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Trapani began as a fishing port in 1000 B.C. As the community grew, so did Trapani’s importance as a harbor and trade center. Today, the harbor continues its prominence as the portal for visitors to the area. Though now modernized, the city retains its culture and beauty through its many Baroque-style churches and structures.
Trapani Weather: The hottest months of summer have an average temperature of 30 degrees C, or 86 degrees F. The coldest winter temperatures may drop to 7 degrees C, or 45 degrees F.
Regional Cuisine of Trapani: Apricots, citrus, melons, nuts, rice, beans, corn, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, poultry, fish
Regional Wine of Trapani: Delia Nivolelli, Erice, Marsala, Menfi, Salaparuta
Things to do in Trapani: Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Chiesa Del Purgatorio, Chiesa Di Santa Maria Del Gesu, Museo Di Priestoria e Del Mare, Museo Nazionale Pepoli
Where is Trapani? The city lies on the northwestern coast of the Trapan province on the island of Sicily.
The city of Trapani immediately seduced me with its stunning seaviews, impressive cliffs and maritime history.
The coast of Trapani offers unrivalled scenery, including seemingly never-ending beaches, impressive rock formations and the most brilliant blue waters I have ever seen. I often found myself gazing into the sea for hours, fascinated with spotting the tiniest of sea creatures in the clear depths.
During the first week of my visit I spent much of my time exploring the wondrous town itself, which is filled with ancient remains that seem to whisper of the past. I particularly enjoyed the Museo di Preistoria e del Mare, which exhibits archeological artifacts mostly related to the sea and the region’s rich maritime history. The rooftop of this building soon became my favorite spot in all Trapani because of its breathtaking views across the Gulf of Trapani.
Touring the old towns of Italy generally means starting in the oldest part of the city, which is typically the heart of the community. First, journey to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo that stands on the city’s main street. From the Baroque exterior to the ornate interior, the structure is worth seeing. The Chiesa Del Purgatorio houses 20 large figures depicting Christ’s passion, and the Chiesa Di Santa Maria features the exceptional Madonna of the Angels.
Moving on toward the Spanish fort, the Museo Di Priestoria maintains an interesting collection of artifacts discovered in shipwrecks around the area. The Museo Nazionale Pepoli served as a monastery and now contains a collection of artifacts, artwork and silver.
Fun Fact: According to legend, Trapani was created when the Greek god Saturn tried to kill his father Uranus with a sickle. The weapon fell to earth, forming Trapani’s sickle-shaped harbour.
Local Dish: Being a coastal city, seafood is one of the main ingredients in Trapani’s cuisine. Lobster spaghetti is the local favourite.
Day Trip: Salt marshes stretch along the coast from Trapani to Marsala and make an interesting day out. The windmills that are located there are more than a century old.
The historic quarter that contains the main city attractions is very pedestrian friendly. However, the public bus service runs a number of routes to various locations and is economical for getting between attractions quickly. Bus stops and offices display routes and times. Passes and tickets are available at bus station offices; the main station lies in the city center.
If you want to tour the coast or sail to one of the nearby islands, inexpensive ferries make regularly scheduled trips to Trapani from neighboring cities and islands. Renting a boat, canoe or kayak is always another option. If staying at a coastal resort, some facilities provide guests with small watercraft as part of the accommodation amenity package.
Insider Tip: Bike rentals are quite popular and relatively cheap.
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