Visiting Sicily – the town of Trapani and the island of Favignana

Trapani centro by night, ©Giovanni-Bianco/Flickr

Trapani centro by night, ©Giovanni-Bianco/Flickr

When you visit the most charming region of Italy, namely Sicily, you simply must not miss out on going for a trip and see the town of Trapani on the coastal region of the island. Also we recommended you to visit the island of Favignana located southwest from Trapani. There is never enough culture and history one can absorb.

There are always new things we can learn and last but not least it is always worth visiting the many historical monuments and sights. The one thing Trapani does not lack is the number of touristic sites. Wander around town and stop at the museums, churches, palaces and others.

Trapani

The town of Trapani is a lovely fishing village located on the western shores of Sicily founded by native Sicanians around the 10th century BC. As you walk along the coastline you can see lots of windmills which were used for grinding salt. Nowadays the salt is processed in modern ways but as the windmills have historic value they are still standing, offering tourists a lovely sight.

Trapani, Sicily, ©Supersonic8t7/Flickr

Trapani, Sicily, ©Supersonic8t7/Flickr

Trapani sights

Among the most important sights in Trapani we can mention the Annunciation Sanctuary, a Romanesque and gothic style building from the 14th century. The building has a few medieval elements too like the rose window or the façade’s portal. Not far from the sanctuary you will find the Pepoli Museum with exhibitions of modern and medieval collections. View the ancient articles and objects from the Bourbon era and also the unique craft works. Visit the historical quarter and the Giudecca Palace, also known as the Spedaletto. The building was constructed in Catalan-Gothic style in the 16th century. You can visit similar buildings in Palermo.

Trapani centro by night, ©Giovanni-Bianco/Flickr

Trapani centro by night, ©Giovanni-Bianco/Flickr

For some Renaissance feeling visit the Church of Saint Mary of Jesus. The building has a Gothic façade. Another Romanesque-Gothic architectural work is Saint Augustine’s church at Piazzetta Saturno. The church has a magnificent rose window. The building was severely damaged in 1943 when it was bombarded but today stands restored and mostly reconstructed. Last but not least we recommend you to see the Baroque style Collegio Church from the 17th century and the Cathedral.

The island of Favignana

Favignana makes part of the Egadi Islands being the largest of them all. It is quite popular for its tuna fishing and summer resorts. All who are in favor of the summer sun come to the port town of Favignana for the island has spectacular beaches and thus attracts many locals (Italians) and tourists as well. From Favignana you can also visit the islands of Marettimo and Levanzo or any other of the Egadi Islands.

Favignana, marcccy

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