Trapani, the old Drepanon, and its Province are situated in the west area of a unique and intriguing land. Promontory sickle-shaped overlooking the sea that offers amazing landscapes. A land decorated with authentic art treasures, such as coral, golds and silvers, immersed into the green of olive groves and vineyards and into the white of salt pans, where old mills scan the sounds of wind. White beaches and clear sea of evocative seaside resorts, sea and calm of the untouched nature of islands and natural reserves. Temples and Greek theaters, churches and castles, post-modern architecture. Tradition and folklore, a chest of religious and pagan festivals. Authentic tastes of gastronomy with its old recipes. Apart from the capital, other important centers of the Province are: Marsala, known, above all, for its wine tradition, Mazara del Vallo, the heart of fishing and fish market, San Vito lo Capo, Castellammare del Golfo, Erice ed Alcamo, famous for their natural beauties and their historical and artistic heritage. Several places are plenty of artistic and archeological repertoires: Selinunte, Segesta, Mozia and the Arab-Norman architectures of Mazara, Castelvetrano and Salemi.
In Trapani, it is recommended that tourists visit the Regional Museum ‘Agostino Pepoli’ with its unrivaled exposition of coral objects and much more. The old town develops into a narrow sickle of land overlooking the sea, on whose extreme area Torre di Ligny emerges. It is a natural border which marks the melting of two seas, Tyrrhenian sea and Mediterranean sea.
Sicily: land of conquest where different cultures mixed together leaving indelible signs of their transition; Trapani old town? It’s one of the most brilliant examples of it.
The succession of historical ages is traceable in the city different corners, characterized by the typical beauty of the belonging period. Just seeing monuments, palaces, churches, fountains and squares of Trapani, you can live again the past of this amazing city. In the cities close to the sea like Trapani, frequently happens that the centre of life grows along the streets which branch off from the port, changed during the time up to become a characteristic old town centre, meeting point of culture and history, but also of guys and evening movida, with many restaurants, places, pubs. Must-see of the old town are: The three main streets: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via Torrearsa and Via Garibaldi.
The historic buildings of high artistic value: Cavarretta Palace (today is located in it Trapani’s town hall and it was the first place of Sicilian senate), the Cathedral (Episcopal church of Trapani), Riccio di Morana Palace, San Rocco Palace, Lucatelli Palace, the Church of the Jesuit College, the Church of Purgatory souls, the Church of Saint Peter, the Church of Saint Augustine and the near Saturn’s Fountain.
The Vittorio Emanuele square draws the line between the old and the new city of Trapani, in its surroundings lie Margaret’s Gardens, a botanic garden with ficus trees dated back to the nineteenth century, D’Alì Palace and Triton’s Fountain. The true beauty of Trapani is the atmosphere; unfortunately it’s not possible to describe it only with a words description.
The street which connect Trapani to Marsala is lined by the splendid view of salt pans on the right (if you’re coming from Trapani): stretches of water separated by thin strips of land so as to shape a chessboard with multifaceted colours. Windmills interrupt salt stretches, although now little used, still beautiful. The salt harvest takes place during the summer and it’s the true must-see of this place, with also the bird watching and the guided tour with WWF staff.
Mothia (18 Km far from Trapani)
The coast that leads from Trapani to Marsala offers an amazing spectacle. Forty hectares of history suspended in the sea, along the island Longa, to that of S. Mary and Scola, where there's the former STAGNONE ISLANDS, the largest lagoon in Sicily, one the most important "wetland" in Europe. PHOENICIAN-PUNICO site of the largest of the Mediterranean, the island became a site for its strategic proximity to the powerful Carthage. Mothia historical position dates to the eighth century around a. C. The Giovinetto of Mothia dates the fifth century BC which is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in recent years.
The Aegadian islands
Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo, the small island of Formica and the rock of Maraone composed the Aegadian Islands, situated in the western side of Sicily. Wonderful crystal blue waters, rich and varied marine flora and fauna make the Aegadian Islands famous in the world. These features make the Archipelago of the Aegadian Islands an appreciated destination for snorkelers, scuba drivers and yachtsmen. Lovers of nature walks don’t let also slip the occasion of going around across the islands rural ways which offer a rich vegetation and fauna (especially birds).
A visit to Erice means losing in the beauty of its limestone and labyrinth streets, of fortifications, ancient churches and convents, pine forests, gardens and breath-taking views. The small medieval village of Erice lies upon an upland protected by ancient walls, which formed an equilateral triangle map. Many are the legends which, with the mystic strong, make Erice as a place very striking, especially in a foggy day. Erice is 15 km far from Trapani and lies in 750 metres upon the sea level, in a splendid panoramic location thanks to which it’s even possible to see the Etna volcano on the horizon during clear days. Must-see of Erice are: Maria Grammatico’s Bakery, where tasting the typical pastries of Erice called “Genovesi”; Venus Castle, the Madrice (the Cathedral), the Church of Saint Julian, the Monastery of the Blessed Salvatore, the Spanish Quarter, the Elymian-Punic Walls and so on. Erice is also the location of the Scientific Cultural Centre “Ettore Majorana” founded in 1963.
San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo has become a famous and unbeatable place, not only for its golden beach, bright sand and for its clear and crystal blue water, but also thanks to the Cous Cous Festival. San Vito Lo Capo is a coastline totally uncontaminated which reaches from Custonaci to Castellammare del Golfo out, where join together the Zingaro Oriented Natural Reserve, Macari, Scurati caves and Scopello stacks. The small village is full of people during the summertime and it often hosts a lot of events, concerts, cultural, wine and food performances. There are also different evening attractions for young people who are looking for some fun, like pubs, live music and discos. Must-see of San Vito Lo Capo and surroundings: The old town of San Vito Lo Capo where meet the church and the main square, tasting a typical ice cream by Miceli ice cream parlor, making a happy hour by Sea-Garden, bathing during Saint Lorenz midnight and especially during the Feast of the Assumption, walking on the foreshore; Hiking over a part of the way in the Zingaro Oriented Natural Reserve, bathing in “acque fridde” (cold water) of Macari or in “Calazza”, visiting Scurati caves and Scopello stacks. For those people who have no time of visiting different places in separated days, we suggest to choose our excursion with departure from San Vito Lo Capo up to Scopello stacks.