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This coastal town was settled as a fishing village and harbour. Although the oldest parts of the city have been modernized in most respects, Trapani reflects much of it medieval past, if not its ancient heritage. It flourished as a Phoenician trading centre and as the port for nearby Erice, profiting from its position looking out towards Africa.

The best way to get to know the Trapani is looking at the ties this town has always had with the sea. Nowadays fishing provides a means of support, but in the past the Mediterranean was a source of wealth because of the coral industry. The precious coral works made by skilled craftsmen have made this town famous since the 16th century. A collection of very fine coral works is displayed at the Museo Pepoli inside the former Carmelite monastery. Next to this building stands Trapani's major sight, the 14th century Santuario dell'Annunziata. Inside is the Capella della Madonna with a beautiful marble statue of the Madonna di Trapani.

Walking down the streets of historic centre, one can easily notice the marks left on Trapani by various civilizations. It is worth mentioning the Jewish quarter, with the Palazzo della Giudecca. The oldest quarter of the town is characterized by an Arab-like labyrinth of narrow alleys although it takes much of its character from the fabulous 18th century baroque of the Spanish period. The town's main street is Corso Vittorio Emanuele, where you find a huge Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. Another notable building is the Chiesa del Purgatorio.

Along this route you can smell the scents of the local cuisine, characterized by strong and spicy flavours. A typical dish, of Arab origin, is couscous served with fish soup. Yummy!!

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  • Updated Jul 20, 2008
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