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Trapani, Italy

Trapani (TRAH-pah-ni) is a port city and the capital of Trapani province in the north-west corner of Sicily, Italy. Trapani has a lively atmosphere due to its position as the capital and its economic activities as a port. It has a rich history and many historical buildings have been preserved. Old traditions are cherished. Thanks to the presence of an international airport, the city with its marina and beaches is increasingly popular as a tourist destination. The number of cruise ships calling at the city increases every year.

 

Climate

Trapani has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers coupled with moderately wet and mild winters. Summer lows are cooler than in other places of Sicily and Calabria, while at the same time remaining significantly warm for several months.

Trapani, Italy

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Trapani (TRAH-pah-ni) is a port city and the capital of Trapani province in the north-west corner of Sicily, Italy. Trapani has a lively atmosphere due to its position as the capital and its economic activities as a port. It has a rich history and many historical buildings have been preserved. Old traditions are cherished. Thanks to the presence of an international airport, the city with its marina and beaches is increasingly popular as a tourist destination. The number of cruise ships calling at the city increases every year.

 

Climate

Trapani has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers coupled with moderately wet and mild winters. Summer lows are cooler than in other places of Sicily and Calabria, while at the same time remaining significantly warm for several months.

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Trapani, Italy: Port Information


Small cruise ships dock right at the Old Town.
Passengers of the large cruise ship are carried to a pier in the town center by tender boats. 

Get around Trapani, Italy


The old town and port are small enough to walk around. ATM (Azienda Trasporti e Mobilità) is the urban bus company, not to be confused with AST, which services the airport and the rest of Sicily. Buses pass the ferry port, and the adjacent bus station and railway station are on the edge of the city center.

What to see in Trapani, Italy


  • The magnificent

    Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata

    (also called Madonna di Tràpani) originally built in 1315-1332 and rebuilt in 1760. It houses a marble statue of the Madonna of Tràpani, which might be the work of Nino Pisano
  • The Baroque Palazzo della Giudecca or Casa Ciambra.
  • The Fontana del Tritone (Triton's Fountain).
  • The

    Cathedral

    (1635).
  • The fine buildings on the main Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
  • Museo regionale Agostino Pepoli, Via Conte Pepoli, 200, +39 092 355 32 69, e-mail: museo.pepoli@regione.sicilia.it. M-Sa: 9 AM-1:30 PM 3 PM-7:30 PM. Su: 9 AM-12:30 PM. One of the main Sicilian museums. Coral art, decorative arts, gallery, painting, sculpture, jewelry and religious art including masterful cribs. 
  • Museo di Preistoria e del Mare (Museum of Prehistory & the Sea), Torre di Ligny, Via Torre di Ligny (in the lighthouse at the end of the spit in the old town), ☎ +39 092 354 79 22. The museum is inside the seventeenth-century Tower of Ligny. The museum has two sections: the preserved prehistoric artifacts from the territory of Trapani (archeological section) and objects discovered in the seabed: amphorae, anchors, ornaments of ancient Greek, Roman and Punic (sea section). The most significant piece is a helmet shell, dating from the first Punic War (241 BC). Visitors are also allowed out on the roof to enjoy the stunning views and splendid panorama of the Gulf of Trapani, overlooked by Mount

    Erice

  • Museo del Sale (Salt Museum), Via Chiusa Nubia, Paceco, +39 092 386 71 42. A fully working salt pan and mill until the 1964 floods, the Museo Ristorante "Trattoria del Sale" is a semi-working museum that informs visitors about the age-old Trapani tradition of salt production and refining. Preserved equipment and exhibitions depict how the job was done before the arrival of modern machinery. Attached is a small restaurant that makes use of the salt in its recipes. 
  • Enjoy the bustle of the port. See the Italians shouting and gesticulating as they load the large ferries to Tunis.

What to do in Trapani, Italy


  • Lido San Giuliano beaches (Trapani's main beach), Lungomare (1km north of the centre). Trapani has two main beach areas, Marausa Lido and Lido San Giuliano. San Giuliano is 20 minutes walk from the busy city center. It features a couple of bars, changing rooms, sun-loungers, umbrellas and lifeguard service. Parking is Pay & Display during peak months alongside the main road. 
  • Festilandia Parco Giochi per Bambini (Children's Adventure Playground), Via Guttuso, 10, Paceco (Siamo a solo 40m da SS115 (Via Drago di Ferro) in Via Guttuso), ☎ +39 0923 187 04 56. Children's adventure playground for birthday parties and special events. 
  • The city is renowned for its Easter procession, I Misteri, when the town's guilds parade groups of the sculpted 17th century and 18th-century religious statues through the streets in a procession lasting for 16 hours on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
  • A day excursion by boat to the Aegadian (Egadi) Islands.

What to eat and drink in Trapani, Italy


Eat

The kitchen of Trapani has undergone many foreign influences in particular from the Arabs. Meat and pasta are often replaced by fish and couscous. A local specialty is couscous Imperiale, steamed semolina with fish stock. The pesto alla Trapanese is a raw herb sauce of tomatoes, almonds, basil, and garlic. The traditional shape of the pasta is busiate, a kind of twisted macaroni.
  • Calvino, Via Nunzio Nasi 77, +39 0923 21464. Excellent pizza - you'll have to come early or book ahead if you want to eat in. The locals flock here for take-aways.
  • Da Salvator Via Nunzio Nasi. Fairly good, cheap food.
  • Trattoria Ai Solito Posto, Via Orlandini 30. A trattoria serving traditional Trapanese cuisine. Comes highly recommended in the slow food guide to Italy. The spaghetti with sea urchins (ricci) and timballo of sardines are incredible. 

Drink

  • Bar Coffee Time, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 39/41, +39 09 232 33 85. 
  • TorrePali webcafè, Via Ammiraglio Staiti, 73, +39 09 232 55 32.

Shopping in Trapani, Italy


  • Busiate Trapanesi, the local pasta, can be bought in several variations and brands.
  • Salted capers (capperi al sale).
  • Sea salt (cristalli di sale marino) from Trapani.
  • Wine (vino) from the region, such as Grillo, Inzolia en Nero d’Avola.

Safety in Trapani, Italy


As in most of Italy, you should be aware of pickpockets. The well-known mafia almost never attacks tourists. 

Language spoken in Trapani, Italy


Italian is the official language. English is widely spoken. 

LOCAL TIME

6:40 am
August 15, 2020
Europe/Rome

CURRENT WEATHER

27.4 °C / 81.32 °F
sky is clear
Sun

28.68 °C/84 °F
sky is clear
Mon

26.9 °C/80 °F
few clouds
Tue

28.68 °C/84 °F
sky is clear
Wed

25.54 °C/78 °F
broken clouds

LOCAL CURRENCY

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