no tourist crowds, real local Italy, cheap prices, friendly people, landscape (sea and mountains)
not very lively on winter
a little town you might fall in love with
Favignana is a butterfly-shaped island located within one-hour boat ride from Trapani. Its a small island with a nice old town. There are interesting diving spots and beautiful beaches. One can relax and enjoy the rural farming areas and natural Sicilian life style.more
The twilight hour of the Trapani Old Town is wonderful. Go to the beach side and walk along the narrow streets which run along the Old Town and the beach. It was in the middle of November and the temperature was 25-26 degrees by C, yet the beach was quiet without many people. Perhaps some tourists underestimated the warm weather in Trapani. It...more
Levanzo island is peaceful and beautiful. It's the smallest island (5.82 square K) of the Aegadian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The ferry trip is about 50-60 minutes. Off board, the first thing one is struck is the crystal clear green and blue sea and the picturesque village. It takes one hour or so to see the main attraction spots.more
An assortment of staff that covers many needs related to everyday life and not only small hardware, stationery, household items, toys, cosmetics, beauty products, food, gifts .... pretty much everything, or almost. Latitudine : 38° 1' 8.25" N Longitudine : 12° 31' 7.21" Emore
The salt flats is where the salt production occurs; extraction of salt from the sea water using the evaporation process has been going on here near Trapani for thousands of years.The way it works is the shallow flat “pans” in the earth are filled with salt water in February and March each year. The water flows in from the sea through canals and is...more
In nearby Nubia located on the coast and just south of Trapani is the Museo del Sale, a museum situated in the heart of the salt pans nature preserve and dedicated to explaining the process of salt extraction. The museum was not easy to find but there were signs that got us there. If we hadn’t known that it was in Nubia, a very tiny village, we...more
The idea of going to Erice intrigued us – it is situated high up on Monte San Giuliano some 721 meters (2,365 feet) high. It is a walled medieval city with a Norman castle. Beyond that, we didn’t know much more and were interested in visiting and learning about this town. We left Trapani, where we could see Monte San Giuliano hovering above us, and...more
The hydrofoil trip to Favignana is well worth the effort. We'd expected to be the only travellers out of season, so imagine our surprise when the boat was full of locals on Sunday morning, we reckon they were visiting family, judging by all the bakery goods they took along. The ride is a bit bumpy so doubtful tummy travellers need to sit towards...more
Erice sits on the legendary Mount Eryx at an altitude of 750 meters. The appearance of this village is puritanical since it comprises only of forts and churches and has the notorious history as the centre for the cult of Venus. Settled by the mysterious Elymians, Erice amid its fertile fields was an obvious abode to the goddess of love, and the...more
We spent a long weekend at this hotel in February/March and found the staff to be very helpful....more
We spent 5 nights in this B&B, we had a very good and big room, with a small balcony over the...more
ABITA APARTAMENTS: old rooms. WITHOUT WATER (only the first day we had water)!!! ... after the whole...more
Its a simple but nice restaurants with friendly and helpful servers. Its only a few minute's walk facing the hill side of Levanzo village (turn left form the port) Its simple (salt only) fish restaurant. People are friendly and interesting-they are relaxed and spending time with friends when possible.more
This restaurant has a good location for tourists, because it's very close to the harbour and few hundred meters away from the city centre.Though it's not the most elegant restaurant we've ever visited, we've always had good food experiences. They serve local food and fresh fish. If you come to Trapani in June, don't miss the tuna steak, a real...more
Originally we were supposed to go to some other pizza place that supposedly served the best pizza, but it was closed so we randomly found this place. The next day we went to the first pizza place, and decided that the place we found had ultimately the BEST pizza ever.. .plastic tablecloths, bright lighting, looks like about 30 guys working in the...more
It's amazing how many of Trapani's best restaurants are disguised by unpretentious facades on the historical district’s side streets. This one, with its arched ceilings of stone, is hidden down a flight of steps behind the harbor (Siremar point).The cuisine based on traditional Sicilian recipes is very refined, creative, even aristocratic. Chef...more
This is the restaurant of the B&B where we stayed, where we had a 15% discount being guest of the B&B. You're sitting at a table in the beautiful Corso Vittorio Emanuele, and very often you have live music. The food is very good, especially the fish, spending about 20 euro for each coursemore
The food was good and the waiters were funny and kind, but after all I wouldn't suggest this place for a dinner becuase in my opinion it's quite expensive. The most expensive dish costed 20 euro and actually I think it's really too much.We hadn't a small dinner, actually, with two courses each one and wine but we spent 40 euros per person! Pasta...more
It's a small restaurant in a hidden street that leads from the seaside (the Harbour side) to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, we found it by chance because it was close to the B&B where we stayed and we decided to enter. We had a wonderful fish Cous Cous and some pasta with fish.For 2 fist courses, wine, desserts and coffee we payed 45 euros. The fish...more
From the Airport is about every hour a bus (A.S.T.) to Trapani, €4,90.Salemi has a bus to Masala.Terravision (run by Salemi) to Palermo €13 and Trapani € 8, driver want´s to see somtimes your Ryanair ticket!Terravision to Trapani and Palermo.Taxi about € 32 to the train / bus station.more
If you ever go to San Vito keep very well in mind, as it is a very touristic place, at least among us locals and other italians, that in town is pratically impossible to park your car unless you show a ticket that proves you are a resident. so get organized well, easier if with scooters....more
If you care about your neckbone, women don't even think to wear fancy sexy high heeled shoes, these streets can look beautiful but don't get on very well with this kind of shoes....so comfy shoes are a must. if you dont want to go back to Trapani tumbling on yourself :)PS: minskirts are welcome of course! :Dmore
If you are not the person that knows a lot of languages (not perfect but..), you will find the problem comunicating.. Italians hardly speak other language apart from their mother language.. Is best you learn some important words (re directions, food etc..)
Unique Suggestions: Some words:
where is.... - Dov'e..? ( doaVAI)
how much.. - Quant'e? (kwahnTAI)
i dont understand - Non capisco ( non kahPEEskoa)
More you can find in most books for tourist.
Fun Alternatives: No alternatives... you have to know some Italian if you dont want to try 'funy' food , to get lost ect..
Egadi islands are a set of three little island situated on the very west coast of Trapani, they are part of a maritime natural reserve.Favignana: Located about 17 kilometers southwest of Trapani, this is the largest of the Egadi, or Egidean, Islands. Still known for their tuna (tunny) fishing, these islands are now famous as beach resorts....more
San Vito Lo Capo is an amusing coastal little town, just 28 km. off to Trapani, with a great beach!Extending below Mount Cofano, a high pointed limestone cliff visible from a distance, San Vito is near the Zingaro Nature Reserve and the hamlet of Scopello, where some scenes of the movie Ocean's Twelve were filmed in 2004. San Vito is known for its...more
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).
Fondest memory: 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.