A warm Sicilian welcome
Posted Sep 16, 2011
Il Gelsomino is a welcoming, clean, busy little B&B in the town of Paceco, a suburb of Trapani. Breakfast was beautifully prepared, with local (often home-made) produce, plenty of fruit and rolls or croissants, as well as olives, jams, bread and yoghurt, tea or coffee and fruit juice.
The room we stayed in was on the second floor, up a lot of stairs, so be prepared to carry your cases that far! The owners have very little English, although their daughter, who met us when we arrived, is quite fluent. They did, however, give us lots of brochures and a printed sheet of local information and places to visit. There is only one "sit-down" restaurant within walking distance, so you may need to drive if you want a variety of evening meals during your stay (good takeaways locally though, and a big, lively town square to sit and eat a pizza in if you want to). The B&B is in the centre of town, and can be quite noisy at night with the sound of motor bikes, scooters and cars being revved-up, as well as a fair bit of good-natured shouting. It wasn't a big problem for us, but others might find it disturbing.
Paceco is a great place to stay if you're exploring the Western end of the island, with Trapani only ten minutes away, Marsala half an hour, and the beaches at St Vito lo Capo reachable in less than an hour. The salt flats are definitely worth a visit, and you must go to Erice on the cablecar from Trapani, and try to get to Segesta and the cathedral at Monreale.