San Vito Lo Capo Vacation
San Vito Lo Capo Vacation

Trapani: a short walk from San Vito Lo Capo

A place full of charm and mystery like no other, Trapani and its province represent that part of Sicily that, more than any other, is able to passion and excite with its intense colors, its scents, its echoes of myths and legends.
Myths and Legends

Mythology wants a sickle fallen to Ceres or Saturn, the traditional patron saint of the city, when it fell into the sea, it turned into a tongue of arched land on which the city rises, for that form called Drepanon ("Sickle" in ancient greek). Visiting the city of Trapani is like diving into different historical epochs. Monuments, churches, ancient palaces, tell about centuries of city life.

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Monuments, Churches and ancient Palaces for the streets of Trapani

The heart of the city of Trapani continues to be represented by the port, in the historical center which over time has undergone works of refurbishing the docks and adaptation. The extreme tip of the city is characterized by the Tower of Ligny, home of the Museum of Prehistory. To reach it you will walk a narrow street immersed in the sea from both sides. Not far away there is the fishing port where fishermen, a craft that is still handed over from father to son, anchor their boats. In the area of ​​the fishing harbor you can admire the Villino Nasi and the former Lazzaretto, now the head office of the Italian Naval League. A little further away we find Colombaia, one of the symbols of the city of Trapani. Much of the old town of Trapani is located in a pedestrian area stretching for Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient "Loggia", via Torrearsa, Via Garibaldi. Here it is a succession of historic buildings and churches of great artistic value: the Palazzo Cavarretta, the Cathedral, Palazzo Riccio di Morana, Palazzo San Rocco, Palazzo Riccio of San Gioacchino, Palazzo Lucatelli, the Church of the College. Not far away is the Church of Purgatory, where the sacred Groups of the Mysteries of Trapani are kept. From Via Garibaldi, through a staircase to the left you reach the Church of San Domenico and the respective convent. Along the Torrearsa Street opens Piazza Sant'Agostino with the Church characterized by a facade embellished by a rose window and the Saturn Fountain. Continuing, you reach Piazza Scarlatti, near which is the former church of San Giacomo, the current headquarters of the Fardelliana Library. Going along Corso Italia, you arrive at the Church of San Pietro, which houses the precious organ of Palermo's Francis La Grassa and enters the so-called Ghetto, via Giudecca and Via degli Ebrei, until the fifteenth century inhabited by the Jewish community. The northern part of the city is characterized by the Coastal Sea with the characteristic Fish Market Square. The Seaside stretches for a few kilometers and is surrounded by the ruins of the ancient city walls. The border between the old city and the new city is given by Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Not far away, in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, is Palazzo d'Alì, home to the Town Hall and, in front of it, the Palazzo delle Poste, a liberty style. Continuing you reach Villa Margherita, the green lung of the city, with gigantic ficus dating back to the nineteenth century. Piazza Vittorio Emanuele is characterized by the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, by Giovanni Duprè (1882) and by a large basin built in 1890 with the center of the sculptural group of Tritone made in 1950 by master Domenico Li Muli. Passing through Piazza Vittorio Emanuele you reach Via Giovan Battista Fardella, the main street of the city, full of shops and bars. From here you can reach the new part of the city, Corso Piersanti Mattarella, which leads to the territory of the Municipality of Erice, via Conte Agostino Pepoli, where the Basilica of the Annunziata and the Regional Museum Pepoli are built.