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Trapani

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The Province of Trapani juts out into the sea from Sicily's west, between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Canal of Sicily
This enchanting land is composed of marvelous coasts that alternate with steep cliffs and endless beaches. 
The archaeological remains and the small villages where the most authentic traditions are still part of daily life make the Province a very attractive tourist destination. 

The Trapani Coast, one of the most impressive in Italy, comprises very valuable naturalistic spots, particularly the Gulf of Castellamare, with its seafront full of cliffs and stacks alternating with beautiful beaches. 
Scopello is particularly renowned for its sea stacks and for its transparent sea. 
Part of this enchanting scenery is San Vito Lo Capo, with its white beaches and waters of the most brilliant hues. 

The Trapanese province encloses an extraordinary natural heritage, starting with the renowned Egadi Islands and the splendid volcanic Isle of Pantelleria, genuine oases that should not go undiscovered. 

Innumerable protected areas such as the Zingaro Natural Reserve, which stretches out along the coast and reefs, inlets and marine cliffs a sheer drop to the blue sea, covered by thick Mediterranean scrub.
In proximity with Trapani, the particularly breathtaking landscapes are composed of saline banks from which windmills arise. This is certainly one of the most important humid coastal zones, protected by the Trapani and Paceco Saline Natural Reserve. 

Trapani Province is particularly renowned for the extraordinary cultural heritage spread all over its territory, from the archaeological area of Segesta, located in the coastal hinterland, to SelinunteErice and the Island of Mothia

The City of Trapani boasts its historic center and several splendid monuments dating to different epochs, a unique and fascinating collection. 

This corner of Sicily is special for its traditions, passed down through the centuries and always reserving new surprises for its visitors. 

Built around its port, the historic center of Trapani abounds in testimonials to its history and art: ancient buildings, monuments and churches such as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo with its elegant Baroque façade, and the Sanctuary of the Annunziata
Not to miss is the Pepoli Regional Museum, which paints the evolution of Trapani’s artistic heritage from ancient times to today. 

Erice, a Medieval town perched on a mountain, offers an incredible panorama and boasts a millenary history, evident in its still-extant section of Punic walls. 
The Cathedral, adorned by an amazing Gothic portal, is something visitors should make a point to take in, along with the A. Cordici Civic Museum that contains archaeological finds and paintings from the 18th Century. 

Trapani Province is especially renowned for the important signs of old civilizations, among which is the Segesta archaeological area, dominated from above by a majestic Doric temple. 
Besides traces of fortified doors and perimeter walls, you can admire the magnificent Greek theatre and the remains of a sanctuary. 

Selinunte is one of the most representative sites of Classical Civilization, located in a very charming spot within the reserve of the River Belice Nature Reserve.
Here you will see the ruins of the colossal Greek temples looming over the territory, the acropolis and the remains of houses and of a perimeter wall. 

The small isle of Mothia, meanwhile, is one of the most important Phoenician settlements with a great number of ruins are visible, specifically the necropolis with the Tophet and the Whitaker Archaeological Museum

A popular marine attraction in Trapani Province are the Egadi Islands, three pearls wedged into the Mediterranean’s blue waters, where nature is still wild, and both beaches and sea are extraordinarily clean. 
Favignana, Levanzo and Maréttimo offer unique landscapes, and important archaeological finds on the seabed date back to the Punic and Roman periods.

The volcanic island of Pantelleria is the largest of the islands surrounding Sicily, and is famous for its landscapes of contrasting black lavic stone and green vegetation. 

Another important city is Marsala, famous for its wine and for being the site where Garibaldi landed; it also boasts excellent archaeological remains from the Carthaginian and Roman epochs - now exhibited in the Baglio Anselmi Archaeological Museum.
The Arazzi Museum preserves a spectacular collection of Flemish tapestries from the 16th Century. 

Other typical towns worth visiting are Mazara del Vallo and Castelvetrano

Trapani's coast - by turns flat and sandy or high and rugged - and the islands of the Province (Pantelleria and the Egadi Islands) offer fun opportunities to spend a relaxing vacation by the sea, and even practice every water sport imaginable. 
Sea enthusiasts and/or the athletic can sail or scuba-dive  to see gorgeous seabeds, or take a boat tour to discover the breathtaking caves of Maréttimo Island, among which is the famous Grotta del Cammello.  

The protected areas allow for naturalistic excursions, and country trails, for trekking

At the thermal baths of Segesta, wellness is guaranteed. The baths exploit the properties of special waters for treatments and therapies. 

The calendar is rich in local events, and highlights the famous Holy Friday Procession in Trapani, the Feast of the Holy Crucifix in Calatafimi (May), and the Feast of Sant’Alberto in Trapani (August). 

Among the celebrations dedicated to gastronomic specialties and typical products, food and wine week reigns in San Vito Lo Capo (August), as does the Mediterranean Wine Fair in Marsala (May and September).

Visitors can also participate in activities linked to marine traditions, such as the mattanza (the tuna cull) in Favignana in May and June. 

Local gastronomy is influenced by the culture and customs of the many peoples that occupied these lands through the centuries. 

A symbol of this fusion is the cous cous, a typical food brought by the Arabs, with whom the local inhabitants conducted a great deal of sea trade. 

Fish is the table's main protagonist, and it is cooked in a number of ways, from lobster spaghetti to grilled fish. The typical product par excellence is tuna.
Trapanese cuisine, in fact, is famous for its traditional mattanza (tuna cull). 

As for pastries, as in all of Sicily, cannoli with ricotta cheese is king, along with the mustazzoli from Erice and fruit from Martorana. 
Among the wines: try the Marsala and Alcamo whites, and the Moscato di Pantelleria.