The city of Alcamo is located halfway between Palermo and Trapani and has about 45000 inhabitants. The history of this town has seen a succession of different rulers, passing from the Arabs to the Normans and later the Swabians.
In the nineteenth century Alcamo became a royal domain and some of the city's most illustrious citizens had the honour of representing the city by sitting on the benches of the Sicilian parliament.
Together with the city of Marsala, Alcamo is a major centre of wine production and the wine which is mainly produced is the Bianco d'Alcamo. However, this activity also runs alongside the cultivation of grain and the local melon and cattle and sheep rearing,.
From a tourist point of view, not far from town is the seaside resort of Alcamo Marina, which is 6 km from the city of Alcamo and about 5 km from Castellammare del Golfo. The beach has fine, golden sands and has areas of beach with free access, together with equipped bathing establishments.
The town is divided by the railway line, beyond which lies the coast. Here you can find the train station of Castellammare del Golfo. Alcamo train station is not in the town centre, but is close to the motorway junction.
In summer there are many holiday homes overlooking the coast and the hill to accommodate holiday makers and there are also several B&Bs and a hotel.