On the coast between San Vito Lo Capo and Castellamare del Golfo, the Zingaro Natural Reserve stretches for 7 km of virgin wilderness. Tell in few words how charming this place is, is a challenge. The crystal water of Sicily meets here amazing beaches sprinkled with white pebbles. In addition, the protection offered by the reserve assures the survival of local fauna and flora, preserving the untouched environment of this area together with all its colours and perfumes.
Sicily is the cradle of the European culture and Segesta is one of the historical treasure of this region. It used to be the centre of one of the three indigenous people of Sicily: the Elymians. With a scenic location high up on Mount Barbaro, (about 400 meters high) only 30 minutes by car from Trapani, Segesta is the ideal destination for a daytrip. It attracts both lovers of history and nature, since the path to the monuments is surrounded by the local Mediterranean scrubland. It is also here you will find the magnificent Doric temple and the Greek theater called The Segesta Theater.
This Basilica houses an impressive collection from both medieval and modern periods. Here visitors can admire paintings by world-famous artists, marble sculptures, a splendid assortment of gold and silver fine art objects, as well as memorabilia connected with Trapani’s history. The entire cathedral expresses the typical Sicilian Renascent-Baroque style through its marble naves magnificently frescoed.
This sui generis reserve is situated almost 3 km away from Trapani's centre, it covers the ancient salt ponds of Trapani and Paceco. Visitors can freely walk around in the reserve and see and hear all sorts of wildlife that have repopulated the area now that they are protected. This sight shows its best at the end of the day thanks to the silhouette of windmills and the flat landscape against the beautiful colours of the sundown.
A walk in Trapani’s old city cannot be missed. The legacy left by the numerous dominations suffered by the region can be easily recognised in each building. Across the various districts, you can admire different architectural styles, from the Arabian to the medieval, and Baroque. Everything is easily reachable within walking distance, so you will be able to experience Trapani's old city in one go.
The Church of Saint Augustine is the oldest building in Trapani, dated back to the Templars’ period. Milestone of Gothic style, the church is recognisable thanks to the big rose window on its facade. In the little square adjacent to the church is situated the famous Saturn Fountain, from the 14th century, as a representation of the mythological founder of Trapani: the god Saturn.
Favignana Island is part of the Aegadian Archipelago, famous for its glorious beaches. It is located just 17 km southwest of Trapani, and it is easily reachable by frequent ferries. Visitors can take boat trips to the entire group of islands so to discover the natural magnificence of the deep southern Italy. In the numerous small ports, you cannot miss the daily fish markets, where you will have the possibility to taste raw sea urchins, typical dish of the Mediterranean coast.
Sicily has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. At a short distance from Trapani, San Vito Lo Capo hosts some of them. These bays are particularly famous for their wilderness, crystal waters and soft sand. This bewildered atmosphere even caught the attention of Hollywood directors, who set several movies here. All this gorgeousness obviously attracts many visitors in summer, but for gourmands the perfect moment to visit San Vito is in September during the regional couscous festival.
The historic town of Erice is located on the top of Mount Erice, just outside Trapani. The view is stunning from here, and the location is reachable in various ways: by car, bus; by the cable car connecting Trapani to Erice; or for hike enthusiasts it is possible to get there through a path of almost 2 hours. Erice's relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place to spend the day exploring.
Trapani is a treasure chest of tradition. One of the most ancient and still followed ritual is the annual Procession of Mysteries (Provessione dei Misteri). Each Good Friday almost twenty sculptures are carried across the roads of the city centre. This is one of the longest religious festival in Sicily and in Italy. Italian religion folklore is one of the most coloured and observed in Europe, and this procession fully represents it.
Marsala is the biggest town in Trapani's district, and it is generally known because from its harbour Garibaldi started his travel to unify Italy. But above all, Marsala is an important gastronomic destination. In this part of the region the Italian tradition meets the Arabic, creating incredibly tasty dishes. It was also here the Marsala wine was born, a sweet wine famous all over the world.
Grotta Mangiapane is the biggest cave of the group Scurati's Caverns. Scurati is a little village with very ancient origins, as the numerous finds happened here can demonstrate. The cave takes its name from the family Mangiapane, who lived here for more than a century, indeed it hosts a very peculiar rural agglomeration composed of little squared houses. Totally different epochs merge together in this unique place. During Christmas period, Grotta Mangiapane hosts a big event called “Living Nativity”, an event where the agro-pastoral life comes alive with some 160 performers, including artists and craftsmen from all over Sicily.
