Trapani attractions: itineraries and places to seeApril 29, 2015
In Trapani and its surroundings, you can see and visit fascinating places such as San Vito Lo Capo, Erice, the Egadi archipelago, Mozia, Segesta, Marsala, Custonaci and Mazara del Vallo, but in fact the list could go on and on because the area around the city is undoubtedly among the most evocative ones of Sicily.
Trapani, for example, is called "the city between two seas" as it juts out on a strip of land surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south of; it offers visitors a magnificent old town with the signs of the different cultures that have been influencing the city over the past centuries: the old quarter of Casalicchio, the Jewish quarter of Giudecca, the ruins of the medieval Earth Castle, the Sea Castle. Also a must see are the Senatorial Palace, the palace Riccio di San Gioacchino, the church of Purgatory and the church of the College. Not far from the city center also stand the sanctuary of the Annunciation and the Pepoli Museum.
Then, as previously anticipated, there are the surroundings of Trapani. Starting from San Vito Lo Capo, an ideal place for holidays, thanks to its clear waters and its beach of fine white sand. From San Vito Lo Capo you can easily reach the Zingaro Nature Reserve. Not far away is the ancient Erice, situated on the mountain of the same name, and with its medieval town made of winding little streets going up and down.
Only 7 kilometers away from the west coast of Sicily, exactly between Trapani and Marsala, is the archipelago of the Egadi Islands, consisting of three main islands (Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo) and two islets. Favignana, with its recognizable butterfly shape, is a popular destination for tourists thanks to its marvellous sea, which is characterized by numerous bays; it is also famous for the "slaughter" tradition, meaning the tuna fishing. Marettimo is the farthest Egadi Island from the mainland and therefore it has managed to remain a natural paradise, with a rough and charming landscape. Finally, Levanzo is the ideal place for those who want to go trekking, thanks to the presence of numerous footpaths.
In conclusion of this brief review of the surroundings of Trapani, we have to mention the precious archaeological sites of Mozia and Segesta. The excavations in Mozia have revealed a great deal of finds, together with a necropolis, the house of the mosaics and a paved street. In Segesta, you can find instead the Doric temple, the Hellenistic theater, the remains of a sanctuary, and the ruins of the ancient city.
The city of Trapani and its surroundings are easily accessible from all parts of Italy and Europe through the international airport of Trapani, mainly served by low cost airline Ryanair.