Trapani Cruise Port

Port of Trapani: An Overview

Located on the western coast of Sicily, Trapani is a walkable fishing village that features a handful of shops, restaurants and panoramic sea views. Ships dock right next to a fishing wharf, and you can watch fishermen leave in the morning or return with their hauls in evening.

Most excursions from Trapani visit Erice, which can be reached by cable car when wind and weather cooperate, or by bus or car. From the top of Mount Erice -- 2,460 feet above sea level -- you can see as far as Africa on a clear day. Erice's cobblestone streets wind through gardens, shops and homes.

The region is heavily influenced by the Phoenicians and Normans, and medieval forts and walls still stand.

Only a handful of cruise ships -- mostly smaller vessels -- visit Trapani, so the port city has fewer tourism options than bigger cities like Taormina.

Don't Miss

Ruins of Selinunte: Visit the ancient ruins of Selinunte; at 667 acres, it's the largest archaeological site in Europe. Founded by the Greeks, Selinunte features columns and structures that stood until 409 B.C.. Reconstructive efforts help us see what the buildings looked like before the Carthaginians destroyed them.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The euro is the currency in Trapani. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com. Several ATMs and banks are dotted around the wider terminal area.

Language

Italian -- with a Sicilian dialect -- is spoken in Trapani. A limited number of people -- usually those working in the tourist trade -- speak English.

For More Information

On the Web: Discover Italy

Cruise Critic message boards: Italy Ports

IndependentTraveler.com: Italy Travel Guide

--By Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor

  • Trapani: Silver Spirit
    76mike
    We had a great olive oil tasting excursion. However, ever heard of Trapani? Me too. I am convinced that we docked there and not Palermo due to cheaper docking fees. Shame on Silversea if this is true. Trapani is a nothing town. But the excursion ... Read more
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