Wedged between the sea and Mount Erice, the ancient city of Drepana grew from its port, first as a Sicani village, then as a small, fortified city founded by the Phoenicians. Situated along the northwest coast of Sicily, Trapani lies opposite the Egadi Islands on a peninsula in the form of a sickle jutting out into the sea. Over the centuries it has endured many different dominations, from the Carthaginians to the Romans, from the Arabs to the Normans, and from the Swabians to the Angevins and the Spaniards. Rich in history, culture and monuments, Trapani offers a great variety of itineraries and breathtaking views, starting with those over the saltpans at sunset. The enchanting historic centre is definitely worth a visit, and from there you can easily reach the beautiful beach overlooked by the Walls of Tramontana. These walls, together with the bulwarks of Conca, St. Anna and The Impossible, are all that is left of the ancient city fortifications. The Tower of Ligny, home to the ancient history and sea Museum, is located at the far western end of the city. Amongst the monuments that must be seen, are the many churches such as the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, the Churches of the College and of St. Peter, and the basilica of Our Lady of the Annunciation. Meanwhile, the regional museum “Agostino Pepoli” is in the ex-monastery of the Sanctuary. The journey through the treasures of the city, such as its coral, sacred images and historic buildings, also passes through the Church of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, where the floats from the Procession of the Mysteries are kept. The port of Trapani, which is dominated by the ancient Colombaia castle, has easy access to the Egadi Islands and has lately enjoyed a real boom in cruise ships, becoming a boardng point for many big companies.
Local government offices: 1, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 91100 Trapani (TP)
Telephone switchboard: 0923 590111
Local police: tel. 0923 590120 - 190 - 0923 21811 - 0923 593859