Must see in Trapani
Nights suggested: 2
The sea can not be more blue. The sunset that colurs with rose salt marshes. The mountain of Erice and the windmills that seem the ones from Cervantes' Don Quixote. Trapani is a city of unexpected encounters, granite, cassatelle cakes and cous cous. The real Sicily starts here. Are you ready to discover it?
Market and Seafood Square
From via della Libertà follow the sea to reach Market and Seafood Square. People from Trapani call it Bocceria, from French boucherie - in a small outbuilding cattle was slaughtered. Today the fish market has moved to Via Colombo, the fishing port. A row of arcades closes the area, occupied in the center by the statue of Aphrodite. From the square you can go up on the promenade of the Walls of Tramontana, the classic itinerary of lovers.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
It is the "Rua Grande" of historic Trapani, as well as the most elegant. From via della Libertà it will take you right to the seafront, where the sun goes down. Elegant eighteenth century buildings stand on the road, as the Senators Palace, and the Clock Tower. At number 71 you will find Ai Lumi, an elegant bed and breakfast with a stunning restaurant housed in the former stables of the house. Nearby, the Ancient Court of lilies, graceful hotel situated on the spaces of a fifteenth century Dominican monastery.
The Cathedral and churches percent
Among the narrow streets of the old town, every corner hides a church. Actually churches are not really one hundered, but this is the nickname that Trapani has earned for centuries. The most beautiful is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, between Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Roma. The seventeenth church is Baroque style, and preserves a painting of the Crucifixion by the Flemish painter Van Dyck. Among the other churches, we point out the one named of the Purgatory, in the namesake square. Baroque style, as the cathedral, it is famous for the Mysteries of Trapani, a series of statues protagonists of the Good Friday procession.
On the last stretch of coastline in the old town you will find the symbol of the city. The Ligny Tower was built in the seventeenth century for defensive purposes- so wanted Viceroy Claudio La Moraldo, prince of Ligny. The building is in tuff, gray and squat, and houses the exhibits of the Museum of Prehistory and Sea - free admission, interesting antiquities of the Roman age. If you are looking for excitement, climb the tower and enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the old town and the Egadi.
If you are curious to know a little 'more of the history of Trapani, that's where to go. The Pepoli Museum is at 180 Pepoli street, just outside the historic center, in the former Carmelites convent. Its collection includes the best of the decorative arts typical of the city, from corals to pottery, from the works in gold to the nativity scene sculpture (phone. 0923 553 269 or tickets for 6.00 euro).
Opposite to the port of Trapani stands a little island. On the island rises up the Colombaia Castle, or Castello di Mare. It is a massive construction of uncertain foundation, once used as a prison; according to the legend it was founded by exiles from Troy, landed at Trapani in the thirteenth century BC, after the fall of their city by the hands of the Achaeans. Its name? Apparently centuries ago, left to itself, the castle tower was the destination of migrating pigeons on the way to Africa.
Erice and salt marshes
On the mountain behind Trapani stands Erice, the natural terrace overlooking salt marshes - to see them tinged with pink, get in Erice during the sunset, maybe with the cable car from Trapani. The medieval village has narrow and picturesque streets protected by huge walls. From here all passed through, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. What to see? The castle, the temple of Venus, the Town Hall.
Favignana and Pantelleria
Want to hike? From Trapani there are daily ferries sailing to the Aegadian. The largest of the archipelago is the island of Favignana. Scrubland, maquis and crystal clear sea will welcome you. The most beautiful beaches? If you prefer the sandy ones, we recommend the Lido Burrone, the Cala d'Azur or the Bue Marino.
If you want to extend your holiday in Sicily, remember that depart from Trapani also hydrofoils to Pantelleria, the navel of the Mediterranean Sea.