Trapani is a magical place full of artistic, historical and cultural traditions of different cultures that followed one other here: Elimi, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Arabs, the Angevins, the Aragonese, the Spanish and the Bourbons.
Every corner of the city of Trapani is a reminder of past epochs, distant and multiethnic roots.
You cannot be charmed by the naturalistic and cultural unusual views that form the backdrop of a landscape suspended between sky and sea ...
The western part of the city is certainly the most characteristic: we can find here the port, the primary seat of the maritime connections with the Egadi islands and Pantelleria and stop point for various cruise ships, has like background the Egadi Islands and at its extremities we can find the Colombaia, an ancient medieval fortress composed by an octagonal tower and 4 superimposed levels.
Continuing towards west, you reach Ligny Tower, an ancient Spanish sighting tower with a square shape. Now it’s the Museum of Prehistory with amphoras, artifacts and tools of prehistoric Trapani.In its terrace you can enjoy a breathtaking view: the view is from Capo San Vito to Erice, you see Marsala, Trapani, Egadi islands and the island of Formica and in the end an impressive cliff that divides the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Mediterranean Sea.
The old town of Trapani is important for its Matrix with a baroque facade, historic buildings of great artistic value as the Cavarretta Palace and several churches: The Church of Purgatory, the Church of San Domenico, the Church of St. Peter, the Church St. Augustine with the XIV century rose window.
The eastern part of Trapani is dominated by complex Dell'Annunziata, main monument where stands the Chapel of Our Lady. Near the Chapel you can find the old convent of the Carmelite Fathers, now the Pepoli Museum with private collections of works of art of Count Agostino Pepoli and important collections of figurative arts of paintings and sculptures of Tiziano and Gagini, coral works, ceramics, gold, silver and sculptures crib.
Erice, a small medieval village located on the summit of the Mount of the same title, was once dominated by the Elimi that gave to the town its old name Erix and founded the temple dedicated to Venus, goddess of love and fertility. Inside the Venus Castle, the fortress built on the ruins of the temple you can still see the remains of the well and the old houses. The village, surrounded by huge walls, is characterized by walkways stone adorned with trees, plants and flowers that transform the center in magical and enchanted atmosphere. its large and spectacular views takes you breath away: from Erice you can see perfectly Trapani with its characteristic sickle shape and Mount Cofano with the city of Custonaci. You can visit the Garden of Balio, Pepoli Castle, the Church of San Giovanni Battista (with works of the Gagini), the Mother Church and its imposing bell tower, the church of San Pietro in Baroque style, the oratory of Purgatory in rococo style , the Church of San Giuliano.
There is a wonderful place where the sunsets give indescribable emotions and where the sky is painted pink: the salt pans Ettore and Infersa of Marsala. The salt pans, with three mills recently restored, the mountains of salt partially covered with terracotta tiles and the island of Mothia just in front of you, are really a landscape of great suggestion.
Along the "Via del Sale", in a beam, you can visit the Salt Museum which collects the work tools of the salt workers and many photos in black and white of the salt working.
Within minutes from the salt pans of Marsala, via a landing stage, you can reach Mothia, an ancient Phoenician city that belongs to the island of San Pantaleo, in the Lagoon of Marsala, which contains numerous archaeological ruins of great interest. It is worthwhile to visit the Whitaker Museum which contains the statue of the Young Man of Mozia, vestige of the classical era found in the 70's during the excavations.
Reachable from San Vito Lo Capo and Scopello, Zingaro's Reserve occupies a pristine and protected area that extends for 7 Km. Through the southern path you can reach the coves protected by rocks and characterized by turquoise waters in a unmatched landscape. Along the northern path instead you lead to the dell'Uzzo Cave, important archaeological site where were human traces were found, animal remains and tools that date back to 10,000 years ago.
On a hill of the ancient town of Segesta there is an imposing Doric temple of the fifth century BC It has a huge charm and almost completely intact. Inside the archaeological area you can also visit the Acropolis where to which belong the theater and the Castle.
Favignana is the largest island of the Egadi archipelago. Characteristic for its shape of a butterfly, Favignana offers blue waters and colorful landscapes of infinite beauty. Famous is certainly its Cala Rossa because of the intense colors of the water and in relation to the landscape where it is located: the cove offers a rocky area suitable for those whom like diving and a beach for those whom like napping in the sun. Among the coves who deserve at least a dip there are: Grotta Perciata, Cala Azzurra, Lido Burrone, Punta Faraglioni and Punta Sottile. Particular also several caves, accessible by boat, as the Cave of Sighs.
For over four hundred years, the tradition of the Procession of the Sacred Groups of the Via Crucis, the "Mysteries", has been renewed in Trapani.Read all