What to do and see in Province of Trapani, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

August 26, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

Trapani (Italian: Provincia di Trapani, Sicilian: Pruvincia di Tràpani) is a province in the autonomous island region of Sicily in Italy. Its capital is the city of Trapani. It has an area of 2,460 square kilometres (950 sq mi) and a total population of 436,150 (2013). There are 24 comunes (Italian: comuni) in the province (see Comuni of the Province of Trapani).
Restaurants in Province of Trapani

1. Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro

Strada Provinciale 63, 91014, Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy +39 0924 35108
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro

Reviewed By Giorgio G - Washington DC, District of Columbia

I just visited a few days ago with my friend and our experience might be different from those who visited in July or August as crowd density and temperature are different. We walked in the reserve and were happy to pay the 5Euro fee. At the entrance you are reminded of how the place came to exist in the early 80s: no small feat. Wear sturdy shoes to stabilize your ankles, as the path is a bit treacherous in some points. At this time of the year the flora is still interesting and rich (though it must be breathtakingly gorgeous in the spring). The dwarf palms are fruiting now and their bright brown-red fruits are color strokes that dot the landscape. Campanulae are in full bloom and so some flowers that reminded me of asphodels, with a stalk sticking out of the ground (in truth a very large bulb at times surfacing through), with no leaves. Those to name just a few. We saw beautiful yellow-dotted lizards as well. Also, several tiny museums along the way, explain various aspects of life in the Riserva, present and past. The landscape is gorgeous, and although there were other people walking, there were elating moments we felt alone for miles. You can walk about 7 km and back or continue on to S. Vito Lo Capo. We went to Cala Marinella (which is about half way and good for diving), but decided to walk back to Cala Berretta as there is more of a beach there. There were some people, but for a short time at around 2:30-3:00p we were alone. The water was beautifully clean, blue-green and transparent: I went in and snorkeled a bit. Remember to bring your mask (or borrow one) and fins, if you have 'em. However, just plain cheap water shoes will help in the water and the beach as well, as the large pebbles (or rocks) will be hard on your feet. Bring a towel for your backside. In the water, schools of fish, remarkably untouched by my presence were swimming around me. BRING WATER (and food if you care), as this is a natural preserve and there are no food venues and you'll get hungry (protein bars are well-suited for this job). Overall it's going to be an unforgettable experience.

2. Chiesa di San Francesco

Via Monsigliore La Cava | Mazara del Vallo, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Italy +39 0923 671111
Excellent
72%
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4.5 based on 305 reviews

Chiesa di San Francesco

Reviewed By BobC558 - New York, New York, United States

Do yourself a favor and go to see this beautiful church. Before visiting the church proper, you will be instructed to visit the abandoned convent next door, which is an incredible experience. Once you have done that - enter the church and be awed! Besides the beautiful interior of the sacred space, there is also a crypt that is a must see.

3. Trapani - Erice

Trapani - Erice, 00149, Trapani, Sicily, Italy +39 329 033 0639
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Trapani - Erice

Reviewed By Jerry C

One arrives in Erice via cable car from Trapani. Mount Erice is 750 meters (2,460 ft) above sea level (bring sweater?) overlooking the city of Trapani. The Pepoli Castle, which dates from Saracen times, and the Venus Castle, dating from the Norman period, was built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus where Venus Ericina was worshipped. This is where the son of Athena, goddess of love, built this Temple in his mother's honor. Walking the ancient stone streets, some light shopping, and enjoying the cafes makes for a magic day trip. One of the highlights of Erice is the visit to Mother's Church that has stood in Erice for more than 700 years, and the gorgeous Balio Gardens.

4. Teatro Garibaldi

Via Garibaldi, Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 382 reviews

Teatro Garibaldi

Reviewed By BobC558 - New York, New York, United States

I was taken by surprise by the size of this lovely old theater on the waterfront of Mazara del Vallo. We were walking by, and looking in the window of the front doors, and were invited in to see the theater. It is lovely and almost miniature in design......

5. Giardini del Balio

Viale Conte Pepoli, 91016, Erice, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 187 reviews

Giardini del Balio

Reviewed By Jill F - Piscataway, New Jersey

This garden is worth the walk through and/or around the town. The views from Castello di Venere are amazing, and the overall walk around is beautiful. Definitely can see why this hill-top town is popular among tourists. Take some time to sit and enjoy the views, maybe catch a sunset if you can!

6. Grotta Mangiapane

Via Scurati, Custonaci, Sicily, Italy +39 340 143 2291
Excellent
66%
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4.5 based on 705 reviews

Grotta Mangiapane

Reviewed By jacrs2014 - London, United Kingdom

So don't miss this if you like a bit of social history. It's easy to find if you use google maps and the address on their website. There is no sophistication there. It's just a small tourist attraction. But getting a feel for how this small village built into the caves survived in 19th and early 20th century was pretty interesting. And it's really not so long ago but a world apart from how we live our lives now. Very good value for an absorbing visit (took us about 75 mins to get round it all)

7. Riserva Naturale Orientata Monte Cofano

Custonaci, Sicily, Italy
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 338 reviews

Riserva Naturale Orientata Monte Cofano

Reviewed By BobVirginiaUSA - Virginia USA

Our walk around this park was marked by a beautiful blue sea on one side and an ashen desolate landscape on the other. The water view really defied description and from above the shore line was a mix of blue and green hues only to be found in nature. Fire had burn off much of the vegetation and this desert-like vista was in stark contrast to the rolling waves of the Mediterranean. The trail itself could be challenging. While not particularly steep, there were a few stretches of loose rock which made descending a little tricky. Likewise, in parts the path consisted of half-buried rocks and boulders that demanded your attention while walking and high-stepping to negotiate. However, when we finished the hike at the eastern end of the park, a refreshing swim in the gentle sea awaited us.

8. Museo delle Saline

Via Chiusa | Paceco, 91027, Trapani, Sicily, Italy +39 320 657 5455
Excellent
60%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Museo delle Saline

Reviewed By RomekLu77 - Krakow

Read about this in a guidebook, but wasn't sure what to expect.
Actually a very interesting 90 minutes - saw flamingoes, saw men actually gathering salt from the field.
We bought 2kg of salt at the end - a sure sign that we liked what we heard and saw.

9. Saline Della Laguna

Contrada Ettore Infersa, 92105, Marsala, Sicily, Italy +39 0923 733003
Excellent
61%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Saline Della Laguna

Reviewed By James E - Orange, California

This is a very interesting place. It's located on the far western tip of Sicily. It's been occupied by every civilization around the Mediterranean since antiquity. This a coastal place of salt ponds where very fine salt is produced commercially.
Take a walking tour, and stop by the gift shop to buy some salt to take home for your self and for gifts. Very interesting and worthwhile.

10. Riserva Naturale Saline Di Trapani E Paceco

Garibaldi 138, 91011, Trapani, Sicily, Italy +39 0923 867700
Excellent
61%
Good
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Riserva Naturale Saline Di Trapani E Paceco

Reviewed By Lisa S - New York City, New York

Please honor this place with piece and quiet. The Sicilians are truly, the kindest people in the world.
This part of world was invaded by all since Ancients times, because it is without question the most beautiful part of the world and every culture wanted to be a part of it.
That is why the food is so good. They don't
Purée anything. Everything is cut fast, by hand. And it served at room temperature.
It is simply to hot to cook anything
If you don't like that, don't go.
This my friend, is Heaven.
Be a butterfly.

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