Trapani is a city on the western coast of island Sicily, Italy, and is the capital of the province with the same name. Founded by ancient Greeks, the city is an important fishing port even now and the main gateway to the nearby Egadi Islands.
Being a town settled on the coast, much of its economy depends on sea. Fishing and canning are an important local industries, with fishermen catching tuna. Coral is also an important export, along with salt, marble and a special wine named marsala. Trapani is also an important ferry port, with links to Egadi Islands, Pantelleria, Sardinia and Tunisia.
Trapani is one of the renowned vacation and beach resorts of Italy and some of the most important places to see there are: church of Sant'Agostino, from the 14th century, church of Santa Maria di Gesu, basilica Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata (also called "Madonna di Trapani"), built between 1315-1332 and rebuilt in 1760, Palazzo della Giudecca, and the Cathedral, built in 1635.
The city is also renowned for its Easter procession, when the town's guilds parade a groups of sculpted 17th century and 18th century religious statues through the streets in a procession lasting 16 hours on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
The beach named San Vito lo Capo is considered to be one of the best beaches from Sicily and even Italy. It's located in Trapani and it has a natural reserve called "Zingaro", which is famous for the presence of "tonnare"(tuna).
As many other smaller towns of Sicily, Trapani is mostly visited by tourists during one-day trips. Still, Trapani is a cosmopolitan destination with great vacation and beach resorts. It attracts also vacationers which spend in town more days, because the city has enough interesting buildings to explore. A another reason are its relaxing beaches, where tourists can soak in the sun and enjoying a peaceful vacation in Italy.