What to visit in Trapani
Trapani is an enchanted place rich in art, history and culture, rich in signs of the past still alive in the city.
Every corner of the city of Trapani is to discover and to tell, is a reminder of past ages, of deep and multi-ethnic roots.
In Trapani you'll be certainly fascinated: natural and cultural unusual views framed by a landscape suspended between sky and sea ..
The most western part is certainly the most charateristic: it hosts the harbor, has like background Egadi islands and on its extremity, set on a little island, it offers a view of the Colombaia, a medieval fortress composed of an octagonal tower and four superimposed planes.
Proceeding westwards we arrive then at Ligny Tower, an ancient spanish watchtower with a square shape that now houses the Museum of Prehistory with amphorae, artifacts and tools of the prehistoric era of Trapani and from whose terrace you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama: the view goes from Capo San Vito to Erice, you can see Marsala, Trapani, the Egadi islands and the islet of Formica to finish with an impressive cliff that divides the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Mediterranean Sea.
Another area to visit is invariably the historic center with the Matrix with its Baroque façade, historic buildings from the high artistic value as Cavarretta Palace and the many churches such as: the Church of Purgatory, the Church of San Domenico, the Church of San Pietro, the Church of St. Augustine.
Erice, a small medieval village located on the summit of the Mount, was once dominated by the Elimi that gave the village its ancient name Erix and who founded the temple dedicated to Venus, goddess of love and fertility. Inside the Castle of Venus, a 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 cyclopean walls, is characterized by stone paths adorned with trees, plants and flowers that give the center a magical and enchanted atmosphere.
Its large and spectacular view is breathtaking: From Erice Trapani can be seen perfectly with its characteristic sickle shape and Monte Cofano with Custonaci at its feet. To visit Giardino del Balio, Pepoli Castle, the Church of San Giovanni Battista (with Gagini's works), the Mother Church and its imposing bell tower, the church of San Pietro built in baroque style, the Oratory of Purgatory built in the rococo style, the church of San Giuliano.
There is a wonderful place where the sunsets provide indescribable emotions and where the sky turns pink: the Saline Ettore e Infersa of Marsala. The salt flats, with three mills, recently restored, mountains of salt in part covered with terracotta tiles and the island of Mothia right in front, they really are a scene of great beauty.
Along the "Via del Sale", within a baglio, you can visit the Salt Museum, which contains the working tools of the salt and lots of black and white photos that tell the process of salt.
A few minutes from Saline di Marsala, through a pier, you can reach Mothya, an ancient Phoenician city belonging to the island of San Pantaleo, in the Stagnone of Marsala, which contains numerous archaeological remains of great interest. It is worthwhile to visit the Whitaker Museum which houses the statue of the Giovinetto of Mozia, testimony of the classical period found in the 70s during the excavations.
Reachable both from San Vito Lo Capo and from Scopello, the Zingaro Nature Reserve covers an unspoilt and protected area that stretches for 7 km. Along the south path you can reach coves, protected from rocks and characterized by turquoise waters in an unmatched landscape . Walking the north path instead, you reach Grotta dell'Uzzo, an important archaeological site where traces of human, animal remains and tools dating back 10,000 years ago were found.
On a hill of the ancient elima city of Segesta, an imposing Doric temple of the fifth century before Christ stands with an enormous charm and almost completely intact. Within the archaelogical aerea you can see the Acropolis, to whom the theater and the Castle belong.
Favignana is the largest island of the Aegean archipelago. Characterized by its butterfly-shape, Favignana offers clear blue waters and colorful landscapes of an infinity beauty. Famous is certainly his Cala Rossa because of intense colors of its waters and in relation to the landscape in wich it is located: the cove offers a rocky area for whose who love to dive and a beach for whose who loves to have a nap under the sun.
The other coves that deserve at least a dip are: Grotta Perciata, Cala Azzurra, Lido Burrone, Punta dei Faraglioni e Punta Sottile. Particular are also several caves, accessible by boat, like the "Cave of Sighs"
Selinunte, an ancient Greek city on the southwest coast of Sicily has the largestarchaeological park in Europe. Its uniqueness lies on the amount of archaeological ruinsin this area, some of which are still in perfect shape. In the acropolis of the ancient city, arouse your wonder the G temple, dedicated to the god Apollo, which covers an area of ?6000 square meters and the F temple in Doric style.
Pantelleria, a volcanic island with intense colors and the rugged coastline is a place of wellness ideal for taking care of themselves and enjoy healthy relaxation. The island offersunique landscapes, each place will amaze you, every place will make you stop for a swimor take a picture.
There are several thermal sources to have moments of absolute wellbeing with saunas, hot springs and sulphurous emanations: the Favera Grande, the Ascent of Sulphur, the pit of Pernice. One of the jewels of the island is also the lake "Mirror of Venus" by the colors blue-green and surrounded by a typical well known as its waters are filled with soda, so perfect for peeling the skin.