San Matteo (St. Matthew), Martogna and the forest areas of Erice

San Matteo (St. Matthew), Martogna and the forest areas of Erice

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On the mountain of Erice there are equipped areas with panoramic views: Martogna, approximately 2 Kilometers from Trapani, surrounded by Mediterranean pine, eucalyptus and oak trees, is equipped with wooden benches and tables, a playground, fountains, toilet service, a faunal area and an artificial pond with different animal species (including birds); the landscape of San Matteo, in the north-western side of the mountain, has rocky crags with deep and suggestive gullies, grottoes, ravines and broad plains with conifers and broadleaves, but also nut, cherry, carob and almond trees. Within the area, at Baglio Cusenza, is located the Agro-Forest Museum, a point of reference for the knowledge of the natural and ethno-anthropological heritage of this territory, with ancient tools, collections of exiccàta (sections and fragments of forest plants expressly dried), stuffed birds, nests and reptiles kept in formaline. Not far from here is a Christian place of worship dating back to the VI-VII centuries; located on an ancient cistern, it is probably the church of San Matteo (St. Matthew), already documented in the XIV century with, inside, a fresco now hardy legible. From here a path, which borders the traces of fortifications dating back to the First Punic War, leads to a plain which overlooks a view among the most beautiful of Sicily.

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