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Also known as the City of Salt and Sail, due to its major fishing industry and the various salt pans that surround it, Trapani's tourism industry is experiencing continual growth thanks to its considerable artistic heritage and wonderful seaside destinations.
WHITE AS SALT, BLUE AS THE SEA
Trapani is almost entirely surrounded by the sea and is proud to represent Sicily's idyllic coast, amazing beaches with the finest white sand that contrasts with the blue of the sea.
San Giuliano beach is the largest and stretches for over a mile, followed by a series of enchanting bays through Lido Valderice, Pizzolungo and Bonaggia, as far as the Cornino Gulf and the Monte Cofano Nature Reserve.
At the far end of the city is Torre Ligny beach, which juts out between the tower itself and San Liberale church. A short distance from Trapani is San Teodoro beach, which is fun to visit at low tide when you can reach its tiny islands on foot.
The city boasts many other famous locations, just think of Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, Scopello, the Zingaro Reserve and, perhaps the best known, San Vito lo Capo, the hamlets around which are also worth a visit.
If you prefer places that are a little more peaceful, take a trip to the wonderful Pantelleria and the Egadi islands, where you can enjoy clear, pure water and countryside where the colors of nature blend together to create enchanting landscapes.
A SEA OF HISTORY
As you wander around the center you will notice how many different styles of church there are in Trapani. The city's main monument must be the Annunziata complex in Via Pepoli, behind which stands the Chapel of the Madonna of Trapani, the patron saint of the city. In the same area you will find the Pepoli Museum, in a former convent, housing collections of paintings, sculptures and works made from coral, majolica, gold and silver.
As you continue your tour you will find many other religious buildings like the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin church, the Church of Purgatory and the Badia Nuova, as well as large palazzi like Palazzo Milo, Palazzo Sanseverino and Palazzo Senatorio, with two large clocks on its facade.
Take a look at the Giudecca, the Jewish quarter, with its distinctive narrow streets, and treat yourself to a little retail therapy in Via Fardella, which runs almost the length of the city and Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main streets of Trapani, which are very lively in the evening with many places to eat and enjoy aperitifs.
Don't miss the Trapani and Paceco Salt Works Nature Reserve, protected by the WWF, where there are many salt pans creating a truly unique setting at certain times of the day.
TRAVEL WITH TASTE
As well as the many typical regional dishes of Sicily, here you can try many variants of couscous, inherited from Arab cuisine, and pasta cu l'agghia, Trapani-style pesto prepared with tomato, basil, garlic, oil and almonds. You should also try tonno ca cipuddata (tuna with onions), in a sweet and sour sauce, washing down every meal with one of the excellent local DOC wines such as Alcamo, Erice, Salaparuta and the famous Marsala.
Gather your suitcase, camera and a ticket for an Alitalia flight and make your way to this amazing destination.