Trapani occupies a splintering spit of land in the heart of the sensational region of Sicily. Busy and beautiful, the town has undergone a radical transformation from somnolent fishing village to popular tourist destination; however, the rise in popularity has not diminished the authentic Italian ambience of the place, and traditional taverns still serve rustic dishes that are sure to dazzle. An alluring array of activities await the traveller, included beautiful beaches, a baroque and atmospheric Old Town and an impossibly picturesque harbour.
Within the town’s principal church resides a cultural collection worthy of particularly detailed attention. The Chiesa del Purgatorio houses twenty life-size wooden effigies that depict religious figures related to the story of Christ’s Passion. Wander the cloisters in order to discover the story behind each structure, tales that informative panels in a variety of languages speak eloquently of.
Trapani continues to live up to its reputation as a captivating cultural centre with the Museo Nazionale Pepoli, a captivating collection of art that perpetuates the town’s distinct artistic traditions. Highlights include coral carvings, sculptures made from marine materials, the extravagant relic box and delicately decorated mosaics that depict fishing scenes.
Authentic and atmospheric, Osteria La Bettolaccia is a rustic restaurant situated in the historic heart of the town. Local delicacies are prepared and served with passion and flair, and the eatery is hailed as one of the best places to sample cous cous con zuppa de mare, a tantalising combination of garlic, parsley, cous cous and spicy marinated seafood.( Via Gen. Enrico Fardella, 23/25, 91100 Trapani TP, Italy)