Travel and Culture in Sicily
Known as "the city of the two seas", Trapani is set on the westernmost tip of Sicily, where the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Channel of Sicily meet. Trapani has both a seaport and an airport (Birgi).
Trapani can be easily reached also through Palermo’s seaport and airport (Punta Raisi).
From Trapani Birgi airport it takes no more than 20 minutes by car. From Palermo Punta Raisi airport, 80 km east of Trapani, it takes about 50 minutes by motorway A29 Dir, which parts from A29 (heading to Mazara del Vallo) near Alcamo.
If you wish to reach Trapani with your own car, the boat is probably the ideal means of transportation. The port of Trapani has regular connections with Leghorn (Livorno), Cagliari (in Sardinia) and Tunis. You can easily come to Trapani through Palermo, whose port has connections with Naples (Napoli), Civitavecchia (near Rome) and Genoa. Reaching Trapani from the harbour of Palermo takes around 90 minutes through A29DIR.
Locally, the port of Trapani is linked to the islands of Pantelleria, Ustica, and especially the nearby Egadi archipelago (Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo), which is just a few minutes away.
A cable-car links Trapani to the ancient town of Erice atop the mountain of the same name, in just 10 minutes.
Trapani photographies kindly granted by Scuola Virgilio (Trapani)