Trapani- art treasures
The characteristic sickle shaped region enchants with its antique- baroque architecture in white stone. The city opens to the sea and is worldwide famous for its admirable processing of corals.
Under the kingdom of the Arabs the city gained great wealth especially thanks to the lucrative production of salt, to the fishing and to the corals. In the 16th century the coastal city was worldwide famous for the fishing and processing of the unique corals. The real works of art can be admired at the Museum Pepoli. The National Museum is accommodated in the ancient convent, the Convent dell’Annuziata. It houses one of the most important art collections. The art gallery shows at the first floor famous paintings, as well as masterpieces made of corals: sacred and profane objects, frames and cribs.
The main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in the historic town center is lined with beautiful Palazzi and churches in the distinctive Italian baroque style. The old Jewish quarter with its famous Palazzo della Giudecca from the 16th century has been built in typical Spanish Plateresque. The architecturally impressive Palazzo is particularly illustrious for its tower and its battlements. Not far away from it, in the modern district, the pilgrimage church of the Annunziata puts his visitors under its spell. The church was built in the 14th century and still glitters in its full glory. Its inside incorporates three chapels, while the magnificent Madonna chapel the most famous one. The highly admired marble statue of the Madonna of Trapani was made in the 1350 by Nino Pisano and his school; it is a true masterpiece of Italian sculptures.