Trapani Airport, also formally called as Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi, is one of the five civil airports in Sicily Island. It serves the city of Trapani, which traditionally thrives on coral and tuna fishing. It also serves as an important fishing ferry port, with links to Egadi Islands, Pantelleria, Sardinia, and Tunisia. Still largely dependent on the sea, much of Trapani’s local industries thrive on fishing and canning, while exports include the renowned coral, as well as the salt, marble, and Marsala wine. Once a powerful trading area that goes all the way to Venice, sadly, present day Trapani is now home to dilapidated buildings as a result of over construction in this medium-sized city. However, much of the old city of Trapani is a sight to behold, with majority of its historic buildings designed in the Baroque style. So don’t lose heart to visit the city if what you are seeing may not be much and. In Trapani, you may never know what you are in for.
Much of the attractions in Trapani include religious landmarks and festivals. For one, the city is renowned for its Easter procession, I Misteri. During this procession, a group of sculpted 17th century and 18th century religious statues are paraded in the streets, which lasts for about 16 hours especially on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. In relation, some of the religious landmarks you should not miss include a visit to the Chiesa del Purgatorio Church, which houses the 18th century Misteri 20 life-sized wooden effigies that depicts Christ’s Passion. You can also admire the magnificent Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata (Santuario dell'Annunziata), also called as Madonna di Trapani, which was originally built between 1315 and 1332 and houses the marble statue of Madonna of Trapani, the patron saint of the city. The church can be reached just 4km away from the centre.
Another sight in old town includes the Baroque Palazzo della Giudecca or Casa Ciambra. Built in the early 16th century, the palace serves as the residence of the Ciambra family. The palace features a two-story complex with a Gothic portal, lateral tower, and windows made of square blocks, decorated and adorned in Gothic-Renaissance style. For this, it is lauded as the finest examples of a truly authentic Catalan style in all of Sicily.
Given that Trapani’s main economy thrives on the sea, you can also visit the two main beach areas, the Marausa Lido and Lido San Giuliano. The latter can be reached via a 20 minute walk from the city centre. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed to a couple of bars, sun-loungers, and the magnificent beach that will seemingly lure you into its waters.
How to get around within Trapani Birgi
From the airport, you can reach the centre of Trapani through an AST bus, which leaves the airport every 45 minutes. If you find yourself in the city centre, you can stroll around its pedestrian friendly streets. Meanwhile, you can also take public buses, which pass the ferry port and run throughout the city, and stops in the adjacent bus station on the edge of the city centre, beside the railway station.
How to get there
Trapani-Birgi Airport is primarily served by Alitalia, Air One, and Ryanair. Alitalia flies to Pantelleria while Air One flies to Milan. Ryanair on the other hand, serves a multitude of destinations compared with the other two airlines, which flies to cities from Trapani to Malta, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Poland, the UK, Ireland, Span, Denmark, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, and Finland.
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