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Trapani is a medium-sized city near the North-West corner of Sicily, Italy.

Get in

By Train

Frequent trains run from Palermo, with a few stopping at Segesta. Local trains also run to Marsala, Mazara del Vallo and Castelvetrano (for the ruins of Selinunte).

By Bus

Frequent buses run from Palermo. Less frequently they go to Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, Castelvetrano (for the ruins of Selinunte), Sciacca, Agrigento and Segesta.

By Boat

Trapani is the port for frequent boats and hydrofoils to the Egadi Islands. Nightly boats (and hydrofoils in summer) also run to Pantelleria, with weekly (or so) ones to Tunis. See SIREMAR and Ustica Lines

By Plane

Trapani has a small airport (TPS), with internal flights to Rome, Milan and Pantelleria. Since September 2006, Ryanair is operating a low-cost flight to Pisa. New Ryanair flights to Trapani from Barcelona and Dublin are scheduled to start in 2007. For further information:

Get around

Trapani is small enough to walk around. Buses pass the ferry port and the adjacent bus station and railway station are on the edge of the city centre.


  • The magnificent Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata (also called Madonna di Tràpani) originally built in 1315-1332 and rebuilt in 1760. It houses a marble statue of the Madonna of Tràpani, which might be the work of Nino Pisano
  • The Baroque Palazzo della Giudecca 'or Casa Ciambra
  • The Fontana del Tritone (Triton's Fountain)
  • The Baroque Palazzo della Giudecca or Casa Ciambra
  • The Cathedral (1635)
  • The fine buildings on the main Corso Vittorio Emanuele
  • Enjoy the bustle of the port. See the Italians shouting and gesticulating as they load the large ferries to Tunis

The city is renowned for its Easter procession, I Misteri, when the town's guilds parade a groups of sculpted 17th century and 18th century religious statues through the streets in a procession lasting for 16 hours on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.




  • Calvino, Via N.Nasi, +39 0923 21464. Excellent pizza - you'll have to come early or book ahead if you want to eat in. The locals flock here for take-aways.
  • Da Salvator Via N.Nasi. Fairly good, cheap food.



Maccotta, Via del Argentieri (+39) 0923 23348. Attractive, clean and surprisingly cheap.

Get out

  • Erice is well worth a visit. Regular buses go to this nearby precipitous hilltop town, but the best way to get there is by the new cable-car. Wander around and soak in the atmosphere.
  • The Egadi islands (Favignana, Levanzo e Marettimo) are very close and well worth a visit, with their wonderful beaches and bays.
  • San Vito Lo Capo is a wonderful beach 40 km from Trapani, with white sand and crystal blue sea.
  • Visit the Greek temple, theatre and ruins at Segesta on a day trip, or en-route to Palermo.
  • The beaches of Scopello are not to be missed (featured at the end of the movie Ocean's Twelve).

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