Trapani is on the northwest tip of Sicily. It began as a port to serve the hilltop town of Erice.
Trapani has been ruled by Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Arabs and, in 1077, was conquered by the Norman, Roger I (who we “met” in Palermo). Much of the architecture is baroque from the 17th and 18th century of their Spanish period.
We spent an evening walking around the old town.
The Cattedrale di San Lorenzo was built in 1421. It was restored in the 18th century.
Looking back toward Erice, on the distant hilltop.
The wine shop, above on the left, offers a uniquely Sicilian “service”. You can take your own bottle, even a water bottle, and buy wine by the liter from a keg!
We stayed two nights in a remodeled monastery. This must be the most unusual room we’ve ever had!
The floor was plexiglas, lighted from below, showing the curve of the original ceiling below, along with some big chunks of salt from the salt-pans of Trapani (where we will visit next).
The ceiling was unique too.
There was a nice walk along the coast, near our hotel.
Sunset in Trapani