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Attractions and tourist destinations in Trapani

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“The purity of the outlines, the softness of everything, saggy of colors, the harmonious unity of the sky with the sea and the sea with the land ... who saw them a only once, he owns them for life.”

GOETHE 

HIGHLIGHTS:

CHURCHES
  • San Lorenzo Church (Cathedral)
  • College and Convent of Jesuits
  • Sant’Agostino Church
  • Maria SS. Annunziata Santuary
LUOGHI D'INTERESSE
  • Porto Oscura e Torre dell’Orologio
  • Palazzo Senatorio o Cavarretta
  • Palazzo della Giudecca
  • Castello della Colombaia
 

Trapani

The city - with its sickle-shaped – once was in the heart of a powerful trading network that stretched from Carthage to Venice.

Traditionally the town (called Drèpanon - or Drepanum from Romans) thrived on coral and tuna fishing, with salt and wine production. Today, Trapani's port is the departure point of ferries and hydrofoils to the Aegadian Islands and Pantelleria and the old town is a fascinating place to stroll, for locals and travellers.

You can’t miss the Church of the Jesuits College, the Cathedral and the Church of Purgatory, guardian of the "Misteri", 20 statues reproducing the passion of Jesus Christ - a precious treasure inherited from Spanish domination.

Finally, a walk in the sunset on the city walls will leave you breathless.

Regional Museum “Agostino Pepoli”

Via Conte Agostino Pepoli, 180 - 91100 TRAPANI

The museum is located in the former convent of the Carmelite Fathers, adjacent to the sanctuary of "Maria Santissima Annunziata" thatt preservs the famous marble simulacrum of the Virgn Mary (1360s) attributed to Nino Pisano.

The museum includes: paintings, sculptures, cribs, jewelery, sacred works and majolicas.

Civic Museum "Torre di Ligny"

Viale Torre di Ligny, 37 – TRAPANI 91100

The Ligny Tower (Torre di Ligny) was a Spanish sighting tower, now considered a characteristic feature of the city. It houses a collection of archaeological finds linked to the territory of Trapani.

Natural Reserve of Trapani and Paceco Saltpans

The Reserve extends over a thousand hectares, including private properties, where small and large businesses exert the millennial activity of the "salt cultivation". The site is one of the most important coastal wetlands in western Sicily; it has a great biological values ​​under faunistic, floristic and vegetational aspects. To these, we can add its landscapes, ethno-anthropological, architectural and historical riches.

Sant Museum

Via Chiusa - Nubia Paceco - 91027 Trapani

With a guided tour, visitors can turn back the clock in centuries and centuries of history. Walking around these places, you will discover the harmony of a territory that unites sea and land. In addition, the excursion permits you to understand the high cultural value of saliculture.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

The Former Tuna-fish Establishment of Favignana and Formica

Via Amendola, 29 - 91023 Favignana TP

The former Florio establishment is a true jewel of industrial archeology. It was not just the place where the equipment and boats  flagboats were kept, but this became one of the most important tuna-fishing industry, but it also represents the story of the Florio family and its connections with the life of the islanders.

Ipogei Gardens

The mining activity was so intense that the island was "excavated" in such a way as to create true cathedrals transformed into gardens. Thanks to the protection of the wind guaranteed by the high walls and with the contribution of the sun and the local climate, the islanders have been able to create a "greenhouse" which allows to have a perfect climate both in winter and summer.

Grotta del Genovese

Along the north-western side of Levanzo, the smallest one between the aegadian islands, we can admire the Genovese Cave.

The entry of the cave is hidden from the tipical mediterranean vegetation creating a suggestive backgroung.

Aegadian Islands 

(Levanzo, Favignana, Marettimo)

Easily accessible by hydrofoil from Trapani or Marsala, Egadi Islands (Isole Egadi) are the most popular destination for who loves sea, diving, good food and relax.

The largest of the Egadi Islands is Favignana, in the shape of a butterfly, dominated by Saint Catherine Mount (287mt). You can easily explore the eastern side renting a bike, because this area is almost completely flat. Around the coast, deep gouges remind us the historical tuff-quarries.

Among the most beautiful bays: Cala Rossa, Bue Marino, Cala Azzurra and the beach of Lido Burrone.

