Cruise Port Atlas | Trapani (Sicily), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

Trapani (Sicily), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Trapani: Voyages of Discovery, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, MSC Cruises, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: Erice, Pepoli Castle, Venus Castle, Torre de Ligny (Museum of Prehistory), San Lorenzo Cathedral, Sant'Agostino, Santa Maria di Gesu, Favignani, Levanzo, Prehistoric Cave Paintings, Marsala, Salt Pans, San Vito lo Capo Beach and Park, Segesta Temple, Roman Theater, Selinunte Acropolis

Erice

Trapani to Erice - 13 Km, 25 minutes

You can reach Erice by taking a cable car up the 750 meter hill on which it stands. From there you have incredible views of the area, including Trapani, the Egadi Islands, and San Vito lo Capo to the north. Settled by Greeks who built a temple of Venus there, the promontory has been ruled by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Normans. Two major castles are the primary attractions for the site - the Saracen Pepoli Castle and the Norman Venus Castle. Erice is a must see in this area for anyone interested in ancient history or who enjoys a dramatic view.

Byzantine and Norman Architecture   History   Incredible Views and Vistas   Castles     

Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

photo by Bernhard J. Scheuvens

Trapani's Historic Museums and Churches

Port to Historic District - Distances vary, most within walking distance

The San Lorenzo Cathedral was originally built in the 14th Century, but was renovated in a Baroque style. At the tip of the peninsula is the Torre de Ligny, built by the Spanish and now housing a prehistoric museum. Also worth a visit are the churches of Sant'Agostino (with its beautiful rose window) and Santa Maria di Gesu.

Medieval Architecture   Crusaders   Church Art  

Uneven surface and some steps    Limited wheelchair accessibility

Photo by Civa61

Favignani and the Egadi Islands

Trapani to Favignani - 22 Km, 30 minutes by ferry

Within sight of the port of Trapani are two of the three major Egadi islands. Until recently, their main claim to fame was the tuna fisheries, but frequent hydrofoil ferries have increased tourist traffic. Favignani is the most popular, but for those seeking a quiet time or interested in prehistoric cave paintings, Levanzo may be more appealing. Favignani is a butterfly shaped island, with the town in the narrow center. Scuba, snorkeling, cycling and hiking are popular activities. The local fishermen catch tuna using a unique tonnara method (not for the squeamish).

Rocky coastlines   Diving and Cycling   Cave Paintings  

Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Photo by Dedda71

Marsala

Trapani to Marsala - 33 Km, 45 minutes

Marsala is a port south of Trapani that was founded by the Phoenicians. There are a limited number of Phoenician artifacts in the area. The primary reason to visit Marsala is to sample the famous fortified wine from the area and to see the famous salt ponds which have produced sea salt for centuries.

History   Incredible Views and Vistas   Marsala Wine     

Some uneven surfaces    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility

 

San Vito lo Capo

Trapani to  San Vito lo Capo - 40 Km, 60 minutes

North of Trapani is the small coastal town of San Vito lo Capo (Saint Vitus' Cape) that has a lovely public beach backed by impressive mountains and dotted with olive groves.

Popular Beach Resort Area   Sun and Fun   Hilltop views of the bay     

Walking on sand and rocks    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility

 

Segesta

Trapani to Segesta - 24 Km, 30 minutes

Segesta is the site of an indigenous (not Greek) Sicilian town where the locals built a Doric Temple during the golden age of Athens. The temple is exceptionally well-preserved and is unusual because it was not built by Greeks. Nearby is a 2nd century Roman Amphitheater. The town was built on top of Mount Barbaro and commands impressive views of the surrounding landscapes. The more modern town of Catalafimi features several historic churches including one dedicated to the "Most Holy Crucifix." There are also excavations of Muslim ruins from the period of Islamic rule.

Greek and Roman buildings   Greek impact, Muslim rulers   Incredible Views and Vistas     

Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

 

Selinunte

Trapani to Selinunte - 98 KM, 90 minutes

Selinunte was the rival city to Segesta during the Peloponnesian War of the late 5th Century BCE. These seaside ruins are situated on a plane above scenic beaches. In 409 BC the entire city was destroyed by the hostile Carthaginians from the nearby North African trading power. The most impressive monument in the area is the Temple of Hera.

Greek ruins   Greek settlement of the Golden Age   Incredible Views of the Mediterranean   Lovely Beaches   Beaches and Impressive Ruins     

Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Hera Temple at Selinunte by PD

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible