Trapani is located on the west coast of Sicily. It is still considered an important port and the main gateway to the Egadi Islands, just like it was in the ancient times.
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Location and climate
Trapani is situated 3 meters above sea level with a surface of 4000 square meters on a low elevation sticking out into the Mediterranean. Its original name is Drepanon, from the Greek word for sickle, because of the shape of its harbor. The surrounding coastal plain is rich with salt deposits. The prevailing wind on the west coast of Sicily during the summer is a seabreeze, which rarely turns into a strong air current. While infrequent, gales are not unknown during the spring and early summer and combine with a current along the west coast to kick up a vicious sea. In winter, a strong wind "gregale" can impact the whole of the island and blow for several days.
History and sights
Trapani was founded by the Elymians. Carthage seized it in 260 BC, and it was the key Carthaginian port during the Punic Wars. The Romans conquered it in 241 BC. In the 9th century, Saracens claimed it, and three centuries later, the Normans took it over. During the Spanish domination, Trapani experienced development and new urbanization. From the early 18th century to the mid 19th century, Trapani was ruled by the Sabaudians, the Austrians and the Bourbons. In World War II, Trapani suffered great damages. The entire district of Saint Pietro, the oldest part of Trapani, was destroyed. Much of the old town of Trapani dates from the later medieval or early modern periods; there are no extant remains of the ancient city.
Trapani is an important port and the main gateway to the Egadi Islands. It has 69500 inhabitants. The economy is largely based on fishing, salt mining and winemaking, with tourism growing every year. The city manages to show its medieval past, though even the oldest parts of the city have been modernized. It is renowned for its Easter procession, the Misteri, when the city's guilds carry 17th and 18th century religious statues through the streets in a 16-hour procession starting on Good Friday. The sculptures are displayed in the Chiesa del Purgatorio in the old town for the rest of the year. The town is attractive and still features many antiquities of its historic past, including some beautiful Baroque churches. Its long straight streets, especially Corso Vittorio Emanuel and Via Garibaldi, are lined with palaces from the 15th to 18th centuries. A visit to Erice, a mediaeval town on a spectacular mountain-top site with winding, cobbled streets, is a must. The photogenic Norman church, Chiesa Madre, with its tall bell-tower, is a very popular tourist destination.
How to arrive?
Trapani has a small airport with daily flights to Rome, Milan and Pantelleria. There are also Ryanair flights to Trapani from Barcelona and Dublin.
By car or bus
There are frequent buses from Palermo.
Trapani is a port for ferries and hydrofoils departing to the Egadi Islands, Levanzo, Favignana and even Tunisia.