Trapani is a place rich in history and culture, a characteristic that immediately captivates its visitors whom are welcomed by a climate always mild, a joyful and nice ambience. Its name, deriving from the Latin “Drepanum”, was given to it because of its peculiar shape. Trapani, in fact, means “sickle”.

 

It is an ideal place for families, singles or couples’ gateways thanks to the many things to do and see. The city is like a treasure box ready to satisfy even the most cherished and demanding requests. The city is well connected to the Egadi Islands by boat and hydrofoil. Indeed, it is not difficult at all to plan and enjoy a wonderful vacation in one of the little islands declared Natural Conservation Areas. Trapani, surrounded by the blue water of the sea, is also well known as city of the salt and sails.
In the northern part of the city, there is Torre di Ligny, an ancient massive tower erected in a strategic position to guarantee a protection to the city in the event of foreigner invasion from the sea. Today, Torre di Ligny hosts the Museum of Pre-History.

Along the road the leads to Marsala, you will discover an enchanting landscape characterized by salt piles, pools and mills. At sunset, the white of the salt together with the light beams give an evocative color to the sky, which becomes pink and orange. The salt pans are also considered a very attractive place because of the presence of the pink flamingos that make the place look like a gorgeous, unique painting.

Another very evocative place is considered Mothia, an island situated in the middle of a large lagoon in front of Marsala shores. This little island with its wild and luxuriant vegetation represents a perfect place for relaxing walks and a visit to some archaeological sites. Mothia belongs to the Whitaker Foundation, a non-profit corporation. The Whitaker Museum, contains very famous exhibits coming for the most part, from the ancient Phoenician city.

 

The little island of Mothia is connected to the main land by a ferry boat service. Taking the cruise at sunset can be a very enchanting experience while enjoying an aperitif under an amazing pink sky.

Imbarcadero Isola di Mothia
Il Tempio di Segesta

In the province of Trapani we find Monte Erice on top of which an ancient and amazing village was built. The place will look surreal especially during foggy days. A walk among its narrow paths paved with small square stone tiles, while the scent of the typical local pastries fills the air, is definitively a must. The top of Mount Erice can be reached by a cable car which connects the outskirts of Trapani to the actual town of Erice.
Erice is also an important scientific and cultural center. The city, in fact, hosts the Ettore Maiorana center. The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking. From there you will enjoy a fantastic sight of the Egadi Islands, the sea, the famous Monte Cofano and the actual sickle shape of the city of Trapani.

 

Trapani shores are amazing. Along the coast you will find many equipped beaches, easy to reach from the center of Trapani. The littoral zone of Trapani stretches from the city center to the small inlets of Bonagia, the creeks of Makari until the enchanting San Vito lo Capo whose beaches have been again awarded by Legambiente.

Custonaci, il Duomo Selinunte, Il Tempio

The coast in the entire province continuously offers gorgeous glimpse of the crystal clear sea until the beach of Scopello with its massive stacks. Here, it will be possible to take a boat tour between these two massive rocks for a unique experience.

Erice, la Cattedrale Erice, le Torri del Balio

San Vito lo Capo, Panorama

Castellammare del Golfo is another nice coastal place to visit outside of Trapani for the enchanting crystal clear sea, and some important cultural and historical attractions. Back in history Castellammare del Golfo used to be the harbor and center for trades of Segesta, an ancient Greek colony and, before, city of Elymian people.
Segesta is famous worldwide for its magnificent Doric temple - one of the most well-preserved Greek temples in the world - and its impressive amphitheater. If you are in the area, you cannot miss a stop here!  The ancient theater is located on top of Monte Barbaro. In the summer, it is usually used as a venue for cultural events, concerts and plays, where stage sceneries are not necessary thanks to its amazing natural views.


Another ancient Greek place worth a visit is Selinunte. The archaeological site, containing fie temples centered on an acropolis, is well organized and in a strategic position. A visit at sunset would be ideal to enjoy the magnificence of the ruins and the amazing colors of the blocks, surrounded by a breathtaking views and intense colors.
About 60 Km far from Trapani, there is another place known today as City of Frontier and Contemporary Architecture: Gibellina. The city was totally destroyed by a terrible earthquake that struck the Belice Valley in 1968.  A new town was indeed built about 20 km far from the other. A project, called “Dream in Progress”, was developed by several artists, architects and city planners to create a sort of outdoor museum, a city with wide streets, gardens, sculptures and post-modern buildings. At the beginning of the city, a massive iron star shaped door will welcome you. This door, now known as Stella del Belice (Star of Belice) can be considered the starting point of a post-modern architectural path.

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How to reach Trapani and Egadi Islands

By Air

National and International flights from/to the Palermo International Airport, “Falcone Borsellino” (about 90 km far from the islands), or from/to the Trapani Airport “Vincenzo Florio” (about 20 km far). (Shuttle from to Trapani harbor)

By Ferryboat

From Trapani only. Service provided by Siremar.

By hydrofoil

From/to the Trapani or Marsala harbors and, in summertime only, from Naples with Ustica Lines Company and Siremar company.

In Autobus

From Palermo, Segesta Line Bus.