On the north-western corner of Sicily in southern Italy, Trapani is a peaceful port city which is as authentic as any other place on the island. Although it’s not as popular with visitors as Palermo, Catania or Messina, it’s something of an undiscovered gem, offering great views of the Mediterranean as well as a few great walking routes nearby. When setting foot in Trapani, you can be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped back in time! Most of the city’s architecture dates back as far as medieval times, while some of the newer buildings were constructed in the 18th Century. Trapani is a popular port for ferry rides which go to nearby Sardinia as well as Tunisia.
Most roads in Trapani are narrow and hard to navigate with a large vehicle. Something small and nippy will work when going through the city centre.
Driving in Trapani
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Important things to note
Trapani doesn’t have many dual-carriageway roads, so traffic can be an issue when heading into the city, even away from the morning and evening rush hours.
If driving to Erice, be wary of many sharp corners. The city is only accessible by the SP3 road, and after that, it might be best to walk in the town itself.
Trapani’s main tourist office is on Via Francesco d’Assisi. It’s generally open on weekday mornings, but there are other information points in the city centre.
Highlights & Hotspots
Triton’s Fountain is one of the city’s finest sights. Built several centuries ago, it’s a good place to stand and watch the world go by and is ideal for a few snaps should you decide to take your camera with you!
The Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata, which was rebuilt in 1760 after first being constructed in 1315, has an exquisite marble statue of the Madonna of Trapani. It’s also worth walking around the grounds.
The nearby hill town of Erice is just a short cable car ride away. Here, you can get a better view of the Mediterranean as well as have a quiet stroll away from the busy port area if you feel the need to get away.
Trapani’s main museum is the Museo di Preistoria e del Mare. Inside the Tower of Ligny, it has artefacts from prehistoric Trapani plus examples of how the Romans had an impact on the region. Some of the other exhibits tell the story of the Gulf of Trapani.
Vincenzo Florio Airport, also known as Trapani-Birgi Airport, serves the north-western part of Sicily. It has one main terminal building and offers seasonal flights to both Manchester and London-Luton airports in the UK.
The airport is where the A29 road begins, taking you north towards Trapani. The SP21 road goes towards Trapani city centre, roughly four miles north.