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Sicily’s western coast is considered as one of the most romantic places of the island – and of the Mediterranean Sea. Search for cheap air tickets to Trapani, if you wish to see a different, “wilder” and definitely more authentic face of Sicily. Trapani features an endless coastline full of sandy beaches, encircled by magnificent vineyards; but Trapani is not all about seafood and wine. The city of Trapani boasts a great and precious collection of historic buildings, monuments, palaces and archaeological sites, reflecting the Phoenician past of this part of the island, contradicting the ancient Greek element dominating the rest of Sicily. Book your accommodation in one of the numerous cheap hotels in Trapani and step into the mythical path of goddess Artemis!
Sicily’s westernmost province stretches from Trapani up to Marsala and is a region of indescribable natural beauty and serenity!
Trapani was founded by the Elymians, descendants of the Trojans who, after fleeing Troy, settled in western Sicily and co-existed along with the Sicani, the Phoenicians and the Greeks.
The city of Trapan is the provincial capital and extends from the foot of Mount Erice to the sea.
The name “Trapani” derives from the Greek word “Δρέπανος”, which is the name given to the region by the ancient Greeks, due to its shape (Δρέπανος = scythe).
Modern Trapani is a favourite travel destination for Italians and for international travellers, a top pick in Sicily and a nice, quieter alternative to busy Taormina and Syracuse.
A fabulous city with cobbled streets that will lead you in front of imposing buildings, elegant palazzi and sacred churches, medieval forts and magnificent reminders of the past.
If you intend on visiting Sicily, don’t hesitate to spend some time in Trapani, for the most genuine Sicilian experience!
The airport of Trapani (Aeroporto Vincenzo Florio di Trapani-Birgi) is located 15 kilometres south of Trapani and can be reached by bus.
Getting around Trapani
You can get around Trapani using the city’s extensive bus network or by taxi.
Your day in Trapani begins at the city’s historic core (Centro storico), bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is the medieval part of Trapani, a charming labyrinth of cobbled streets, quaint spots and iconic medieval fortifications that date back to the times of the Saracens.
Highlights of Trapani include many notable churches and convents that are definitely worth visiting:
- The Cathedral of Trapani (Cattedrale) was built in 1743 upon the foundations of an older church. It is dedicated to San Lorenzo and is decorated with many precious religious work of art, created by notable local artists.
- The Chiesa Santa Maria del Gesù is a beautiful and impressive church, incorporating Gothic and Renaissance elements. The most famous belonging of the church is the statue of the Madonna degli Angeli, a work by Italian sculptor Andrea della Robbia.
- The Chiesa del Purgatorio dates back to the 17th century and is characterised by Baroque details and a largely medieval style, from the interior throughout the façade.
This is where you can find Trapani’s most treasured attraction; the 20 wooden life-size figures of the “Misteri di Trapani”, depicting scenes of the Passion. These figures form a great part of the local religious tradition, especially popular during Easter.
The heart of Trapani’s historic centre is dominated by the mighty Torre di Ligny, once part of the city’s medieval fortifications. The tower dates back to 1671 and offers magnificent views to the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Castello della Colombaia.
Continue to the modern part of Trapani, where the Santuario dell’ Annunziata should be your first stop. The Gothic convent now houses the most notable museum of Trapani and features two chapels, the Cappella della Madonna and Cappella dei Marinai, both elegantly created by Italian sculptor Nino Pisano.
The Museo Regionale Repoli provides a thorough presentation of the local art, focusing on ancient artwork, artefacts, statues and sculptures found in archaeological sites.
The official language of Trapani is Italian.