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Best Of Trapani And Surrounding: 3 Days Itinerary You Won’t Forget

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You are starting to plan your trip to Sicily and wondering if Trapani is worth the stop? Then we will help you make things a lot easier. The below Trapani itinerary will help you plan how many days to stay here, the best things to see and do in Trapani, and which places you should not skip as part of your day trips from Trapani.

Three days in Trapani is the perfect amount to get a taste of the beautiful Sicilian coastline, gorgeous salt pans, and ruins. There is no better base to explore the Western part of Sicily than the city of Trapani. If you have more time to explore Sicily, consider this 14 days Sicily road trip itinerary with various helpful tips to make your visit to Sicily an unforgettable experience. 

But now it’s time to dive into exploring Trapani. What are the ultimate things to do in Trapani?

3 Days Trapani Itinerary Overview

Here’s a quick summary of how to make the most of your time in Trapani. Whether you are continuing your trip to Trapani from Palermo or only staying in Trapani and exploring the Western side of Sicily, we have prepared two itineraries.

Trapani Itinerary For Travelers Coming From Palermo

Day 1: Segesta, Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, Trapani
Day 2: Erice, Marsala, Trapani
Day 3: Aegadian islands

Trapani Itinerary For Travelers Stationed in the city

Day 1: Trapani, Segesta, Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro/Sao Vito Lo Capo
Day 2: Erice, Marsala, Trapani
Day 3: Aegadian islands

Below we will go deeper into the Trapani itinerary for travelers only coming to this part of the island. If you are interested in learning more about how to spend 2 weeks in Sicily, click here.

Trapani Itinerary: Places To See And Things To Do In 3 Days

The moment we arrived in the city of Trapani, we fell in love. The charm of Italian streets, some of the most delicious food in Sicily, and the best sunsets you can admire around the island. Plus, the location of Trapani is perfect for a step back into history at UNESCO archeological sites, feeling like princess and prince in the medieval towns of Erice and exploring the unique flora and fauna of Sicily.

Day 1: Trapani, Segesta, Riserva Naturale

Once you open the window and smell the Italian air while drinking a proper Italian coffee, it’s time to start your adventure by exploring the cobbled streets of Trapani.

Trapani city center

The historical center of Trapani runs alongside its main street Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which is the best start to explore the charm of the city. At the beginning of the main road, you will see Palazzo Senatorio o Cavarretta featuring a beautiful clock on the top. This is because it used to be the central meeting point for locals, but today it’s a municipality seat. 

A few steps down the street, you cannot miss the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo dating back to 1102. Squeezed between buildings, it’s much bigger inside than you would imagine looking from the outside. There are three additional known churches you can stop by – Chiesa del Collegio, Santa Maria del Gesù and Sant’Agostino. In front of the latter is a pretty square featuring the Fountain of Saturn, the mythical founder of Trapani. 

At the end of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, turn to the north to reach Porta botteghelle and the coastline. Finish the day by walking alongside and admiring the view over the old city and Erice in the background. 

Sunset in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

If you go straight to the end, you will arrive at the pier with the 14-century defensive tower Torre di Ligny built during the Spanish domination. Today it hosts a small prehistory museum. You can walk around it, sit down, and admire the sun going down over the Sicilian Channel and the Tyrrhenian Sea. 

Segesta

After lunch, you can take a day trip to one of the most preserved Dionic temples in Sicily built by the Elmians and the semicircular Greek theatre. They are both placed on a 400 m high hill offering extraordinary views of the Sicilian countryside. Imagine olive and wine trees paired with the view of the sea. Seeing one of the archeological sites it’s a must when visiting Sicily.

Segesta view over temple and surroundings
Greek theatre in Segesta, Sicily

The Travel Momento tip: We have visited all of them, and we would choose Segesta over Selinunte any time. 

Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro / San Vito Lo Capo

The natural reserve is known for stunning sea views and unique flora and fauna. Definitely a place for nature or hiking lovers. You will have to pay 5 EUR to enter the reserve pus the parking spot (if you don’t mind leaving the car in the middle of nowhere).

If you are not so interested in either of them, you can drive to San Vito Lo Capo and relax at the long golden beach.

Day 2: Erice, Marsala, Trapani

There is no visit to Trapani without a stop in the most famous village around the city, Erice. Even if you are tight on time, Erice is a must landmark on your Trapani itinerary. 

Erice

The medieval town is situated at the top of the hill offering awe-inspiring views over Trapani, salt lakes, and the Mediterranean coast. It’s undoubtedly the most stunning viewpoint in Sicily. 

The Travel Momento Tip: Come early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

You can reach the top by 10 minutes drive with the cable car from Trapani (round trip costs 9€) or 20 minutes drive with a car. There is plenty of parking spots available. However, you need to pay 2€ for the first hour. Each subsequent hour is 1€. Either way, you will get to enjoy the magnificent scenery unfolding in front of you on every corner. 

Street view of Erice, Trapani, Sicily

The Travel Momento Tip: If you decide to go with a car, we advise you to take SP31 on the way up and SP3 on the way down. The latter is not an official road, but it offers genuinely splendid views. However, driving a bigger car or if you don’t like narrow and curvy roads, stick to SP31. 

