91100 Trapani TP, Italy
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Trapani occupies a low-lying promontory with a curving harbour which, combined with its position at Sicily’s western tip, made the town into an important hub for traders and travellers. Today the ferry port is still a base for journeys out to smaller islands like Pantelleria, to the Italian mainland, and to Tunisia. The town isn’t particularly well-known to foreign tourists, and is not one of the island’s most obvious holiday destinations. But it makes a good base for exploring this part of Sicily, or a useful stopover on a touring holiday. The port and the coast were soon to become even more important as tuna fishing and salt production became the principle activities of Trapani and its surrounding areas. Although not much trace is left of Trapani’s ancient history, the town was a Phoenician trading port, ideally placed for commerce with Africa, Naples and the western Mediterranean. Trapani was an important town throughout the Middle Ages, and it is the medieval phase of the town’s past which is most evident in the old town. After bombing during the Second World War, much of the town was rebuilt in the depressing style so common in Sicily. But the old town, extending westwards with sea on either side, is still worth a visit. Much of Trapani’s economy still depends on the sea. Fishing and canning are the main local industries, with fishermen using the mattanza technique to catch tuna. Coral is also an important export, along with salt, marble, and marsala wine. The nearby coast is lined with numerous salt-pans. Choose from our available boats (use the detailed search engine) and make a reservation.