the good trapani
The city is renowned for its Easter procession, I Misteri, when the town's guilds parade a groups of sculpted 17th century and 18th century religious statues through the streets in a procession lasting for 16 hours on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The 2007 is an year of big/little novelties in the Holy Week of Trapani. To begin with, the Corporation Union, the Holy See, and the Public Administration are again working together to give a new and deeper religious, social and cultural meaning to the Mysteries Procession. This year, as usual, we will try to tell about this novelties in this third edition of our publication. Another novelty is, indeed, in our publication that changed his name and content. After 2005 and 2006 Mysteries Procession Guide publications (in Italian language only), the 2007 edition introduces itself to the growing (in interests and in numbers) public as “PROCESSIONE DEI MISTERI.IT”.
In this new era of multimedia, we decided to extend our editorial efforts of producing maps, postcards and booklets for the multi-secular Mysteries Procession of Trapani and Erice to the entire World Wide Web. But we do not intend to limit our audience to people from Trapani or emigrated Sicilians only talking Italian or Sicilian languages. For this reason, this year, both the paper guide and the internet site are available in two languages: Italian and, most important novelty, in English. We really wish that this could be the very first step toward the direction of making the Holy Week of Trapani more known and appreciated in all the world.
This year, as usual, we also gave voice to the Holy Week in Trapani with interviews to the very protagonists of the procession organization. If you enter the site www.processionedeimisteri.it you can listen to these interviews (in italian). From 28 September to 9 October 2005 Trapani was the location of Acts 8 and 9 of the Louis Vuitton Cup. This sailing race featured, among other entrants, all the boats that took part in the 2007 America's Cup.
Much of Trapani's economy still depends on the sea. Fishing and canning are an important local industries, with fishermen using the mattanza technique to catch tuna. Coral is also an important export, along with salt, marble and marsala wine. The nearby coast is lined with numerous salt-pans.
The city is also an important ferry port, with links to the Egadi Islands, Pantelleria, Sardinia and Tunisia.