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Trapani, at the far end of Western Sicily, is connected by two airports: “Vincenzo Florio” Airport (Trapani – Birgi), and “Falcone & Borsellino” International Airport (Palermo – Punta Raisi).

What to see

The city - with its sickle shaped – once was the heart of a powerful trading network that stretched from Carthage to Venice. The town thrived – traditionally - on coral and tuna fishing together with salt and wine productions. Today, Trapani's port is the main departure point to the Aegadian Islands and Pantelleria; while the old town is a fascinating place for a stroll, for locals and travellers.

 

TRAPANI - HIGHLIGHTS

Churches

  • San Lorenzo Church (Cathedral);
  • College Church; Sant’Agostino Church;
  • Maria SS. Annunziata Sanctuary;

Places of interest

  • Porto Oscura and Torre dell’Orologio;
  • Palazzo Senatorio or Cavarretta;
  • Palazzo della Giudecca;
  • Colombaia Castle;
  • Mercato del Pesce - Porto Peschereccio
  • “Agostino Pepoli” Museum
  • “Torre di Ligny” Museum

Saltpans Reserve

The Saltpans Reserve extends over about one thousand hectares, including private properties where small and large enterprises exert the Salt "cultivation". The site is one of the most important coastal wetlands of western Sicily with biological, ethno-anthropological, architectural and historical values.

Salt Museum                  

Thanks to a guided tour, the museum guests retrace a story that goes back centuries and centuries. Visiting these places permits you to discover the harmonies of a territory between sea and land. Furthermore, the excursion helps to understand the high cultural value of salt cultivation.

 

Aegadian Islands: Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo

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

Saint Catherine Mount (287mt) dominates Favignana, in the shape of a butterfly. You can easily explore the eastern side renting a bike, because the 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 sand beach of Lido Burrone.

Levanzo is a typical small Mediterranean village of white houses with turquoise windows. You cannot miss the Genovese Cave (Grotta del Genovese) and its prehistoric paintings. The most famous bays are Cala Minnola, Cala Fridda and the Stock (Faraglione).

  • HIGHLIGHTS: Grotta del Genovese

Marettimo, the wildest one, is a collection of green mountain peaks and whitewashed houses dipping into a little harbor. Well-marked trails lead you into unspool nature, pine forests and suggestive coastal lookouts.

 

Erice

 

Marsala

Erice stands not far from Trapani, on the summit of Mount San Giuliano (751mt). This medieval village is one of the most striking views of western Sicily with narrow and winding streets, stone arches and small craft shops. The city is also famous for pastry-tradition hailing from the nuns. Do not miss the typical "Genovese", a fragrant sweet pastry stuffed with warm lemon cream - and finally - a sip of local liqueur.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Mother Church
  • Castello di Venere
  • A. Cordici Museum
  • Balio Gardens
  • Torretta Pepoli
  • Spanish Quarter

Marsala is a nice city known in the world for the landing of Garibaldi and “The Thousand”.  Local wine tradition has deep roots and there are countless wine-producing companies in the area. Among the most famous: Florio, Pellegrino, Donnafugata...

The Lagoon Reserve is located between Marsala and Trapani. Into the lagoon, four small islands: Isola Grande (or Isola Lunga), Schola, Santa Maria and San Pantaleo (better known as Mothia). Marsala saltpans are the expression of a harmonious coexistence of nature and human action.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lilibeo Archaeological Park
  • Baglio Anselmi Museum
  • Lagoon Saltpans

 

San Vito lo Capo

The beautiful golden sand beach is enclosed in a small bay between the splendid “Lo Zingaro” Reserve and the Mount Cofano Reserve. Elected among the most beautiful Italian beaches by Trip Advisor in 2012, it is immersed in a landscape of great effect.

Short distance from San Vito, the wonderful Lo Zingaro Natural Reserve with bays of white pebbles and clear and uncontaminated waters; craft museums and a great biological value.

  • HIGHLIGHTS: Lo Zingaro Reserve

It extends from the western side of Castellammare Del Golfo to the peninsula of San Vito lo Capo

 

Palermo

For millennia at the crossroads of civilisations, Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas.

Centuries of domination have formed a complex metropolis.

Despite its noisy streets, Sicily's largest city surprises the most curious with fascinating cloaks covered with citrus fruit, stuccoed chapels and vintage shops.

City markets (such as “Mercato della Vucciria” or “Mercato del Capo”) combined with the "street food" tradition, will bring you into a timeless reality, while the narrow streets of the center will surprise visitors for architectural riches.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Palazzo dei Normanni/Cappella Palatina;
  • Teatro Massimo;
  • Catacombe dei Cappuccini;
  • Cattedrale;
  • Quattro Canti;
  • Palazzo Chiaramonte – Steri;
  • city markets;
  • Zisa;
  • Stanze del Genio;
  • Chiesa della Martorana;
  • Fontana Pretoria;
  • the Cathedral of Monreale