If you like active holidays, or if you are travelling with children, this adventure park in the Natural Reserve Bosco d'Alcamo is the right place for you. Vivilbosco consists in various suspended paths located at different heights between one tree to another, on which users can freely move to complete the itinerary. Don’t be scared! Paths are designed to be practicable from anyone from 6 to 60 years old and they are divided according to their complexity so to not put anyone in danger.
Nuova Gibellina is a one-of-a-kind sight. The small village of Gibellina was destroyed by a strong earthquake in 1968 and reconstructed later, 11 km away from its original location. The new city was designed by the most prominent artists in Italy and it has a peculiar and variegated landscape. Whereas, the ruin of the old village - now called Vecchia Gibellina - has been covered entirety in concrete, whereas preserving the streetscape.
Located in the historic centre, this beautiful Gothic style church is well worth seeking out. Inside it is possible to admire a very interesting group of artworks created by the most valuable local artists, as the marble baldachin and all the stunning sacred frescoes and paintings exposed on the walls of the side aisles.
If you are an adventurous eater and you want to experience authentic rustic Sicilian dinner, this agritourism in Trapani´s countryside is the ideal place for you. The raw materials are directly produced on the spot in the ample farm of the family Sanacore. The atmosphere is rustic and genuine as well as elegant and cordial. Perfect for both a romantic dinner or a meal with the family. For the greediest, varied menus are available according to the season or the festivity.
This is the ideal place to start your journey in the traditional Sicilian cuisine. Sit in one of the rustic benches or in a typical wicker chair and enjoy dishes made exclusively with the best genuine materials. Very recommended are the specialties of the house: couscous with fish and cassatelle with broth. Each dish can be accompanied by local wines chosen from the extensive list of the restaurant. If you are looking for an elegant and refined restaurant, Ai lumi will not disappoint you.
For those who love Asian cuisine, this is the perfect place. This Japanese and Chinese restaurant is particularly well-known in Trapani for its sushi. Being located in a coastal city, the fish is always daily fresh. Also offers Chines food like dumplings, noodle and rice dishes and other flavoured dishes. Takeaway service is also available.
Pizzeria Calvino is located in the city centre, serving freshly made pizzas with wide variety of flavours. Takeaway service is available, so you can find your own spot and enjoy your pizza wherever you prefer. It is a simple friendly place with an easy-going atmosphere with only a few seats. In the end, pizza is all that matters, and here they are delicious!
A tiny rustic tavern away from the main throng of tourists and visitors in Erice. Its cuisine mirrors so much local tradition that it will seem to be run by a Sicilian grandma. Osteria di Venere has an easy-going atmosphere where the polite and smiling staff serves quality food, only prepared with fresh seasonal produce.
Osteria La Bettolaccia is a small cosy restaurant with amazing typical Italian food. The menu changes depending on the season, the portions are good sized and there is also a varied wine list to go with your meal. If you are curious about traditional dishes as pasta alla norma or busiate al pesto trapanese, this is the right place for you!
New Albatros on Favignana Island, serves Italian cuisine but what it is most known for is the drinks that complement its dishes. Whether you take a beer, which is served in a ceramic mug, or a cooling drink you will not get disappointed. A good idea is to come quite early if you would like a seat on their outdoor terrace. Perfect for an aperitif with friends.
Serisso47 is a modern chic Italian restaurant, located in the centre of Trapani. The staff is very helpful and skilled, and the atmosphere is cosy and relaxed. The food is prepared with passion by the chef and founder of Serisso47, a real artist. You can get information about him and the specialties of the house on the restaurant website. Given the location, fresh fish is recommended here.
If it is a steak that you are craving for, then you should visit I Grilli. The menu is creative and modern and from the wine list, pick a tasteful wine that will perfectly accompanied your meal. With the open grill you can see how the chef prepares your scrumptious meat. It is also very easy to find, being in the very centre of the city.
Ardigna is the main restaurant in the little village of Salemi, located on your way up the mountain, but do not let the location scare you off. The place is quite big but still reservation is recommended to make sure to get a table. The menu is typical Italian and waiters will guide you through the fresh dishes on offer. As in the Sicilian tradition dishes are abundant, so be prepared for a great meal! Strongly suggested is the mixed grill.
Osteria Vineria a Casa Mia is one of the few places frequently visited by tourists as well as locals, indication of the quality of its dishes. The cuisine you will find here is typical Sicilian and seafood. The beautiful location by the sea, together with friendly yet professional staff of this family owned restaurant, will assure you a nice evening. Specialties of the house: Fritto misto di pesce! (mix of fried fish).
