Located on the north-western coast of Sicily, Trapani is a charming town popular with tourists as there is so much to appreciate. Packed with stunning architecture dating from the Baroque period, visitors come to see the many beautiful churches, enjoy the gorgeous beaches and explore the picturesque surrounding Sicilian countryside.
Trapani is easily accessed by plane from all over Europe with passengers flying into Trapani Birgi Airport (TPS). When considering Sicily car hire can prove to be an extremely flexible option, allowing visitors to explore the various attractions in their own time. Trapani is one of the region's most striking gems. Although nothing remains of the original ancient city, it is crammed full of delightful buildings dating from the late medieval and Baroque periods.
Many were damaged during the Second World War but there is still plenty to see. Notable churches include Sant'Agostino and Santa Maria di Gess, as well as the incredible Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata.
Easter is a particularly good time to visit Trapani to enjoy the spectacular Processione dei Misteri di Trapani, or Procession of Mysteries. From Good Friday to Easter Saturday the local guilds carry out a procession of floats with sculptures depicting scenes from the Passion, the last few days of Jesus' life.
Other popular attractions include the Palazzo Riccio di Morana, Casa Ciambra and the Fountain of Triton. Admire the Gagani sculptures and coral carvings at the Pepoli Nazionale Museo or take a cable car from the city up to Monte Erice. On a clear day you can see as far as Tunisia and Africa.
Trapani also makes a great base to explore the rest of north-western Sicily. Hire a car to reach the nearby city of Palermo or make a trip to the Salt Museum at Nubia to learn about the region's numerous salt-pans. Segesta is an absolute must-see it was one of the cities built by the Elymians, one of the three indigenous peoples of the area. On the outskirts of the settlement lies an extremely well-preserved Doric temple dating back to the 5th century BC.
Visit the stunning beaches at Marausa or travel to the charming seaside town of San Vito lo Capo. The Egadi Islands are another destination that attracts plenty of visitors. Lying a few miles off the coast of Trapani, these three islands are the perfect place to discover hidden bays and coves, walk along deserted mountain paths or simply enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
There are plenty of other sights in Sicily that are easy to explore with a hire car. Connoisseurs will enjoy a day trip to Marsala, home of the region's distinctive fortified wine. Wildlife lovers should also travel to the enchanting Zingaro nature reserve, packed with rare plants and an abundance of birds.
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