Trapani- Key to the sea
As one of the oldest provincial capitals Trapani is like a kaleidoscope. The city reflects in a colorful mixture the traditions and customs of the Arabs, Greeks, Normans, Romans and Spaniards. During a walk through the streets of the old town you will discover the indestructible signs of their urban, architectural and monumental traces.
The Greek roots on the island are also reflected in the names of the provincial capitals. The name of Trapani is therefore derived from the Greek and means Drepanon, the grain diameter. In the 10th century BC the Phoenicians founded the oldest city of the island. In the following centuries it was ceded to the Greeks- nowadays many temples and theaters from the Greek settlement still enchant its visitors. On the extreme point of the region rises an impressive tower, the watchtower Ligny. The former control tower now houses the prehistoric museum with all its treasures.
Key to the island is the sea. Even today, the seaside coastal town is famous for its excellent fish dishes. Thanks to the fishery, Trapani has grown to a magnificent important Sicilian town. Young artists have discovered the tradition of coral handwork, and accentuated it with new wonderful creative briskness.
Trapani is a fascinating Sicilian area: beautiful coastlines, steep cliffs with beautiful beaches and bays, cultural treasures and small villages, where traditions are still alive. The Gulf of Castellammare, with its numerous cliffs and rock pillars and the seemingly endless beaches are among the most beautiful natural landscapes of Trapani. Little hidden coves are easily accessible and offer fresh cooling on hot summer days.