Trapani Travel Guide


The population of the urban area is about 90,000, including the north-eastern suburb of Casa Santa, which is not part of the comune (municipality) of Trapani.


The history of Trapani (Greek: Drépanon, Roman: Drepanum) is as old as Greek mythology. As early as the 13th century BC, Elymian people who had settled in Erice and Segesta used Trapani as a natural harbor. The Phoenicians expanded the city in the 9th century BC. In 260 BC, the Carthaginians used the port as a base. Two major battles took place here. In 249 BC the Romans were defeated by the Carthaginians. Eight years later it was the turn of the Romans, who defeated the Carthaginians. The Romans had little interest in the city and Trapani declined. A thousand years later under Arab rule the city regained importance and revived. The Arabs fortified the city walls and improved trade relations whereby salt had an important role. It was sold to Italy, France and England. Arab architecture still determines for a large part the cityscape of Trapani. The Normans conquered the city in 1077 and turned it into a prosperous Roman Catholic free port. Charles I of Anjou put heavy loads on to the people who successfully rebelled (Sicilian Vespers) in 1282. The city came under the house of Aragon and grew. In 1817 Trapani became the provincial capital. During World War II, the city suffered greatly. Heavy bombing destroyed the San Pietro district, the oldest part of the city, including the Garibaldi Theatre.

source: Wikivoyage

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    Found in Trapani, Palazzo dei Corsari- Apartment is a premium hotel comfortably placed around Chiesa del Purgatorio, Bastione Conca Trapani and Trapani Tourism Service. S...

  • Residence La Gancia

    Residence La Gancia is one of the best, premium places to stay in Trapani. Beautifully located nearby Stragusto, Trapani Citta and Alchimia, Residence La Gancia is undeni...

  • Baglio Rindinella

    This resort has 2 floor(s) for the ease of their guests. With 8 gorgeous hotel room(s), this hotel makes sure that each guest is perfectly cared for. Do not worry about s...

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