This Mediterranean restaurant on the Favignana Island is famous for its varied offer of fresh fish. In an elegant but familiar atmosphere, the owner and chef of the eatery treats each customer as a friend, chatting with everyone and explaining the specialties of the day. Thanks to this, in addition to its professional staff and the quality of the food, Quello che c'è c'è will surely conquer you.
Trapani is also a city to discover by night and to enter in the right mood a dinner in this club is ideal. A modern and fresh atmosphere will welcome you at the Megriffe in Marsala. It proposes a sushi menu, together with traditional Sicilian dishes revised in an innovative and up-to-date key. The club hosts events and concerts every night. Perfect also for aperitifs.
This “pasticceria” (bakery) is one of the favourites among the locals. Everybody in Trapani knows it but it is not easy to find, it has no sign or seats, but it is definitively worthy seeking out among Trapani's alleys. La Rinascente is considered the heaven of Sicilian pastry, here you can find any dessert the region has on offer: cannoli, cassatelle, geli, cialdoni... and much more!
Located in the Old City, just near the Clock Tower, Pasticceria Colicchia is part of Trapani tradition. In this café, the time stopped four decades ago, and it is this genuineness, which makes it unique. Having brioches and slush for breakfast here is imperative when on holiday in Trapani.
BeCool is one of the most popular cafés in Trapani. In the morning, it offers a wide choice of sweet breakfast like classic brioche paired with cappuccino or with slush. Whereas in the late afternoon you can enjoy the varied appetizers composing the aperitif, together with a spritz or a refreshing drink.
Before going back home from Sicily you should take with you some cannolis to share with your friends and family. At the Pasticceria Vultaggio, a small pastry-shop just outside Trapani, you will find the biggest cannolis in the city, this it is the ideal place where to stock up!
If you crave for Italian treats but suffer from celiac disease, do not worry! You can still enjoy a Sicilian cannoli at the Efri Bar. To find gluten free products in Sicily can be a challenge, since here gluten plays an important part of the traditional cuisine, but the owner to this bar thought about it. A real Sicilian cannoli is one of the thing that must be tasted at least once in a life time!
Bar and diner, perfect for a break at any time of the day. Here the signature dish is arancine, the typical Sicilian fried croquettes filled with rice, meat and tomato sauce, but also various vegan dishes is served. Its wide menu makes Bar Incontro perfect for some aperitif with friends!
If you are looking for a good place where to take a break or cool down, you can count on the Lido La Playa. The bar right on the seaside offers amazing refreshing fruit salads composed by local products and nice aperitifs in the late afternoon. It also includes a restaurant and rental service for beach chairs and umbrellas.
This cosy bar is located on a side street by the main road of Trapani, surrounded by historical buildings. It can be described as an active and young place, frequented by local youngsters but also visitors. Il Cappellaio Matto offers street food of various kind, so it is perfect for breakfast, brunch and aperitif. After dinner it serves delicious cocktails, and often during weekends hosts events and live music.
On Favignana Island, right in front of the dock, a little and rustic bar will offer you a typical Sicilian coffee break, thanks to its "Caffè al pistacchio" (Pistachio nut coffee). It is a real specialty of this beautiful island, and it was Bar du Marinaru that made it so famous. So, if you are visiting Favignana or Trapani this tiny café can't be missed.
To try Sicilian pastry on Favignana Island the best place to head for is Pasticceria FC. This nice café and patisserie will delight you with all the sweet specialties of Sicilian cuisine: cassata (sponge cake), cassatelle (ricotta-filled turnovers), cannoli, cakes and plenty more. Lastly, for the party-goers hot brioches also available by night!
If you are looking for an abundant but not too expensive aperitif, breakfast or brunch, Bar Europa in San Vito Lo Capo is the right place for you. Besides being one of the few places, open also off-tourist season, this familiar bar offer rich meals and breaks without charging an arm and a leg for it.
This bar and restaurant in Marsala is well-known for its beautiful location, facing the saline as well as the traditional windmills. Here the aperitif at the sunset is a real sight. Daily fresh fish and specialties of the Sicilian cuisine are accompanied by the best local Marsala wine and other liqueurs of the region.
This lido is one of the biggest on Marsala's coast. Here, beside renting beach chairs and umbrellas, you can enjoy a relaxing breakfast or a simple ice-cream on the beach. Lido Tiburon is one of the historical lidos of Marsala, and it is easily recognisable thanks to its yellow and green beach umbrellas.
