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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 port city of Trapani is located in the west of Sicily and is sometimes known as the "City of the Two Seas". It is situated on a strip of land that reaches out to see with two prongs, and is dominated by the Tower of Ligny and by the Lazzaretto. The town was originally named Drepanon and was initially a market outpost of Erice which was later a Phoenician trading port. Following this, it became a Roman province but the most significant impact on the town was made by the three centuries of Arab rule. Around the city there are many sites of interest including the medieval walled hill town of Erice, Marsala, which is famous for its wine, and the ancient Greek site of Selinunte. One of the best places to visit, perhaps for a day or two, is the three island archipelago of the Egadi islands, which lie just off the coast. Two of the islands can be reached from Trapani in only half an hour.