Trapani Cruise Port is located on the western coast of Sicily. The island is not well-known as a tourist destination but this is a stop worth exploring during the holidays. Trapani has a very long history going back to the Punic wars. It is both a fishing and ferry port; the Trapani cruise termainal acts as a base for journeys out to smaller islands such as Pantelleria, to the Italian mainland and toTunisia. It has a Mediterranean climate which means dry, hot summers and winters with moderate amounts of rain. Passengers can walk or rent a taxi for transportation to different attractions on the island. There is also a railway that connects Trapani with the regional capital Palermo and with Marsala in the south of Sicily. Bus services also offers transportation between Trapani and Palermo as well as links with Erice, Agrgento and two other towns.
If you are into leatherwork and pottery, Trapani is the best place for you. These are the common local goods. You can also find a shop for books focused exclusively on Sicily; it is Libreria del Corso. Boutique-style shops are located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Palazzo Senatorio while the souvenirs related to tuna are sold in Egadian Islands. Jewely designs in addition to antique work are locally made in Cinzia Gucciardo . Giolleria Enzo Catania is an exclusive shop for designer jewelry, icons and clocks.Colorful rugs are made by women in the area and are found at Erice. You will enjoy shopping in these areas and your bags will be full of souvenir items including crafts, shirts, art work, leather goods, trinkets and more.
Things to Do
Count Agostino Pepoli is worth a visit to understand Sicily's history and culture. It has an impressive collection of exhibits depicting the area’s pre-history. Be sure to take pictures of the myriad of churches in Trapani. The Maria Santissima Annunziata Basilica was originally constructed in the fourteenth century and has a baroque architectural style. It features The Annunciation by Anthony van Dyck. A visit to Palazzo Cavaretta is worthwhile. It has a very impressive town hall built with an eye-catching fountain called Triton’s Fountain.
If you want to see a view of the ruins of a Greek Town, visit Segesta. The main highlight is the Doric temple. Mt. Eryx now known as Monte San Giuliano was a site for Pagan worship during the Greek and Roman times. Another place to visit is the top of the mountain called Erice; it can be reached via cable car which runs from Trapani. There are castles of interest too. These are the Saracen and Norman castles. And, if you are a wine lover, you may want to visit Marsala.
Ericee is a walled town of historical interest as is Selinute (an ancient Greek site); both are nearby Trapani.
Restaurants and Bars
The best pizza is found in Calvino, prepared in a traditional Sicilian style. If you would like to enjoy some fish dishes, fish couscous and pasta, then La Bettolaccia is highly recommended. Traditional-style meals that allow sampling are found in Trattoria del Corso and Catina. Colicchia is a café-style restaurant with a nice variety of drinks to offer while Osteria di Venere is a quiet tavern in Erice. Another recommended restaurant is the Ai Lumi. Enjoy Sicilian dishes as you take a stroll along the tourist attractions. Your cruise visit to Trapani will treat your stomach and your eyes.