Myths and Legends
Trapani is a city with ancient history rooted in legend. Its origins are Punic and Trapani was the port of Erice which was a fishing village. With its unique shape, a crescent on the sea, the Greeks called it Drepanon, the Romans called Drepanum. Trapani is a city of two seas as it is placed on a spit of land overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the southwest. Its location has favored activities such as the salt trade, fishing and processing of coral.
What to see in Trapani?
Walking through the old town one can see signs of various civilizations such as the Arab inspired district Casalicchio, the Jewish Quarter with the Palace of the Giudecca, the medieval ruins of the Castello di Terra or the Castello di Mare (Colombaia). You can visit the magnificent baroque palace of Palazzo Senatorio Cavarretta next to a thirteenth century clock tower. If you like Baroque, you’ll enjoy the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the recently restored church of the Purgatory and the Jesuit College . You can also visit the palace of San Gioacchino Riccio that shows signs of Spanish rule.
You can walk through the historical center pedestrian walkway, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient Loggia (Via Torre Arsa) Via Garibaldi in the picturesque Fish Market. Along the Via Torre Arsa opens the small Piazza Saturno where you can admire the fountain of Saturn and the church of St. Agostino, which is distinguished by its Gothic portal with a magnificent rose window. Not far from downtown, you can visit the Shrine of the Annunciation and the Museum Pepoli that allows the rediscovery of painting, sculpture and visual arts in the city of Trapani. In particular, works in coral, ceramic, gold, silver and sculptures inspired by the nativity scene. South of the city, you should not miss the salt marshes around the Salt Road with its five mills, the Salt Museum with the Salt Marsh Nature Reserve of Trapani and Paceco. At sunrise and sunset, salt marshes and Egadi Islands create scenes with interesting colors. During the Easter season do not miss the famous procession of the Misteri consisting of eighteen groups of statues made of wood, fabric and glue. The statues from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries evoke scenes from the Passion of Christ. You can climb to the village of Erice on the summit of Mount San Giuliano by funicular. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, salt marshes and Egadi Islands that are even more beautiful at sunset.
What to eat in Trapani?
The local cuisine is a mixture of Italian, Sicilian and Arabic. Their specialty is fish couscous, pasta with sardines, tuna dishes, arancini rice, donuts from the basis of chickpea flour, granita, almond cakes and ricotta.