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How to Spend 1 Day in Trapani

How to Spend 1 Day in Trapani

The crescent-shaped old town of Trapani, on the coast of Sicily, was once a powerful Mediterranean trading port. Today, it is busy with ferries heading to and from the Aegadian Islands. Before striking out to sea or heading inland, explore the historic city center and the nearby salt pans. Here’s how to spend one day in Trapani.

Morning: The Historic Center

The Spanish occupation of Sicily began with Peter III of Aragon landing in Trapani in 1282, and the town’s historic center is a delightful time capsule of Catalan-Gothic and baroque churches and palaces dating from the harbour’s heyday. Join a walking or biking tour through the warren of small lanes to admire the cathedral and the church of Santa Maria del Gesù, the Senatorio and Riccio di Morana palaces, and the lovely Villa Margherita park. Gourmands can join a food tour that combines sightseeing with stops for street food and wine tastings.

Afternoon: The Trapani Salt Pans

In addition to being a trading port, Trapani was once also an important producer of tuna, coral, and sea salt. Today, the Trapani and Paceco Salt Pans Natural Reserve is one of the most unique destinations on Sicily’s western coast. Take a guided tour to learn about the fascinating history of traditional sea salt harvesting, snap photos of the historic windmills and a former salt mill that has been turned into a museum, and admire the dozens of waterfowl species, like flamingos, cranes, storks, and osprey, that use this 2,500-acre stretch of lowlands as a haven for nesting and migration.   

Night: Dinner and A Passeggiata

As the sun sets, the daytime ferry traffic slows, and the evening foot traffic picks up. Join the residents who head to the pedestrian-only Via Garibaldi for the traditionalpasseggiata (evening stroll), stopping for a Sicilian granita or a glass of wine from nearby Marsala. Choose an old-school trattoria for a leisurely dinner of fresh tuna and seafood as well as other local specialties like couscous, caponata, and pasta tossed withpesto trapanese.

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The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo

The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo

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Discover a number of western Sicily’s most popular destinations on this full-day tour from Palermo. Meet your guide at your accommodation, climb aboard a climate-controlled minivan, and head first to Segesta, where you’ll explore the ancient Greek amphitheater and temple (entry own expense). Then, discover the medieval town of Erice, enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch (own expense) in Saline, and finish with a walking tour of the elegant city of Trapani.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD297.40
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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Trapani - The Historical Tour

Trapani - The Historical Tour

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Famed for its ancient heritage, its wealth of striking architecture, and its coastal beauty, Trapani is one of Sicily’s most in-demand destinations. Get acquainted with the city and its key landmarks on an in-depth history tour. Pick between half-day and full-day itineraries, and meet your guide at your area hotel. Learn more about the city’s past; see its churches, monuments, and palaces; and enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch (additional expense on half-day itineraries).
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  • 3 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD77.48
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USD77.48

Bike Tour - Street Food: Culinary Delights Of Trapani

Bike Tour - Street Food: Culinary Delights Of Trapani

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Taste the sweet and salty flavors of gastronomy-filled Trapani on this specialty food tour—on two wheels. Hop a bicycle rental and hit the winding alleys in the historic center, stopping at three tasting stations along the way. Tours cover the fish market alongside the port, plus top historic sights, and include samples of authentic street eats, a glass of wine, and traditional candies.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD41.64
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