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Trapani


Trapani, the ancient Drepanon, stretches itself towards the Mediterranean sea, with its scythe shape, at its extreme point majestically rises the Tower of Ligny, watchtower built in 1761, actual seat of the Prehystoric Museum. THe sea, the best way to know Trapani is still a resource throug fishing as it was in the past through coral harvesting.
Indeed, a beautiful collection of coral masterpieces is shown in Pepoli Museum, where the old Convento dei Carmelitani was, near the Santuario dell'Annunziata. In this place we can gaze at the wonderful marble statue of the Holy Virgin of Trapani, carved in XIV century.
Amongst most important monuments are Palazzo della Giudecca, Palazzo Cavarretta, Palazzo Riccio di San Gioacchino, the Jesuit Church and Monastery, St Lawrence Cathedral (in which we can admire a Crucifixion (painted by the fleming Van Dyck), the Church of Santa Maria del Gesł (hosting a Holy Virgin with Child by Andrea de Robbia). Still in the hystorical center, the Church of Purgatory with its main face projected by G. B. Amico, where the twenty Holy Groups of Misteries of Trapani are kept, relics that every yearrenew the Passion of Jesus with a massive procession, lasting 24 hours, through the streets of the Center. On seaside still rises Castello della Colombara.
Typical of Trapani are the salinas and the salt processing, which gave birth to the "Road of Salt" with his many mills, five of which have been recently restored, the salt stacks covered with terracotta tiles and the Salt Museum in Nubia, in the Paceco. This long salty tradition generated the Salt Reserves of Trapani, Paceco and the Stagnone of Marsala, whose low and warm waters harbing a sight of wonderful waterbirds (wild ducks and herons), and during spring a variety of varicolored botany adobes like festoons emerging ground.

 
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