There are two main reasons to visit Levanzo: to explore the prehistoric cave paintings in the Genovese Cave (Grotta del Genovese), and to spend some time swimming through the island's pebbly beaches including Cala Minnola, Cala Fridda and the Stock (Faraglione).

The wildest one, Marettimo, is a collection of green mountain peaks and whitewashed houses dipping into a little harbor. A well-marked trail network leads quickly into unspool nature, climbing through fragrant pine forests to suggestive coastal lookouts. However, the most popular attractions of Marettimo are the caves, accessible with the typical boats of local anglers.

HIGHLIGHTS

"Lo Zingaro" Natural Riserve

The Zingaro Reserve, the first in Sicily, was created in the 1981. It extends from the west side of Gulf of Castellammare to the peninsula of San Vito Lo Capo. The protected area is famous thanks to its bays, the sea bottom rich in fish and submarine caves, but also for shelters and museums along the land side of the reserve. 

San Vito lo Capo

San vito lo capo beach is enclosed in a small bay between the splendid “Zingaro Natural Reserve” and the Mount Cofano reserve. Elected among the most beautiful Italian beaches, it is immersed in a landscape of great effect. It has a long white-sandy beach and a clear and turquoise sea.

Short distance from San Vito, the wonderful natural reserve of the Zingaro with the coves of white pebbles and the clear and uncontaminated waters.

HIGHLIGHTS

Archaeological Park of Lilibeo

Lungomare Boeo, 30 - 91025 Marsala TP

The archaeological park was born in the area where arised the old town, first Carthaginian and then Roman. Capo Boeo area, testimony of roman domination, preserves rests of an antique villa provided of hot springs (II/III century a.d.). Under the church of San Giovanni, there was a cave called Grotta della Sibilla.

Baglio Anselmi Museum

Lungomare Boeo, 30, 91025 Marsala TP

The archaeological museums rises along the seaside - close to Capo Boeo - in a former wine-establishment of the XIX century. Here, you can admire the rests of a Punic Ship and the history of the territory from the prehistory to the middle-age.

Marsala Saltpans & Mothia

C/da Ettore Infersa, Marsala (TRAPANI)

Ettore Infersa Saltpans, in the area of thr Stagnone Islands Natural Reserve, are rich in pools, canals andwater mirrors. They represent one of the most original sicilian landscape. The saltpans produce - every year - 10.000 tons of whole sea salt.

MARSALA

Marsala is the largest city in the province of Trapani for number of inhabitants and extension of its territory. The local wine tradition has deep roots and there are countless wine-producing companies in the area. Among the most famous: Florio, Pellegrino, Donnafugata...

Known for the landing of Garibaldi (The “Thousand” landing), you cannot miss a guided visit and wine tasting or a visit of the Archaeological Park of Lilibeo and the Roman Insula or Baglio Anselmi Museum.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

Mother Church

Piazza Matrice, Erice

The Cathedral, or mother church, is the main catholic site in Erice.  

Venus Castle

Largo Castello – Erice

The castle, made from Normans in the XII century, rises on the south-east side of the Mount Erice (originally, Mount Saint Julian) - over the riuns of a temple.

Civic Museum "A. Cordici"

Vico San Rocco, 1 -  Erice

The Museum "Antonino Cordici" preserves testimonies of the history and the people of Erice in centuries; its patrimony provides archaeological rests, sculptures and works that allow us to understand the connection between people and their land.

Giardini del Balio 

Via S. Francesco, Erice

Torretta Pepoli

The Count Agostino Pepoli, (1848-1911) academic and patron, ordered to erect a tower in 1870. This was its shelter for meditation, to study and work alone or with other artists and people of culture of that years.

Spanish Quarter

Via Piscina Apollinis, Erice

The Spanish quarter overlooks the north side of the Mount Erice. It rises on a large stone fondation, that was an old barracks for spanish soldiers during the XVII century.

ERICE

Not far from Trapani, on the summit of Mount San Giuliano (751mt), stands Erice, one of the most striking views of western Sicily. Narrow and winding streets, stone arches, decorated courtyards and small artisans’ shops characterize the village, typically medieval.

The city is also famous for the local pastry-tradition preserved from the nuns. Do not miss the typical "Genovese", a fragrant pastry stuffed with warm lemon cream - and finally - a sip of the typical liqueur Ericino.