What to do in Trapani?
Trapani, also known as the gateway to the East, and the city of a hundred churches, is one of the most beautiful places in Sicily. Once you get there, you will have plenty of options to choose on what to see, because not only the city, but the entire surrounding areas hide true wonders. Discover the five must-sees in Trapani.
The Historic Center: The urban planning of the city has witnessed a past of conquests of different populations. From which the Greeks, Arabs, and Normans stand out. The protagonists of the historic city center are undoubtedly its churches, mostly in Baroque style, whose elegance turns the town into a spectacle. Its streets such as Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient Loggia, via Torrearsa, and via Garibaldi. Visit historical buildings of high artistic value, such as the Palazzo Cavarretta, the seat of the Trapani Town Hall, and the Cathedral. Don't forget about the Ligny tower, the old defensive bastion of the city, and now the Museum of Prehistory.
Erice: A few kilometers from Trapani and 750 meters above sea level, you'll find Erice, a medieval town considered a true gem. The city overlooks the sea, and it is possible to see Trapani, the Egadi Islands, and San Vito Lo Capo. Within the "Cyclopean Walls" built by the Cyclopes. At the top of the city, you can visit the Balio Towers, the Venus Castle, and the Pepoli Tower. However, the symbol of Erice is the Castle of Venus. Built-in Norman times, it stands on the rock overlooking the sea, where you can admire a spectacular panorama! Once you've enjoyed the spectacle of the coastal view, all you have to do is end your trip on a high note and stop by one of the many patisseries for marzipan-based delicacies or fantastic cannoli, all at affordable prices.
The Saline Reserve: The road from Trapani to Marsala is best known as the road of salt. Because of the salt flats within a nature reserve managed by the World Wildlife Fund. There are 1000 hectares of land populated by large tanks used for the "cultivation" of salt and windmills reflected in the water. Truly a spectacle! Especially at sunset were delicate pink tones predominate. In this almost unreal place, you can find several species of poultry, among them the pink flamingo, the great white heron, the knight of Italy, the pink gull, and the kingfisher.
Temple of Segesta: Despite being more than 2,400 years old, the Temple of Segesta, located in the archaeological zone of Calatafimi Segesta (province of Trapani), never ceases to amaze with its grandeur, elegance, and formal perfection. Numerous studies say the temple was built on a project by an Athenian architect and was later left unfinished after a conflict against Selinunte. Today it is undoubtedly the best-preserved Greek temple in all of Sicily. What is surprising is its position, located at the top of a valley, between two mountains where the ancient city of Segesta previously stood. Despite numerous studies, it has not yet been possible to understand who the temple was dedicated to since there are no traces of rites or ceremonies linked to it. The mystery of the reason for its construction has increased its charm over time.
Favignana: In the same district, it is worth visiting the island of Favignana, which together, with Marettimo and Levanzo, is part of the Egadi archipelago. Favignana, called "the big butterfly on the sea" due to its shape, is located seven kilometers from the east coast, halfway between Trapani and Marsala. The beaches of Favignana are its protagonists, packed with tourists from all over the world during the summer season. Among these we highlight Cala Rossa, Cala Azzurra, Scalo Cavallo, Cala Rotonda and Bue Marino. If you are a diving lover Isola Preveto, Secca del Tonno, Scoglio Corrente, and Punta Fanfalo are musts-sees.
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