Located in the beautiful square of San Domenico, this pub is one of the most active in Trapani. You can be updated on all its events, concerts and theme nights on the Facebook page of the pub. Beside very professional bartenders, who will provide you delicious cocktails, Rakija has also a good selection of wines and beers.
Think loud music, a young party crowd and long sweaty dance nights in a stylish environment and you're there! The beach area and skybar Isla Blanca in Erice is open from the middle of May until the middle of September, it offers dance nights twice a week, but music and cocktails every night!
Lido Marausa is a beach resort located in Marsala. It is the perfect place where to spend a fun night out with your family. During summer, it is open everyday and host plenty of theme nights and events, such as the country and Latino night. Whereas during the rest of the year parties for festivities are set up, as on New Year's Eve and Halloween.
This club on the beach is one of the newest in Trapani's region. It is located on Marausa Beach, and it gains its momentum on Thursdays during summer season, when tourists and travellers join local youngsters in amazing aperitif and parties on the beach. The location is modern and the staff is professional, if you want to have great time during your holidays, then do not miss this club!
This club is located in Pizzolungo, 10 minutes by car from the very centre of Trapani. The building is right on the beach and easy to find. The atmosphere is vibrant but stylish; a place where to start an aperi-dinner and then continue partying with dj set that last all night long. L'Approdo club is the ideal place where to spend a fun and stylish Saturday night out.
Bar/club in the historical centre of Trapani. Start your evening with a late afternoon aperitif, and enjoy an entire night of good music, cocktails, beers and wines. Each night offers a different vibe since different DJs play here every night. But what never change is the inspiration to Frida Kahlo, that is so obviously shown on the bar name and its décor.
Timeless entertainment is waiting for you at the Retrò Lounge Bar, a place where the old days and modern times merge into each other creating a unique and vibrant atmosphere. During weekends live concerts and DJ set of various kind are organised, and the proficiency of expert bartenders will assure you a perfect party night.
Being the only club located in the Trapani city centre, Caloma Sea Club is a favourite place for all party-goers in town. During summer it is frequented mostly on Tuesday night, when aperi-dinners are organised, followed by DJ set and theme parties all night long. So if you cannot wait until the weekend, this is the place to start your week.
An alternative and cosy pub, where it is possible to enjoy every night a different kind of music or show. Bandini's dynamic cultural atmosphere makes it suitable for each kind of person. Perfect for a relaxing and amusing night with friends. Its strength: cocktails and lots and lots of good live music!
Located near to the harbour, I Corti is perfect from the aperitif time until late evening. After an aperi-dinner accompanied by local wines and beers, the romantic pub turns into a loud pub with live music and DJ set. If craving for something fresh, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails with lots of fresh fruit are served by the experienced bartenders.
In this pub located in the city centre you can find whatever you like to drink: beers, wines, cocktails and soft-drinks. Besides aperitif and appetizers, here you can also taste Ripa's crostoni, the perfect snack to accompany a refreshing beer. A place where to spend a quite evening among friends while listing to music.
Juparanà is one of the main bars in Marsala. Open all day long, here it is possible to enjoy every meal, from breakfast to dinner. But, in the evening it becomes a lounge bar with happy hours, serving bubbles, wines, spritz and mojitos. Enjoy a pleasant night while listening to live music or to DJ remix.
With its spectacular location with sea view, the elegant terrace at Tamburi Lontani is the ideal place where to have a romantic aperitif or dinner with your better half. But after 10pm it turns into the perfect pub where to spend a fun night listening good music and party with friends.
Situated in the very centre of Favignana - in the pedestrian area - Monique Bar is a modern pub run by a young and enterprising staff. From the extensive and creative drink menu, pick a yummy cocktail made with care and attention by the friendly staff. A popular place full of joy and life, where it is easy to mingle with locals while listening to some cool music.
A stone's throw from the Old Cathedral, in the lovely bustling street of Old town, you will find this wine bar with an amazing and varied list of wines and any kind of appetizers and dishes. If you are a wine lover, this is the place to head for and when here, have a chat with the owner who is so clearly passionate about Sicilian wine.
Stefania Mode is a luxury fashion brand entirely made in Trapani. It was born in 1971 in the headquarters of the city, and later it was capable to expand all over Sicily. Really appreciated by locals and foreigners, if you want to take with you a piece of Italian style, then this brand will perfectly fit you.
Even if you are not much of a seafood lover Trapani's fish market - Mercato del Pesce- is still worth a visit. Early in the mornings, local fishermen take their daily catch to sell it on the market. Each one of them shout creative jingle to convince customers to buy their merchandise. This is one of the best places to get a glimpse of everyday life in Trapani and should not be missed.
