Tommaso Rossi). In the side aisles, on the other hand, scenes and salient episodes that marked the life of Mary Magdalene alternate.
- it is located in the historic center, in Piazza Don Minzoni, easily reachable on foot - Get directions
- open every day from 8.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00 (19.30 from Monday to Friday)
4 - Palazzo Steripinto
Among the works of civil architecture in Sciacca, Palazzo Steripinto is one of the best known: this aristocratic residence, built in the early 1500s by Antonio Noceto (nephew of the famous botanist Gerardo Noceto) in Catalan-Gothic style, it is perhaps one of the most incredible testimonies of the construction art of the place. Its peculiarity in fact lies in the dense series of stone bosses that cover the facade of the building with a diamond point, with ornaments of scallops and mullioned windows, and which create a rather unique decorative effect. The facade is therefore overall a riot of colors and opulence, which makes it one of the most visited attractions of the town.
- it is located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele and is therefore perfectly reachable on foot - Get directions
- unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the palace inside. However, just for the architectural peculiarity of the exteriors alone, it is worth inserting it in your possible itinerary in Sciacca.
5 - Church of Santa Margherita
Founded by Eleonora d'Aragona in 1342, the Church of Santa Margherita has a Catalan-style main entrance, while the marble door on the right of the building was built in 1468 by Pietro de Bonitate. The interior with a single nave, on the other hand, presents typical elements of the Baroque style, including frescoes and polychrome stuccoes. The most astonishing element of the entire building, however, is the coffered ceiling embellished with pure gold decorations, in the center of which a canvas (belonging to an unknown painter) depicts the image of Mary Immaculate. Currently closed to worship, the Church of Santa Margherita is however open to the public for exhibitions, conferences and concerts.
- is located in Via Incisa, just 5 minutes walk from the Municipality - Get directions
- they vary according to the event / manifestation that takes place within the Church
- the same goes for the cost of entrance tickets
6 - Scaglione Museum
Not far from the Cathedral of Sciacca, stands the house-museum dedicated to the art lover and great collector Francesco Scaglione and inaugurated in November 1988. The house, divided into several rooms decorated with Greek motifs on the walls, it contains a truly remarkable historical and cultural heritage: in addition to antique furniture and ceramics, here you can admire coins dating back to the Roman period, paintings by Italian and foreign painters of the eighteenth century but also of the nineteenth century, historical photographs, postcards, weapons and even a silk fan that belonged to a large th century lady.
- from the Duomo, just take a stroll to get to the Museum - Get directions
- the Museum is open from Wednesday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00. On the weekend instead from 16:00 to 20:00.
7 - City gates
As already mentioned, some of the most evident testimonies of the medieval past lived by Sciacca are the countless gates inserted along the defensive walls, once used to access / exit the city. Among these, we point out Porta Palermo, built during the reign of Charles II of Bourbon, still with the symbol of the reigning family: the eagle with outstretched wings, Porta Salvatore with more ornaments, including the coat of arms of the city and that of the Austrian family then in power and Porta S. Calogero.
- the city gates are located in several points along the entire line that once formed the defensive walls. Porta Palermo, located in Piazza Marconi - Get directions; Porta Salvatore, located in Via Orti S. Salvatore - Get directions; Porta S. Calogero, located in Piazzetta S. Gennaro - Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Hermitage of San Calogero
On Monte San Calogero, about 7km from the center of Sciacca, stands the Hermitage of San Calogero, built in the place of an old church where it was said that the saint healed the sick and housed passing pilgrims. The construction of the religious site began at the beginning of 1530, by the bishop Mariano Manno with the help of the contributions of the faithful. The facade of the church has a white color with four pillars of lava stone to support the cornice above; the interior instead consists of a single nave with eight side altars and a high altar, on which on display is a statue of San Calogero enclosed in a wooden case dating back to the eighteenth century.
- to get to the Hermitage it is strictly necessary to use your own car, given its position and the distance from the historic center of Sciacca, it takes just under 12 minutes to get there) - Get directions
- always accessible. The times of the masses are, weekdays 16:30; holidays, 11:00 - 16:30 - 18:00
9 - Capo San Marco beach
Not only cultural attractions, but in Sciacca there is no shortage of natural beauties and one of these is certainly the beach located near Capo San Marco. Equipped with both an equipped area and a part dedicated to the free beach, it is a corner in which to take refuge to relax in the sun, clear sea and shallow water (especially suitable for those traveling with children). If during your weekend in Sciacca you feel like take advantage of a beautiful day for a little seaside escape, this is the ideal place also considering its proximity to the town.
- from Sciacca, you can reach the beach by car in a few minutes. In this case, both free parking and (in case of exhaustion) paid parking are available, at a cost of € 3,00 for the whole day - Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Caves of the Charger
Reopened not many years ago thanks to the intervention of a small local association, with the aim of showing tourists how grain was once stored before being shipped by sea, the Caves of the Charger they are a gem of Sciacca that not everyone knows and that is definitely worth considering during a discovery tour of the city. The museum is still under development, but despite this it is however possible to visit most of the tunnels and galleries present, in some cases even accompanied by a tour guide. If you are of the particularly adventurous type or if you want to discover a more unusual aspect of Sciacca, this site could certainly be a great option.
