Trapani info tourist

  Visiting the town of Trapani is like emerging yourself in the diverse historical eras. Every corner is characterised by monuments, churches and buildings which narrate the town’s history over the course of the various centuries. The pulsing heart of Trapani remains to be the port, situated in the historical centre. Over time, the port of Trapani has undergone several modifications, up until the present day with the ongoing works of repaving the quays and of overall adjustments. The end-point of the town is characterised by Torre di Ligny where the Prehistoric Museum is now located. You can reach the museum by walking down a narrow road surrounded on both sides by an intense, blue sea, often visited by numerous sun-bathers during the summer. Not far from here is the fishing port where fishing boats are renovated in a tradition that has been handed down over the centuries from father to son. In the fishing part of the port, one can admire the Villino Nasi, recently recovered for public use, together with the Lazzaretto where the local section of the Italian Lega Navale is now situated. Not far from here, in the middle of the sea, lies the Colombaia, one of the landmarks of the town.
Moving towards the town centre, one can admire the old palazzi (palaces), the monuments and the chiese (churches) from different eras.
A large part of the historical centre of Trapani is for the use of pedestrians only and the use of cars is strictly forbidden in many of the roads in this part of the town, which over time has assumed the character of a sort of a salotto (sitting room).
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the old Loggia (Lodge), Via Torrearsa, Via Garibaldi. Here there is a succession of historical palazzi and churches of notable artistic worth. The Palazzo Cavarretta, the Cathedral, Palazzo Riccio di Morana, Palazzo San Rocco, Palazzo Riccio di San Gioacchino, Palazzo Lucatelli, the Chiesa del Collegio (College Church).
Not far from here one finds the Chiesa del Purgatorio, where the sacred statues of the Misteri of Trapani are kept. From Via Garibaldi, going up a flight of steps on the left, one reaches the Chiesa di San Domenico with the attached convent. Piazza Sant’Agostino opens up onto Via Torrearsa, where one finds a church characterised by an impressive façade of a rose-window and the Fountain of Saturn.
Going on from here one reaches Piazza Scarlatti. Nearby one finds the old Chiesa di San Giacomo that houses the Fardelliana Library. Following Corso Italia one arrives at the Chiesa di San Pietro which treasures the precious organ built by Francesco La Grassa from Palermo. The Corso then leads into the so-called Ghetto, Via Della Giudecca and Via degli Ebrei, which was inhabited by the Jewish community until the XV century. The Northern part of the town is characterised by the Litoranea (seafront) with the picturesque Piazza del Mercato del Pesce (Fish Market Square).
The seafront road stretches along a few kilometres and runs alongside the old wall of the town. The border between the old town and the new one is characterised by Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. A short distance away, in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, one finds Palazzo d’Ali, where the Municipality Building is situated, and opposite there is the Post Office, which is built in an art nouveau style. Following this road one reaches the Villa Margherita, the “lung” or outdoor space of the town. It has giant ficus trees dating back to the ninth century.

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele is characterised by the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II designed by Giovanni Dupre’ (1882) and by a large basin built in 1890 at the centre of which sit the group of Tritone sculptures sculpted by the master Domenico Li Muli in 1950.
After Piazza Vittorio Emanuele one arrives at Via Giovan Battista Fardella, the main road of the town, full of shops and bars. From here one can reach the new part of the town. Corso Piersanti Mattarella, which leads up to the district of Erice, Via Conte Agostino Pepoli where the Basilica dell’Annunziata and the Regional Pepoli Museum/ Museo Regionale Pepoli are located.
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Fontana del Tritone

Fontana di Saturno
Piazza Garibaldi e Palazzo del Grand Hotel
Piazza Mercato del Pesce
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele "Monumento"