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Scopello: Pensione Tranchina


Reviewed by: AmyW from AL, review #2787

When: June 2009

Charming, friendly B&B in a tiny village. Good gateway to Western Sicily.

What did they do to John Dory?  A lovely dinner at the Pensione. (Really!), photo by Amy Welborn

Four of us - my three children (17, 8 & 4) and I - stayed here in late June, 2009. I had planned this as a first stop on our two-week trip to Sicily, a resting place after our long trip from the United States.

Scopello is a tiny, tiny village - I think it has 45 permanent residents. There are a couple of hotels, a couple of restaurants, two gelateria and a few other spots. It's close to the Zingaro Nature Reserve, and an easy drive to various spots in the western part of the Island. During our days there, we took day trips to various coastal spots nearby, as well as Trapani, Erice, and San Vito Lo Capo.

The rooms are modest and spotless. Ours had a double bed and a bunk.

Breakfast is a healthy and delicious array of fruit, cheeses and pastries.

Dinner is served every night, and was delicious. My only quibble is that I wish the menu was made available ahead of time - they were very considerate of my non-fish-eating children, and always had plain pasta and chicken breast available, but I still would have liked to know the primary course ahead of time.

Marisin and Salvatore are wonderful hosts. Marisin speaks at least two languages fluently, perhaps more! They were very helpful in our planning of day trips. Some of my fondest memories of those days in Sicily are the evenings after dinner, sitting with other guests in the small village square, watching our children play. Wonderful!

Reviewed by: Robert Rainey from USA, review #2070

When: October 2007

Nice location near Zingaro park and other Western Sicily attractions

Scopello is a very quaint town. Small - you can walk across it in 5 minutes.

Near to Zingaro Reserve, Segesta and less than one hour drive to all the northwest Sicily. You need a car.

We had a quite large room with views out to the ocean ... if you don't mind the climb up 60 or so stairs.

The hotel has a dining room which is supposed to be very good;generally we eat light dinners so we never went.

Bar around the corner, as well as a good place for sandwiches and other deli type foods. 2 minute walk to the town square with a few restaurants, ATM, ceramic stores, etc. I would stay here again!

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