- are located just 2 minutes walk from Porto San Paolo, in Piazza Dogana - Get directions
- Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 18:30 to 20:30
- 2,00 € per person
What to see in Sciacca in one day: recommended itinerary
Sciacca it is an ideal destination to visit even in just one day, thanks to its small size and the possibility of condensing the main attractions of the historic center, excluding those further away.
The itinerary we propose is entirely passable on foot and it starts right from the historic center, or rather from the area that rises around Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. It starts from the Cathedral, also known as the Mother Church or the Basilica of Maria Santissima del Soccorso. It is not very big but it hides many treasures inside, consider dedicating an hour to it.
Once out of the Duomo, visit the Scaglione Museum and its collection of treasures from the past, right in front of the Duomo. Then walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to Palazzo Steripinto (not far away), right time to be fascinated by the most famous facade in all of Sciacca.
After the visit, reach Porta Palermo, one of the best preserved of the ancient medieval doors. It's time for lunch, the Hostaria del Vicolo is located just below Porta Palermo, in vicolo Sammaritano 10 (Get directions), and you can taste dishes based on fish and Mediterranean cuisine. From here it will not be difficult for you to reach the Church of Santa Margherita, perhaps taking advantage of a particular exhibition / event that is held inside during your stay. Leaving the church, go back towards the center towards Piazza Scandaliato to enjoy an excellent aperitif, in one of the bars present, accompanied by a wonderful sunset over the sea that only Sicily can offer.
Since it is now dinner time, we recommend that you stop at eat in one of the delicious restaurants overlooking the seafront, such as La Lampara, located in Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo 13 (Get directions), ideal especially for a romantic dinner with a view.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Duomo - opening hours: from Mon to Sun from 8:00 to 12:00, from 16:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
- Scaglione Museum - opening hours: from Wed to Fri from 9:00 to 13:00, from 15:00 to 19:00 Sat-Sun from 16.00 to 20.00
- Palazzo Steripinto - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Porta Palermo - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Lunch at the Hostaria del Vicolo
- Church of Santa Margherita - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: depends on the current exhibition
- Piazza A.Scandaliato - enjoy an excellent aperitif and linger on the suggestive panorama that the square can offer - opening hours: always accessible
- Dinner at the La Lampara restaurant
Where to eat in Sciacca: the best restaurants
- Cantine De Gregorio: fish restaurant and Mediterranean cuisine
Average price per person: € 40,00 / 50,00
Address and contacts: Contrada Ragana Snc (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0925991299
- Hostaria del Vicolo restaurant: fish restaurant and Mediterranean cuisine
Average price per person: € 40,00
Address and contacts: vicolo Sammaritano, 10 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 092523071
- Conte Luna Pizzeria: pizzeria also specializing in gluten-free dough, as well as vegan / vegetarian dishes
Average price per person: € 18,00
Address and contacts: Piazza Gerardo Noceto, 11 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 3208884389
- The Stranizze: restaurant with fish and meat specialties, fresh products and 0 km. Quality and honest prices.
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0925 81735
- The King's Inn: pizzeria and trattoria with a reinterpretation of traditional dishes and fresh products.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: Via Lioni, 12 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 324 687 7922
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Sciacca
Sciacca is not a particularly large city, so the proposals for the evening can be a little more limited than those of other nearby locations and there is not even a unique and specific area for nightlife, although it is possible to come across easily in bars and clubs with an incomparable view of the sea. In general, however, in Sciacca there are pubs and bars of all kinds if you know where to look: that's why we recommend three, suitable both for the winter period and for spending a summer evening with friends.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Paliko Sciacca: perfect place to have a beer with friends, sharing a sandwich or a pizza with friends
Address: via Madonnuzza, 2 - Get directions
- Vittorio Emanuele Pub: English-style pub with a wide choice of cocktails and spirits
Address: corso Vittorio Emanuele, 230 - Get directions
- Mastro Malto: brewery with an excellent selection of beers and platters
Address: via Gaie di Garaffe, 24 - Get directions
- The Skalunata: quaint pub with great mixology and live music
Address: Piazza Giacomo Matteotti - Get directions
- Eos Wine Bar: club in the center with a wide choice of cocktails and drinks, often with live music events
Address: via Licata - Get directions
Plan your stay in Sciacca: info and useful tips
- by car. From Palermo via the A29 Palermo-Mazara del Vallo motorway, Castelvetrano exit, then SS 115 towards Agrigento until the junction for Sciacca (about 1 hour and 50 minutes) or via the SS 624 Palermo-Sciacca (97 km, about 90 min). From Agrigento SS115 for about 60 km (about 70 min)
- Getting around: on foot. Moving by car is not recommended as the urban layout is difficult, made up of very narrow streets and steep climbs and descents. Use the car only to move around or at the most for the attractions in the upper part if you don't like walking
- Where to park: we recommend outside the center, in order to continue your visit on foot. Most of the car parks not far from the center, however, are paid, so we recommend the uncovered car parks in Via dell'Arca (located on the outskirts) and that of Piazza Mariano Rossi or the one in Via Orti Mori, not too far from the port area. In the upper part of the city, however, there is the car park in Piazza Gerardo Noceto
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Among the most popular and those that certainly deserve a visit, we recommend Agrigento, the Scala dei Turchi, the Torre Salsa Nature Reserve, Capo Bianco, Castelvetrano and Selinunte, Lago Arancio and Caltalbellotta, Marsala (obviously the list could be even longer, but we tried to contain ourselves)