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5 good reasons to go to Trapani
To see / do
Culture and history
The Salt Works
The salt marshes south of Trapani bay significantly contributed to the development of the city, back when salt was a rare and coveted commodity. Today, very little production remains. It has since become a remarkable bird sanctuary, run by the WWF foundation, who organise visits and maintain the windmills.
Museo Regionale Agostino Pepoli
This former Carmelite convent, which can be accessed via the cloister, was transformed to house the private collections of Count Agostino Pepoli and General Fardella. The museum showcases the expertise of Trapani’s craftsmen over the centuries, particularly the goldsmiths who worked with red coral.
Built by the Elymians, an ancient people of which we know very little, the ancient site of Segesta is nevertheless one of the best conserved in Sicily. You can admire the magnificent temple of Hera and its 36 huge columns, still standing, which speaks to the significance of the monument. The Greek amphitheatre could seat 7,000 people and offers a breathtaking view over the valley.
This town of ancient origins was known for its temple of Aphrodite. Today, it’s a medieval fortress overlooking the Mediterranean. Fabulously perched on top of its mountain, this picturesque village is worth visiting on a trip inland.
Zingaro Nature Reserve
It’s a delight to walk along this stretch of coastline, which is unspoilt and free of construction. Heavenly coves reveal themselves one by one, perfect for donning your mask and snorkel - but be sure to pack a picnic, water and sun cream. If you go up a bit further, you will discover extraordinary flora and fauna, like the bright green lizard or the majestic Bonelli’s eagle.
This volcanic island, which is closer to Tunisia than it is Italy, can be reached from Trapani. There you will find warm waters, fumaroles and numerous sea caves to explore. The craters also make for some very nice hikes.
It was the Arab period that had the greatest influence on Trapani cuisine. Fish couscous has thus become the city’s signature dish, prepared in the traditional manner in many restaurants. A tasty dish perfect for sharing, that brings together all the flavours of the Mediterranean.
Biscotti ai fichi
You will find these delicious fig-filled cakes in all of Trapani’s bakeries. They go very well with a little cappuccino on the terrace, or to satisfy your hunger when you’re out and about.
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