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Trapani & Aegadian Islands

Getting there

By car

Trapani is connected to Palermo by the A29 and by the SS115 to Mazara del Vallo and Marsala.

By plane

Trapani-Birgi International Airport (TPS) offers low-cost flights to various Italian and European cities with Ryanair. Alternatively, Palermo’s “Falcone Borsellino” Airport (PMO) is around 1.5 hours from Trapani and offers direct flights to all the main Italian airports, as well as low-cost flights to a number of European cities.

Getting around

On foot

Trapani’s historic centre is small, making it easy to explore on foot.

By bus

Atm Trapani operates thirteen urban lines connecting the various places of interest, while Tarantola Bus operates a service to Favignana.

By car

It can be a good idea to hire a car if you want to explore the province independently and visit places such as Mazara del Vallo, Castellammare del Golfo, Marsala and Campobello di Mazara.

By coach

AST operates a coach service linking Trapani with Erice and Marsala. Autoservizi Tarantola runs services to Segesta.

When to go

Spring/autumn

Bright, vibrant colours and ideal temperatures for exploring the cities. These are also the best times of year for birdwatchers to spot migrating birds. What’s more, the beaches aren’t too busy, allowing you to relax and unwind.

Summer

What better way to combat the heat than to dive into the blue waters of Cala Rossa! Favignana and San Vito have won numerous awards for their crystalline clean sea. It would be a real shame not to enjoy everything they have to offer.

What to bring

Trapani is one of the Italian provinces with the least difference in temperature all year round.
It never gets very cold here and the hot summers are always fanned by a pleasant breeze. We therefore recommend packing layers, with a warm jumper if you want to visit Erice, which is always a few degrees cooler than the other locations. You will definitely need shoes suitable for walking over the rocks if you’re planning to visit the Aegadian Islands, where they will come in handy if you want to swim in the scenic little coves.

Budget

Accommodation

€50‒120 per night at a B&B or hotel in Trapani. For Erice and the Aegadian Islands you will need to book well in advance in order to find a space and the prices are significantly higher.

Eating out

You should expect to pay €25 for an evening meal. This will rise to €40‒60 per head for a gourmet meal.

Getting around

In Trapani a single bus ticket costs €1.20. A day ticket costs €3. A one-way hydrofoil ticket from Trapani to Favignana costs €12. If you want to take your car on the ferry, the price is €37 plus €10 per passenger. A return ticket for the cableway up to the summit of Erice costs €9.

Local Cuisine

Busiate with Trapani-style pesto: the wonderful aroma of basil, tomato and almonds! Busiate are a traditional type of fresh pasta from the area. This mouth-watering combination takes us back to when ships from Genoa visited the port of Trapani on their return from the Orient.

Couscous with fish: Trapani’s historic and social links with Tunisia and Libya account for the inclusion of this special dish in the local cuisine. The island variant obviously contains fish. Scorpionfish, grouper, prawns, langoustines and Joh Dory feature in a delectable broth.

Fun facts

How was the city of Trapani founded? The city stands on a strip of land in the shape of a scythe, giving rise to two different legends: this tool could have been dropped by Demeter as she searched for her daughter Persephone who had been abducted by Hades or lost by Cronus during his battle against Uranus.

Did you know that Italy’s finest sea salt is extracted here? It has more flavour than most salt, so it is used more sparingly. This makes it perfect for low-sodium diets. You can also purchase local salt flavoured with citrus, juniper or sage, which makes a wonderful and very beneficial gift.

Trapani’s brioches don’t have the typical “bun” shape on the top, but are excellent with mulberry granita.

the 10 reasons to visit Trapani & Aegadian Islands

Il tempio di Segesta
1

Discover the age-old history of Segesta and Selinunte

Tra mare e natura nella Riserva dello Zingaro
2

Immerse yourself in the heavenly Riserva dello Zingaro nature reserve

L'arte a Gibellina
3

Stroll among the artworks in Gibellina

La bellezza delle saline di Paceco
4

Watch the sunset from the salt flats in Trapani and Paceco

La famosa Tonnara di Scopello
5

Swim among the stacks in Scopello

Le mille sfumature di blu di Favignana
6

Dive into the sparkling waters of the Aegadian Islands

Ammirare i monumenti di Marsala
7

Enjoy a glass of Marsala in its birthplace

Shopping a Erice
8

Buy pottery in Erice

Kite surf nel mare di Mozia
9

Go kitesurfing on the island of Mozia

Night life in provincia di Trapani
10

Have fun all night: the hottest clubs are in Lido Valderice, San Vito Lo Capo and Marsala

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