Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region!
Sicily is home to some of the most beautiful places in Italy and one of them is Trapani! Trapani is a half-moon shaped city that presents one of the most beautiful Italian panoramas! The blue sea seems to pay homage to this captivating city. Today we are going to visit Trapani in the region of Sicily, stay tuned in our Post, as we have many tips and information about this magnificent place! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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Trapani is well known for its clear sea, white sand and the sun that never seems to take a vacation! It is an ancient city that has numerous monuments of priceless values. Legend has it that the city was ‘born’ from a sickle that fell from the hands of Saturn, the city’s patron god (hence the half-moon shape). How about a 1-Day Favignana and Levanzo Cruise from Trapani?
Trapani developed around the sea; the main activity was the extraction and trade of salt, since its port, extremely well located, was the gateway to and from Eryx, which is now Erice. Today the city’s economy lives (still) from the extraction and trade of salt, marble imports, some agricultural activities and, of course, tourism. Trapani is also part of the Erice Wine Routes. Also read Itinerary by car in Sicily! and What are the 10 must-see cities in Sicily?
1) Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! GET TO KNOW THE HISTORIC CENTER
To get to know the city that has the heritage of different peoples who passed through here, we will go to the fantastic historic center of Trapani. Of course, it is impossible to talk about ALL the wonders of Trapani, but as you walk through the city, you can understand its importance and magnitude: the palaces portray a rich history and one is more beautiful than the other!
2) Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! DISCOVER THE PALAZZO SENATORIO PALACE AND THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT LAWRENCE
The historic center is worth mentioning because it is full of them, and one that deserves to be highlighted is the Palazzo Senatorio. The palace has three statues on its facade: the Madonna of Trapani, the image of St John the Baptist and Saint Albert. All works by Giuseppe Nolf made in 1700. Also in the historic center is the incredible Cathedral of St Lawrence. It is very old and its construction dates back to the Norman period, however, today, its architecture shows the influences of the 17th century.
3) Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! GET TO KNOW THE TORRE DELL’OROLOGIO
Nearby it is possible to visit the Torre dell’Orologio (Clock Tower). From the 13th century, it is located in one of the city’s observation towers. The clock, in turn, is from 1596, one of the oldest in Europe. On the clock we can observe different quadrants of the sun and moon; the hands of the sun quadrant do not indicate the time, but the signs of the zodiac, the solstices, equinoxes, seasons and cardinal points. The moon quadrant, of course, indicates the phases of the moon.
4) Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! GET TO KNOW THE SALT MINES AND THE MUSEUM
A lovely outing in Trapani is visiting the Salinas. The salt mines date back to Phoenician times and salt is considered the ‘white gold’ of Sicily. Unfortunately, during the 900s, the salt mines fell out of favor and in 1965, a flood irreparably damaged the machinery used to treat the salt. There is also the Trapani Salt Museum which includes, in addition to the famous tanks where salt is stored, mills and old equipment. It’s very interesting.
5) Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! GET TO KNOW THE LIGNY TOWER
A must-see is the symbol of the city, the Ligny Tower. Located at the extreme point of the coast of Trapani, it is right on the tip of the famous crescent of the city. It was built in the 17th century at the request of Viceroy Claudio la Moraldo. It was built to be a fortress and, over the years, it became a lighthouse that controlled the traffic of boats. It is currently where the Prehistoric Museum is located, which has an impressive collection of Roman camphors and other relics.
6) Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! GET TO KNOW IL CASTELLO DEL MARE
Il Castello del Mare, also known as Colombaia Tower, is 32 meters high and has 4 floors. Legend has it that it was built by the Trojans, but what is certain is that during the Carthaginian rule the building was already beautiful. In 249 BC, Colombaia was the site of an important battle: Romans against the Carthaginians, and the Romans won with merit, but, some time later, it returned to the Carthaginians. In the 19th century, it became a Bourbon prison and was abandoned after the construction of the San Giuliano penitentiary.
7) Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! GET TO KNOW THE CHURCH OF PURGATORY
One of Trapani’s must-see churches from the late 1600s is the Church of Purgatory. Built in 1688, it was built where there was already an Arab tower, which later became a bell tower. Its tower was built in 1714 by Giovan Biagio Amico, and it houses statues representing the apostles and Jesus. The tower ‘lost’ its glory after several bombings during the Second World War. Inside the church, we can admire 22 sculptural groups of the so-called ‘Mysteries’ that were made in Trapani’s workshops with wood and canvas. The sculptures depict the Passion of Christ and are carried in procession through the city every Good Friday. It’s a beautiful moment!
8) Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! ITS GASTRONOMY
To eat in Trapani there are many great options, most of the restaurants have seafood dishes, of course, but if you are not into fish, don’t worry: the menus have several delicious dishes and at least one will please your taste buds! Let’s see some places. Also read Discover Sicilian enogastronomy.
Osteria La Bettolaccia
• Osteria La Bettolaccia – VERY well located, the restaurant offers a great menu, hearty portions, very courteous service and quality food, with fresh ingredients!
• Where it is: Via Generale Enrico Fardella, 25 – corner with Via San Francesco D’Assisi – Trapani.
• Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 12:45 pm to 03:00 pm and from 08:00 pm to 11:00 pm; On Saturdays, dinner only, from 08:00 pm to 11:00 pm. It doesn’t open on Sunday.
Capricci in Tavola
• Capricci in Tavola – Great option for quick meals, such as snacks (deliciously prepared), salads, cold cuts and portions. By the way, speaking of portions, it’s all very hearty and made with love and care! The place is a delight and the wines available are an attraction apart.
• Where it is: Corso Italia 57/59 – Near the Tribunale – Trapani.
• Hours: for lunch and breakfast, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm and Saturday, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm; for aperitif and dinner, from Monday to Saturday, from 4:45 pm to 8:30 pm.
Trattoria La Golosa
• Trattoria La Golosa – Simple but impeccable! So we can define this beauty in Trapani. The homemade food is served in great portions and the service complements this excellent place!
• Where it is: Via Salemi, 42 – Trapani.
• Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 12:30 pm to 03:00 pm and from 07:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
• Antichi Sapori – Extremely traditional, it offers typical Sicilian dishes. Great service, nice atmosphere and generous portions. Great option!
• Where it is: Corso Vittorio Emanuele 191, in Piazza Principessa Jolanda – Trapani.
• Opening hours: from Wednesday to Monday, from 12:30 pm to 02:30 pm and from 07:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Attractions near Trapani
Since we’re in Trapani, how about going on to get to know a little more of Italy, visit other beauties? See below what you can discover near Trapani.
Visit San Vito Lo Capo
When we talk about the beach, it is impossible not to mention San Vito Lo Capo, which is undoubtedly one of the most famous beaches in Italy. With its 3 km of white beach, blue sea and fresh breeze, the beach stretches from the Macari Gulf to the Zingaro Reserve. It’s not exactly in the city, but it’s definitely a must-see if you have more time there!
Half an hour from Trapani, don’t miss Segesta. If you are a history lover, you MUST see this place. It is not possible to know exactly when it was founded, but it is certain that, as early as the 4th century BC, it was inhabited. Here is a precious archaeological site, a Doric temple and a theater excavated inside a hill.
Since you are in Trapani, make the most of it and go to Erice, one of the most famous places in Sicily. Derived from the name Erix, who was the son of Aphrodite and Bute, killed by Heracles, the small town sits atop Mount San Giuliano. Erice has only 512 inhabitants, so it won’t be difficult to feel ‘at home’: they are very welcoming to their visitors! The city’s medieval structure is made up of winding streets, arches and courtyards dating back to the time of Frederick II of Aragon. Be sure to visit the Frederico Tower, 28 meters high and 108 steps: the view from the top is breathtaking!
Visit the Egadi Islands
You can leave Trapani for a day trip to the Egadi Islands by boat. Don’t miss the three most beautiful islands in the region: Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. It’s almost obligatory, especially if you have the time! Untouched nature displays itself majestically before our eyes! In Favignana you can also visit one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, which is home to numerous cave paintings. From Trapani there are several boats that offer the tour and it costs, on average, 30 Euros. Read our Special Post about Favignana in the Egadi Islands!
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Let’s visit Trapani, in the Sicily region! The ‘land of salt’ (and the sun!), deserves days dedicated to it: full of charms, beauties, sea and nature, it offers a renewing peace of mind for our soul!
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