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Top Choice Sicilian in Trapani

Osteria La Bettolaccia

Unwaveringly authentic, this Slow Food favourite just two blocks from the ferry terminal is the perfect place to try cous cous con zuppa di mare (couscous with mixed seafood in a spicy fish sauce, with tomatoes, gar…
Church in Trapani

Chiesa del Purgatorio

Just off the corso in the heart of the city, this church houses the impressive 18th-century Misteri, 20 life-sized wooden effigies depicting the story of Christ's Passion, which take centre stage during the city's d…
Seafood in Trapani

Caupona Taverna di Sicilia

Fresh fish rules the menu at this fabulous family-run spot two blocks from the port. Chef Rosi cooks and husband Claudio works the tables, serving up superb couscous and colourful seafood classics like pesce spada a…
Religious in Trapani

I Misteri

Sicily's most venerated Easter procession is a four-day festival of extraordinary religious fervour. Nightly processions, bearing life-sized wooden effigies, make their way through the old quarter to a specially ere…
Museum in Trapani

Museo Nazionale Pepoli

In a former Carmelite monastery, this museum houses the collection of Conte Pepoli, who devoted his life to salvaging Trapani's local arts and crafts, most notably the garish coral carvings – once all the rage in Eu…
Sicilian in Trapani

Tavernetta Ai Lumi

Converted from an 18th-century stable block, this tavern's rustic interior features exposed brickwork, heavy wooden furniture and huge arches, complemented by a delightful sidewalk terrace in the heart of historic T…
Sicilian in Trapani

Al Solito Posto

A 15-minute walk east of the centre, this local hangout is a perennial Slow Food favourite. Service can be a bit surly, but the food is superb, from primi like busiate al pesce spada e melanzane (corkscrew-shaped pa…
Pastries in Trapani

La Rinascente

When you enter this bakery through the side door, you'll feel like you've barged into someone's kitchen – and you have! Thankfully, owner Giovanni Costadura's broad smile will quickly put you at ease, as will a tast…
Historic Building in Trapani

Palazzo Senatorio

Dating to 1672 and designed by famed Trapanese architect Andrea Palma, this three-tiered baroque palazzo dominates the eastern end of pedestrianised Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
Church in Trapani

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Gesù

This Catalan-Gothic church in the historic centre houses the exquisite Madonna degli Angeli (Madonna of the Angels), a glazed terracotta statue by Andrea della Robbia.