With three days in Trapani, you’ll have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere of this port town’s historic center and take day trips to admire Sicily’s ancient temples, hilltowns, and wine country. End your stay with a jaunt to the nearby Aegadian Islands. Here are the best options to fill three days in Trapani.
Day 1: Trapani
The maze of lanes in Trapani’s compact historic center still shows signs of the area’s long Spanish occupation, including Catalan-Gothic and baroque churches and palaces. Admire this unique architecture on a morning walking or biking tour, stopping by the cathedral, the church of Santa Maria del Gesù, the Senatorio and Riccio di Morana palaces, and Villa Margherita park. Foodies can opt for a tour that pairs sightseeing with tastings of street food and Sicilian wines. In the afternoon, tour the Trapani and Paceco Salt Pans Natural Reserve, the historic salt flats that were once the center of the city’s sea salt industry. Learn how sea salt was harvested, visit the historic windmills and a salt mill-turned-museum, and admire the dozens of species of waterfowl that nest here. End your day with a stroll along Via Garibaldi in central Trapani and a Sicilian granita or a local glass of wine.
Day 2: The Highlights of Western Sicily
Trapani is the perfect launching pad for exploring some of the top attractions of western Sicily. Begin by taking in the spectacular ancient Greek temple and other ruins from the island’s Hellenic occupation with a tour of the Segesta Archaeological Park just east of the city. On your way back, stop by the delightful hilltown of Erice, considered one of the most scenic in Sicily. Take in the views of the coastline and of the Aegadian Islands, and pause at one of the restaurants or cafés to sample authentic Sicilian cuisine. End the day with a wine tour through Marsala, situated just down the coastline. Sample the area’s famous fortified wine and other Sicilian wines, such as Nero d'Avola, Cataratto, and Grillo.
Day 3: A Jaunt to the Aegadian Islands
The port of Trapani is a bustling hub for boats and ferries heading to and from the Aegadian Islands just off the coast of Sicily. Spend your third day island-hopping with a mini cruise or a boat excursion to Favignana, famous for its beaches and waterfalls, and Levanzo, known for its striking blue water. Learn about the historic battle between the Romans and Carthaginians that took place around these islands, and enjoy free time to explore on land independently, breaks to swim and snorkel in the crystalline waves, and lunch on board. Most full-day excursions return to shore in the late afternoon, leaving you plenty of time on your last evening for a final evening stroll and dinner in Trapani.