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Trapani

Trapani
Comune
Città di Trapani
Trapani seen from Erice. The islands of Favignana (left) and Levanzo (right) can be seen in the background.
Trapani seen from Erice. The islands of Favignana (left) and Levanzo (right) can be seen in the background.
Coat of arms of Trapani
Coat of arms
The comune of Trapani within the province of Trapani
The comune of Trapani within the province of Trapani
Trapani is located in Italy
Trapani
Trapani
Location of Trapani in Italy
Coordinates: 38°01′N 12°31′E / 38.017°N 12.517°E / 38.017; 12.517
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Trapani (TP)
Frazioni Marausa, Xitta, Palma, Fontanasalsa, Guarrato, Fulgatore, Salinagrande, Locogrande, Rilievo, Borgo Fazio, Ummari
Government
 • Mayor Vito Damiano (PdL)
Area
 • Total 271 km2 (105 sq mi)
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (31 December 2013)
 • Total 69,293
 • Density 260/km2 (660/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Trapanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 91100
Dialing code 0923
Patron saint St. Albert
Saint day August 7
Website Official website

Trapani [ˈtraːpani] About this sound listen  (Sicilian: Tràpani; Latin: Drepanon, Greek: Δρέπανον) is a city and comune on the west coast of Sicily in Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Trapani. Founded by Elymians, the city is still an important fishing port and the main gateway to the nearby Egadi Islands.

Trapani was founded by the Elymians to serve as the port of the nearby city of Erice (ancient Eryx), which overlooks it from Monte San Giuliano. The city sits on a low-lying promontory jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea.

It was originally named Drepana or Drépanon from the Greek word for "sickle", because of the curving shape of its harbour. Carthage seized control of the city in 260 BC, subsequently making it an important naval base, but ceded it to Rome in 241 BC following the Battle of the Aegates in the First Punic War.


Climate data for Trapani, Sicily
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 15.0
(59)
15.3
(59.5)
16.6
(61.9)
19.0
(66.2)
23.1
(73.6)
26.7
(80.1)
29.7
(85.5)
30.1
(86.2)
27.7
(81.9)
23.7
(74.7)
19.4
(66.9)
16.2
(61.2)
21.88
(71.38)
Daily mean °C (°F) 11.6
(52.9)
11.7
(53.1)
12.6
(54.7)
14.6
(58.3)
18.2
(64.8)
21.7
(71.1)
24.6
(76.3)
25.2
(77.4)
23.1
(73.6)
20.0
(68)
15.7
(60.3)
12.8
(55)
17.65
(63.77)
Average low °C (°F) 8.1
(46.6)
8.0
(46.4)
8.6
(47.5)
10.2
(50.4)
13.2
(55.8)
16.6
(61.9)
19.4
(66.9)
20.2
(68.4)
18.4
(65.1)
15.4
(59.7)
12.0
(53.6)
9.3
(48.7)
13.28
(55.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 56.3
(2.217)
45.8
(1.803)
44.9
(1.768)
36.9
(1.453)
16.8
(0.661)
4.7
(0.185)
2.4
(0.094)
8.7
(0.343)
41.6
(1.638)
60.8
(2.394)
64.7
(2.547)
65.0
(2.559)
448.6
(17.661)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 8.7 8.1 7.1 5.6 2.5 1.0 0.4 1.1 3.4 6.6 7.2 9.8 61.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 133.3 145.0 189.1 219.0 226.3 306.0 347.2 319.3 255.0 210.8 159.0 127.1 2,637.1
Source: Hong Kong Observatory

  • The Church of Sant'Agostino (14th century), with the splendid rose-window
  • The Church of Santa Maria di Gesù (15th–16th centuries)
  • The magnificent Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata (also called "Madonna di Trapani") originally built in 1315–1332 and rebuilt in 1760. It houses a marble statue of the Madonna of Trapani, which might be the work of Nino Pisano, and with the museum Agostino Pepoli.
  • Fontana di Tritone ("Triton's Fountain")
  • The Baroque Palazzo della Giudecca or Casa Ciambra.
  • The Cathedral (built in 1421, but restored to the current appearance in the 18th century by Giovanni Biagio Amico). It includes an Annunciation attributed to Anthony van Dyck.
  • Church of Maria SS. dell'Intria, another notable example of Sicilian Baroque.
  • Church of Badia Nuova, a small Baroque church.
  • Castello di Terra, a ruined 12th-century castle.
  • Ligny Tower, a 17th-century watchtower housing an archaeological museum.
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