Max Mara is an Italian fashion house, a business well-known across the world. In many European big cities it is possible to find Max Mara shop and in Italy they are many and easy to find. It offers clothing collections, perfume, cosmetics and accessories. Italian style at reasonable price.
"Class is an innate quality, elegance accentuates it" The key words for Luisa Spagnoli's collections are "Elegant, unique, unforgettable". It is possible to find an entire outfit in her boutiques, as well as the accessories and the perfume to go with it. Designed by a career woman for career women.
Erice is famous for its traditional craftsmanship, moreover ceramics, and this tiny shop perfectly represents the skill and experience of Sicilian artists. Sicilian ceramics reflect the people of this amazing region: coloured, joyous and humorous. This shop presents such a range of crafts that you will surely find the perfect souvenir to remember your Sicilian holiday.
The weekly market in Trapani takes place on Thursday in Via Colombo. Here you will find whatever you need, from food to clothes, from souvenirs to useful tools for generally low prices. As in any other city of Italy, markets are the best places to find seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Pantelleria is part of the Aegadi archipelago. It is particularly well-known in Italy and in the rest of the world for its Passito di Pantelleria, a sweet-flavoured wine perfect to accompany desserts. To taste - or buy - all the best varieties of this and other specialties of the island, you cannot miss PassItaly: a fair entirely dedicated to the island’s local products. The fair is held once a year, normally during the first week of September, and lasts five days.
Trapani's region has another very typical product, which deserves to be mentioned: the frazzate canvas, or rather multi-coloured canvas and carpets hand-woven on specific looms. This timeless tradition landed in Sicily in former times. Pina Parisi's laboratory in Erice is one of the few places left that maintains this tradition alive.
The processing of coral has ancient roots in the Sicilian region. This boutique in the city centre offers all kinds of goods and crafts in coral: from little sculptures to splendid jewels. Prices are affordable for everyone, even so, the beauty of these pieces of art is unquestionable.
This shop is the ideal place for those who are looking for typical Sicilian foodie gifts including souvenirs. Located in the city centre, Sicilia Bedda offers a wide range of products like wines, pastas, sauces, olive oils, sweets, cheeses, salamis and pates. Also selling souvenirs like Sicilian books, ceramics, postcards, magnets, and much more.
Being in Italy, homeland of some of the most important fashion designers, a very chic stop cannot be missed. Those of you that are into fashion, and love timeless style, will be happy to know that in the centre of Trapani there is a Valentino boutique. How to say no to the king of Italian fashion?
Trapani’s airport - Aeroporto di Trapani-Birgi or Aeroporto di Vincenzo Florio - is located around 18km from Trapani city centre. Some of the airlines operating here are Ryanair, Alitalia and Meridiana. A.S.T. shuttles leave regularly from outside the terminal building with a journey time of 35 minute to Trapani centre. Tickets to and from the airport can be bought directly at the Airport Ticket Office or from the bus driver when boarding the bus. Taxis are also available just outside the terminal, opposite the main entrance. You will find some of the major national and international car rental companies at the Trapani airport such as AVIS, Hertz, Europacar, Sicily rent car and more. Head to ground floor of the terminal in the arrival hall for contract forms and key pick up and drop off.
There is a motorway from Trapani city to major destinations in Sicily such as Palermo, Catania and Messina, and a coastal road to Mazara del Vallo in the province. All the other roads are quite small and often pocked, hence care should be taken. Public transport is inexpensive and frequent. To travel by bus or train, it is necessary to purchase a ticket before travelling, then it must be stamped in the machine when boarding on the bus, or at the platform for trains. Tickets are only valid for a definite time after stamping, which is indicated on the ticket itself. You can buy tickets in the stations, newsagents and tobacconists. Hefty fines are imposed if travelling without a ticket.
In Trapani it is easy to find unregistered taxis, they are far less expensive but they are illegal, too. So, the use of official taxi companies is strongly recommended. In facilities and accommodations you will easily find the business cards of many companies. The phone number is also reported on taxis.
Country code: +39 Area code: 0923 (0 is included) Italian telephone rates tend to be among the highest in Europe—cheap rates are between 6.30pm and 8am weekdays and after 2pm on Saturday or all day on Sunday only. Booths in public places and phone cards are available from most newsagents or tobacco shops. Finding a free internet connection can be a challenge outdoor. Usually hotels and bars offer the service, and internet cafés are starting to spring up. There is provision for visitors to connect to the internet at the ferry terminal.