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The Italian island of Favignana is the largest of the three main Egadi islands in southern Italy. The island is located around 7 km to the west off the coast of Sicily, between Trapani and Marsala. The island is often described as having a 'butterfly' shape. Located on a narrow strip of land that connects the two 'wings' of the island stands Favignana town. The two wings of the island have very different characteristics. The eastern part of the island is mainly flat while the western part of the island has a chain of hills of which Monte Santa Caterina is the tallest at 314 m above sea level. Sitting on top of Monte Santa Caterina is a fort which was originally established by the Saracens and is still in use by the Italian army. Visitors should note that the fort is not open to the public. Although there are tourist amenities, the island's character seems little-altered, and travellers who come here are happy to fit in with the leisurely island way of life. Located off the south coast of Favignana are a number of small islands.
Favignana has good, frequent ferry connections with the other islands and with Trapani and Marsala. By hydrofoil Favignana is around thirty minutes journey time from Trapani.
The Italian city of Naples is the largest city in southern Italy and is certainly one of the most beautiful, especially around the Bay of Naples. The city was founded by the Greeks and was later enlarged by the Romans all of which is reflected in the city's rich history and stunning architecture. Located to one side of Naples is Mount Vesuvius, and near to the bay are the picturesque islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, all of which are located close enough for day trips departing from Naples.
The centre of Naples is quite compact and is full of palaces, spectacular churches, monasteries, convents and castles and is the perfect place to stroll around and marvel at the spectacle. Popular attractions are the Duomo, which is an ancient cathedral that dates back to the late 13th century and early 14th century. Also of interest is the Palazzo Reale, the Teatro San Carlo and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which is filled with some of the best archaeological exhibits in Italy. Finally, there is the Napoli Sotterranea which is a series of underground tunnels, stairs, rooms and halls that are right in the heart of the city.