The cruise ships dock right in front of the old town, behind the busy port, on the quay next to ferry terminal.
Large cruise ships, over draft 8 m, will anchor one mile out. You will be tendered 10 min to a floating pier in the center of town.
The small cruise/ferry terminal offers bus park area, self service, newspaper and toilets.
Webcam of the port.
Printable map to take along.
Watch a destination video.
Visiting the town of Trapani is like emerging yourself in the diverse historical eras. Every corner is characterized by monuments, churches and buildings which narrate the town's history over the course of the various centuries. The pulsing heart of Trapani remains to be the port, situated in the historical center. Over time, the port of Trapani has undergone several modifications, up until the present day with the ongoing works of repaving the quays and of overall adjustments. The end-point of the town is characterized by Torre di Ligny where the Prehistoric Museum is now located.
Of course the big attraction at Trapani is the hilltop town of Erice but that involves either a ships excursion or a bus or taxi ride and cable car.
In summer there is a cable car from Trapani. In winter there is an enjoyable trip in a local bus.
By ship's excursion:
By bus only, dropping you off at the top of Erice and picking you up at the bottom of the little town....and back to the ship. Cost around 55 Euro pp.
By Bus on your own:
Take bus 2A or 2B (every few minutes) right outside the terminal in the direction of the mountain. Buy a ticket from the driver, 1.40 Euro and validate it in the yellow machine, it is now valid for 90 minutes on all bus lines. Tell the driver you want to go to Erice or take bus 21 or 23 (every half an hour or less), and he will drop you off where the lines intersect. Once on bus 21 or 23 tell the driver you want to go to Erice, and he will drop you off, only meters from the cable car. A return ticket is 9 euro. Cheaper and a lot more fun the a ship's excursion.
The streets in Erice can be very slippery if wet!
It pays to compare your cruise line tours here.
Medieval hill town Erice is placed on the homonymous mount Eryx, religious center of Elimi, which is famous for its temple where the Phoenicians worshipped Astarte, the Greeks Aphrodite and the Romans Venus, Erice was contended by the Syracusans and by the Carthaginians till the Roman conquest in 244 B.C..
Segesta an abandoned ancient greek town.
Right in front of the dock is the historical district of Trapani: Beautiful churches and other buildings, upscale shopping and plenty of restaurants and outdoor cafes. Via Torrearsa is the main pedestrian avenue going from port to the other side of this little peninsula.
Many cafes in the historical district offer free WiFi.
Most stores in the historical district are using siesta hours, but more and more stores keep their doors open all day.
Sunday opening is becoming more common.
If you happen to be in Trapani during Easter week, you will be in for a very special experience, the Misteri of Trapani, a daylong procession of life-like floats representing different scenes from the crucifixion. The floats were created during the 17th and 18th centuries and can be viewed in the Chiesa del Purgatorio at other times of the year.
January 1 (New Year's Day)
January 6 (Epiphany)
Pasquetta (Easter Monday)
April 25 (Liberation Day)
May 1 (Labour Day)
August 15 ( Ferragosto ; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
November 1 ( Ognissanti ; All Souls Day)
December 8 ( Immaccolata ; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
December 25 ( Natale ; Christmas)
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