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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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