Trapani is connected to Palermo by the A29 and by the SS115 to Mazara del Vallo and Marsala.
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.
Trapani’s historic centre is small, making it easy to explore on foot.
Atm Trapani operates thirteen urban lines connecting the various places of interest, while Tarantola Bus operates a service to Favignana.
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.
AST operates a coach service linking Trapani with Erice and Marsala. Autoservizi Tarantola runs services to Segesta.
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.
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.
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.
€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.
You should expect to pay €25 for an evening meal. This will rise to €40‒60 per head for a gourmet meal.
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.
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.
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.
Discover the age-old history of Segesta and Selinunte
Immerse yourself in the heavenly Riserva dello Zingaro nature reserve
Stroll among the artworks in Gibellina
Watch the sunset from the salt flats in Trapani and Paceco
Swim among the stacks in Scopello
Dive into the sparkling waters of the Aegadian Islands
Enjoy a glass of Marsala in its birthplace
Buy pottery in Erice
Go kitesurfing on the island of Mozia
Have fun all night: the hottest clubs are in Lido Valderice, San Vito Lo Capo and Marsala