Travel and Culture in Sicily
Trapani is an elegant city that will conquer you little by little: from 12th century abbeys to art nouveau houses, the old town is as rich as it is pleasant to walk through its tree-planted squares and seafront.
Among its many churches, the sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Trapani stands out by its sheer size and its combination of styles spanning over four centuries (14-17th). Next to the sanctuary, the ancient Dominican convent is now Museo Pepoli, which houses a rich and varied permanent exhibition including very precious coral handiworks from local workshops.
Overhanging Trapani, Erice is an actual open-air museum, probably the best-kept medieval town in Sicily, with its castles and dungeons and city walls, not to mention its wonderful churches, many of which have been recently restored and re-opened.
Around Trapani you will find several archaeological sites of great beauty and historical significance, such as the Phoenician trading post on the small island of Mozia in the Stagnone lagoon, or Segesta, with its temple and theatre amid green hills and wheat fields, Selinunte, with its acropolis overlooking the sea.
Trapani photographies kindly granted by Scuola Virgilio (Trapani)