The province of Trapani offers a great variety of suggestive views; it stretches over the westernmost tip of Sicily and the city of Trapani is like a strip of land bathed by two seas and protected by Mount San Giuliano on whose summit stands the ancient medieval village of Erice. From any point on the summit, you can enjoy enchanting views, most importantly the one over the city with its lively port, the turquoise coloured saltpans and the windmills that reveal ancient traditions such as salt extraction and the processing of blue fish.
The historic centre of the city is dotted with beautiful Baroque style buildings; here and there, traces of Basile’s Liberty (Art nouveau) style can also be seen.
Beyond our fascinating Arab-Norman domes and the architecture left by many different colonizations, Trapani is not only a point of arrival, a practical and captivating port, but also an excellent starting point to reach the innumerable natural beauty spots that surround it.
Opposite the port are the three Egadi Islands: Levanzo, Favignana and Marettimo among whose coasts the Punic wars were fought; and a little further east there is the Stagnone lagoon nature reserve. Before entering the city, between the vineyards and olive groves, there is the archaeological site of Segesta. Proceeding east, we arrive in Marsala, famous for its wines and vegetable gardens and the fishing town of Mazzara del Vallo, which boasts the richest fishing, port in Italy.
The Sicilian gastronomic specialties are renowned all over the world, but those from Trapani reveal a real cultural mixture. Each foreign colonization left its mark in a swirl of flavours and fragrances which can be enjoyed seated comfortably in one of the many restaurants scattered around the streets of the historic centre, among splendid shop windows whilst enjoying the lively nightlife.
In short, choosing Trapani as a port means ensuring a relaxing beach holiday amidst history, culture and nature, confident of having all the practicalities offered by the Drepanum shipyard.