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The Italian island of Marettimo is one of the Aegadian Islands that lie in the Mediterranean Sea to the west of Sicily. It is the second largest of the Aegadian islands and has around 300 inhabitants, which increases to roughly 700 in the summer when the tourist season is in full swing. Tourism, traditional handicraft and fishing are the main sources of income for the island's inhabitants. During Roman times the island was an important observation point which is why Casa Romana exists. It is from there that passing vessels could be observed as routes between Italy and north Africa and Italy and Spain would pass the island. Located adjacent to Casa Romana is a restored Byzantine-Norman church which is worth visiting along with a few impressive grottos dotted around the island's coast. There are also many places to swim in the island's crystal clear waters off the western coast although they are only accessible by boat.
Marettimo is around 40 minutes by hydrofoil from Favignana, and an hour 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.