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From Trapani, you can go almost anywhere.

Combine Segesta and Erice for an easy day trip
Segesta and Selinute were constantly at war with each other. Unlike Selinute, the temple and the theatre at Segesta are well preserved.
Buy a ticket for the bus to take you to the theatre with it’s amazing view to the north

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The Temple at Segesta, built in the 5th century BC, can be easily reached on foot.

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Sitting on top of Monte San Giuliano, the drive to Erice, on a clear day, offers spectacular views.

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Erice is the quintessential tourist village. Meander through the paved alleyways and narrow streets to see the small churches and stone houses.

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Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main street, is lined with souvenir and pastry shops, none more famous than the Pasticerria di Maria Grammatico.

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Mamma Maria

On another day visit Favignana, the largest of the Egadi Islands, a thirty minute ferry ride away. It’s clear blue waters, especially at Cala Rossa, have been receiving a lot of publicity lately as the place to visit. Marettimo is the most isolated and unspoilt island, a little further away. The weather must be perfect to visit Marettimo for a day trip as the ferries will not run if the sea is rough. Levanzo is the smallest island of the group

The main square of Favignana is a short walk from the port. Hire a scooter, take a taxi or jump aboard the small tourist train to explore the bays around the island.

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San Vito di Capo has been voted the best beach in Sicily. In forty minutes you could be lying on the white sand and swimming in clear blue water. Take a book, hire an umbrella and lounge, and relax.

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From here it is an easy drive to the northern entrance to the Zingaro National Park and the walks that start from here.

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If you haven’t already visited Marsala, it is only thirty minutes away. Return via the Salt Route.
In just over one hour you could be in Palermo, eating street food found in the Ballaro markets.
No wonder Ryan Air, who fly into Trapani, are very busy with weekend visits!

Stay in San Vito di Capo

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B&B Le Biciclette
Via C. Gulfi, 3
Tel: +39 3456707437
http://www.bblebiciclette.it
B&B Le Biciclette
Rooms are small, but it is clean and cute. Great breakfast on the rooftop.

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A bar specialising in the wines of Sicily as well as the hams, salamis and cheeses of Italy was always going to be a winner with us.
I Grilli became our local bar in Trapani.

The stone walls created a welcoming atmosphere. Along the side wall, the meats and cheeses were on display whilst at the back of the bar, the open grill was ready to cook to order. Renato, our host, was very knowledgeable on the different cheeses and meats on the menu and his wine suggestions were excellent.

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Fabulous cheese – Primosale, Caciocavallo Ragusano DOP and a Piacentino with saffron, all with different marmalades

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Speck di Sauris(Udine), Salami with pistachio and Tuscan smoked beef.
Great with drinks or for lunch


Perfect lunch salad.

If you wanted something a bit more substantial, the meals from the grill looked great.

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I Grilli
Via Victor Emmanuele
Trapani

And now for the best pizza in Sicily!
We had not had many pizza nights so this was a hard call but it was certainly one of the best I have had. Calvino Pizze has been an institution in Trapani since 1946.
You can eat in the pizzeria, which is a rabbit warren of different rooms, or take away.

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Pizza Rustica with carciofi (artichoke) and mozzarella.

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Pizza Misto Calvino, which is half Pizza Trapanesi (Anchovy,tomato, parsely,oregano & mozzarella) and half Pizza Rianata (Anchovy, tomato, pecorino, parsely, oregano& oil)
Delicious!

Before leaving, I popped into the kitchen to see the action.

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Pizzas were lined up to for the toppings

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The boys were only too willing to stop for a group photo

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Fires burning ready for the pizzas

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Calvino Pizze
Via Nunzio Nasi
Trapani

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A little wine bar near the port in Via Roma served a great passito from Cantine Pellegrino on Pantelleria.
Perfect after pizza.

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As we wandered around the walls and through the narrow streets of the old town of Trapani, we came across many colourful sights and wonderful characters.

The friendly fruit and vegetable vendor who placed the shopping in baskets lowered by the occupants of the higher floors of the buildings.

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The lady who wanted her photo taken.

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The fisherman who still comes to the wharf.

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Colourful doorways

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Dried fish

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First cherries of the season

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Fresh ricotta

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Strawberry and cherries only.

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Fires still burning in the bakery

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The net repairers

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Marino

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I think he’s done this before!

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Shame he didn’t get dressed first!

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Trapani was full of surprises.
Not having planned to stay here, the first surprise was that we loved it.
We were also surprised that it was an elegant town with wide streets lined with baroque churches and villas and surprisingly sophisticated shops.

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Corso Vittorio Emmanuele is the main street of the old town, starting at the fishing port and ending at Via Torrearsa.

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At this intersection is Palazzo Senatorio where the local men gather morning,noon and night.

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Via Torrersa is a paved shopping street leading from the port to the beach side.
Here menswear shops outshine the women’s shops
Hidden behind the clock tower of Palazzo Senatorio, is the entrance to another maze of streets with Via della Cuba leading to a group of interesting shops in Piazzetta della Cuba.

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In Trapani, you are never far from the water. Water surrounds the old town with the sea walls on the beach side and the port on the other.

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Whilst staying here we had an excellent dinner at Osteria La Bettolaccia

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Mixed seafood antipasti

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Grilled fish

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Busiate pasta with seafood. Busiate is traditional pasta of this area

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We enjoyed an excellent bottle of Zahir, a Nero d’Avola from Abbazia Santa Anastasia in the Madonie Mountains

Osteria La Bettolaccia
Via General E Fardella, 25
Tel: 0923 21695
http://www.labettolaccia.it

Eat

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Tentazioni di Gusto
Via Badia Nuova 27/29
Trapani
Tel:+39 0923 548165

A good dinner, but not as good as La Bettolaccia.

Stay
It’s not easy choosing where to stay in Trapani. There are many B&B’s but no standout hotels.
All Trapani needs now is a small boutique hotel.

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Residence La Gancia
Piazza Mercato del Pesce
Tel:+39 0923 438060
http://www.lagancia.com
Residence La Gancia

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Ai Lumi Bed & Breakfast
Corso Victor Emmanuele, 75
Tel:+39 0923 872418
http://www.ailumi.it
Ai Lumi Bed & Breakfast

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I Colori del Vento
Viale Regina Elina, 62
Tel: 3472504630 or 0923 1890531
http://www.icoloridelvento.it
I Colori del Vento
Alessandra has access to a simple but adequate apartment in a good position.

Hint
Be careful parking your car overnight on the street by the port.
Monday night, the city side of the road is swept and cars will be towed away
Tuesday night, the port’s side of the street is cleaned.
Parking charges start at 8am but you can pre pay this the night before and leave the ticket on the window. Parking in the white lines is free whilst if you park in the blue lines, payment is due. There is free parking in front of the coast guard office.

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