Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trapani, Sicily, Italy

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The gateway to sicily

Few reminders still exist of Trapani’s ancient history, but from Phoenician days it was a trading port, well positioned for commerce with Africa, Naples, and the western Mediterranean. The Middle Ages is the era most evident in its old town, now a pedestrian zone. Aging palaces, some imposing and others in various stages of decay, cluster along a peninsula stretching into the bay.

Worthy of note is the ominously named Chiesa del Purgatorio, home to wooden statues known as Misteri, that are paraded through the streets on Good Friday. Further out are saltpans, and plains punctuated by medieval windmills, home to some 170 species of birds.

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Basilica Dell’annunziata

Basilica Dell’annunziata

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Basilica Dell’annunziata

Basilica Dell’annunziata

The famous marble statue “Madonna di Trapani” calls this basilica home. Every year, in a long standing tradition, the venerated statue is carried through the town to receive the adoration of the townspeople.

There is also a museum on site featuring an interesting collection of historic and religious artifacts.

Muesi Di Preistoria E Del Mare

Muesi Di Preistoria E Del Mare

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Muesi Di Preistoria E Del Mare

Muesi Di Preistoria E Del Mare

The Prehistoric and Sea Museums are in the same location, featuring fascinating collections of artifacts and displaying the rich history of the area.

Erice & Trapani With Cannoli Tasting

Erice & Trapani With Cannoli Tasting

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Erice & Trapani With Cannoli Tasting

Erice & Trapani With Cannoli Tasting

The dramatically beautiful medieval hill town of Erice includes the important Castle of Venus and the Chiesa Madre church.

Explore the town and enjoy some famous Sicillian cannoli before a guided tour of Trapani, including the Chiesa del Purgatorio, the Church of Sant'Agostino, the Chiesa del Collegio, and the Cathedral.

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Trapani, Sicily, Italy At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 38°1'3.42"N 12°32'13.93"E
Size: 271.00 KM2 (104.63 MI2)
Population: 70,638
Density: 261 Pop/KM2 (101 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +39

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