Start taking the steps centuries back into history by visiting the medieval fairytale castle. You will have the best view over the city of Trapani and Marsala salt ponds on the cliff-top cobbled way. On a good day, you can see all the way up to the Aegadian Islands. 

Continuing the way, you will arrive at the Castello di Venere. There’s an entry fee, which is not worth paying. Inside you will only see some ruins and beautiful views. However, you can admire the same view free of charge from the balcony to the left of the entrance.

Erice medival castel view
View from Castello di Venere in Erice

Once you take it in and pinch yourself if the moment is not a dream, you can either follow the signposted walk or just let yourself get lost in the labyrinth of streets where you will completely forget about the time. You will come across many cafes, pastries, and souvenir shops. Among them, the Maria Grammatico pastry is the most famous one offering various traditional Sicilian pastries.

The Travel Momento Tip: As Erice is on the hilltop, it can get quite chili, even in summer. Make sure to take a sweater or jacket with you

The Salt Road and Salt Ponds

From Erice, continue your ride along the coast towards Marsala to reach 2,000 hectares of gorgeous pinky-colored salt lagoons called Lo Stagnone. A postcard view of white crystals, colorful ponds, and red roof windmills will leave you speechless.

Western Sicily has been producing salt for almost 3 thousand years due to hot African wind, long sunny weather throughout the year, and low precipitation. This perfect recipe was discovered by the Phoenicians and is still in use nowadays.

The Salt Road from Trapani to Marsala in Sicily

There are several options to experience this place. You can take the Salt Road giving a few meters alongside the salt ponds, and admire the view from the car or you can visit the museum and even take a boat ride to nearby islands.

Marsala

A few kilometers from the traditional salt production, you can visit the fifth largest Sicilian town by population. The city is famous for its wine (also called Marsala) and as a landing place of Garibaldi and his thousand men in 1860, just before the unification of Italy.

Start the walk around the city in the heart of Marsala, at Piazza della Republica. The historical center features Chiesa di San Tommaso, Palazzo VII Aprule and Chiesa del Purgatorio. It’s also a great place to stop for some refreshment or delicious granada.

Continue your way to the gateway through which Garibaldi entered the city, Porta Garibaldi. Keep your head up to admire the beautiful palazzi and traditional Italian balconies while trying to spot the lion’s head on top of the entry into the town. Among the museum you can visit the Museo Arheologico, Museo Civico, Museo degli Arazzi Fiamminghi (tapestries museum).

Going out of the center, you will arrive at the Lilibeo, a lovely park with the old city remains. Walk through the park towards the Southern Sicilian coastline and return to your starting point by a promenade along the Lungomare Boeo.

Trapani

Finish the day by admiring one of the best sunsets Sicily has to offer. There are several places to do so: at Torre Ligny, Porta Botteghelle or port.

Day 3: Aegadi Islands

Visiting a small group of islands west of the Sicilian mainland with dozens of shades of blue is one of the ultimate things to do while in Trapani.

The Aegadi islands is a group of three archipelagos: Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. The most popular is the largest and most urbanized one of them, Favignana.

You can either take a boat to Favignana and stay there for a couple of days. As soon as you reach the island, you can rent a bike or scooter to explore it.

Aegadian Islands in Italy

We recommend taking a day tour visiting Favignana and Levanzo together. From Trapani port, you will first have a 2 hour stop in Favignana, which is more than enough time to see the island and even swim at the central beach. Afterward, the boat will stop for a dive into the turquoise sea and continue to Levanzo. We found the latter so much more charming. The sparkling blue water, traditional fishing boats, and whitewashed houses make it an incredible view.

Other possible day trips from Trapani

  • For history lovers: Selinunte and Agrigento
  • For nature lovers: Castellammare del Golfo
  • For mafia fans: Corleone

Finally thoughts on Trapani itinerary

After finishing the tour of Sicily, one of the cities that surprised and amazed us the most was Trapani. It has such a unique vibe, the magic of sunsets and light that covers the old centuries buildings, friendly people, and the best food we ate on the whole trip. If you are at least a little bit like us then you find the latter super important 🙂

Not many people or agencies include Trapani in their itinerary. And this is such a shame. The cities in the Western part of Sicily have so much more to offer and are way more unique. So if you are short on time, just make a quick stop to admire the awe-inspiring views from Erice and drive further through the Salt Road. Having more time on your hands, we cannot recommend you more to make Trapani your base for a few days or a whole week.

Tjasa and Gregor from The Travel Momento

We are two travel passionistas, who are always in the minds of planning their next travel trip and creating memories. Get honest tips and all the details, learn from our mistakes and enjoy our travel guides so you can have the best time!

25 thoughts on “Best Of Trapani And Surrounding: 3 Days Itinerary You Won’t Forget”

  1. This look like it would be a fantastic trip to take and best of all, it’s already mapped out 🙂 The photos are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing or I wouldn’t have made it any other way.

    1. Happy to hear you like the proposed itinerary. Trapani is a great base to explore the Western part that still remains left out by many visitors.

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  3. Trapani looks like such a beautiful place! I love that you can enjoy both the local history and the stunning coast on the trip. Thanks for sharing this great itinerary!

    1. It really is a great base from which you can explore all the main landmarks as well as hidden gems of Sicily. We are happy to hear you like this itinerary!

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