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Trapani is popular with visitors thanks to its baroque architecture, delicious food, cultural attractions and festivals, and proximity to the best beaches in West Sicily. Rent a car in Trapani and you'll find the city is a great base for exploring natural reserves, ancient ruins, and nearby islands. Do your research before you go for the best offers, and grab a local map to find the best places to eat, local specialities to try, and souvenirs to bring home.

It's your choice: Where to go in Trapani

Don't miss visiting the salt flats and museum near Trapani to learn about the city's history and do some birdwatching. You can also view exhibits on Trapani's coral industry at the Agostino Pepoli Museum, visit the natural history museum at the Torre di Ligny, or take a longer drive to Syracuse for some puppet theatre, something Sicily is famous for. While you stay in Trapani, explore the local restaurants and markets to sample the variety of fresh seafood and pastries, and don't forget to snap some photos of the baroque architecture, such as the Palazzo Senatorio. For sunbathing, head to San Vito le Capo Beach or Santa Margherita Bay, or take a ferry ride to Favignana or Levanzo for snorkelling. Rent a car in Trapani, and you'll also be able to visit the Zingaro Natural Reserve in Northwest Sicily.

What to do in Trapani

Take some time to explore the striking cultural and religious attractions of Trapani's Old Town, such as Trapani Cathedral and the Church of Purgatory. For some salty sea air, go for an evening stroll along Bastione Conca Trapani, and catch sunset views. There's also a lively harbour and regular fish market on the seafront, which is great to visit during local celebrations such as the Feast of St Albert, Trapani's patron saint, and Easter processions. Trapani is a great base for exploring all the beautiful island of Sicily has to offer, and if you rent a car in Trapani, day trip options are plentiful. Visit Italy's largest opera house in the Sicilian capital, Palermo; explore the UNESCO-listed city of Syracuse; or hike up Mount Etna. Finally, if you want to cool off from the heat, visit the family-friendly water park in Monreale.

Important info about Trapani

Trapani is a harbour city with a busy ferry port transporting visitors to various destinations, including Pantelleria and the Egadi Islands. The city's Old Town, filled with 17th- and 18th-century Spanish baroque architecture, is a popular place to explore for locals and visitors. Given the city's maritime setting and warm climate, restaurants have access to plenty of seafood and fresh vegetables. The area's small beaches boast tempting shallow waters – some of the best beaches are just a ferry ride away to the nearby islands. You can also rent a car in Trapani and head 10 miles south, between Trapani and Masala, where you'll find some great beach clubs. Food options are plentiful and include street food and sit-down meals spanning a variety of cuisines. Sample Sicilian specialities as entrees or dessert, all washed down with some local wine.

Weather in Trapani
Country Italy
Language Italian
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Central European Time
Country Code +39

Good to know

To rent a car in Trapani, you'll need to be at least 21 years old, although some companies' age requirement is over 23 or 25. When you sign a rental agreement, you may have to pay a young driver premium, and should also make sure you have relevant insurance coverage. EU citizens can use their standard driving licence, while non-EU residents will need an international driver's permit. Be aware that the blood-alcohol limit for drivers in Sicily is 50mg/100ml. Trapani's airport, Vincenzo Florio, serves international and domestic flights, and if you hire a car there, you'll be just 16km from the city centre. Sicily is easy to get around – just keep in mind that drivers stick to the right side of the road, and make sure you're aware of the general road rules before you rent a car.

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What to taste in Trapani

Trapani's gastronomy centres around the culture and customs of Sicily's occupiers over the generations. Dishes featuring couscous, brought to Sicily by the Arabs, are popular, along with fresh fish dishes, such as grilled fish or lobster spaghetti. Trapani is also famous for its tuna cull, so make sure to look for the fish on menus in season. Also, Sicily is a great place if you have a sweet tooth – bite into cannolis with ricotta cheese and mustazzoli, spiced biscuits. Pair your meal with one of the many wines sourced locally, from Alcamo to Marsala to Pantelleria. Other dishes to look out for include cabbucio Trapani, a sandwich made from pizza dough; arancini, stuffed rice balls; and caponata, an eggplant-based dish with capers and vinegar. For the ultimate food experience, visit during the Stragusto International Street Food Festival in July.

What to bring your friends from Trapani

Spend some time exploring Trapani's small specialist shops for local crafts, ceramics, and leather goods. You'll also find various local souvenirs for reasonable prices at the Old Town's outdoor markets. For clothing, head to the designer boutiques on Via Garibaldi or Via Torrearsa, which is also a great stop for foodie gifts, Sicilian books, and postcards. Sicily has a major coral industry, so make sure to look for gifts and crafts using this unique marine material. By renting a car in Trapani, you can also easily reach surrounding towns and villages to explore their shops. Take the short 1.8-mile upward journey to Erice for traditional Sicilian souvenirs, or out to the salt flats to pick up some jars of this local commodity. Limoncello, a lemon liqueur produced in Sicily, also makes a nice gift.