Trapani

A renovated old town 
A beautiful view over the Egadi Islands
Stylish pedestrianized streets

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Trapani

A lively city

In Trapani, a location you can visit easily during your MSC Mediterranean cruise, almost everything of interest is found in the old town, west of the Villa Margherita gardens.


Churches and palaces have been renovated in recent years, and a plethora of bars and restaurants have opened along stylish pedestrianized streets – notably Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via Torrearsa and Via Garibaldi. What is more, as you’ll be able to discover on a cruise excursion, the northern seafront, above the long beach, has also been considerably smartened up. 


The nearest and most exhilarating ride from Trapani is to Erice, fifteen minutes away by cable car (funivia). It’s a mountain town with creeping hillside alleys, stone buildings, silent charm and powerful associations. The original city was known to the ancient world as Eryx, and a magnificent temple, dedicated to Venus Erycina, Mediterranean goddess of fertility, once topped the mountain. Though the city was considered impregnable, Carthaginian, Roman, Arab and Norman invaders all forced entry over the centuries. But all respected the sanctity of Erice: the Romans rebuilt the temple and set two hundred soldiers to serve as guardians of the shrine, while the Arabs renamed the town Gebel-Hamed, or “Mohammed’s mountain”. 


A shore excursion to the bleak lava wilderness around the summit of Etna will instead greet you with the most memorable landscapes Italy has to offer. The volcano’s height is constantly shifting, depending on whether eruptions are constructive or destructive, and over the last century it has ranged from 3263m to the present estimate of 3340m. Whatever its exact height, Etna is a substantial mountain, one of the world’s biggest active volcanoes, and on a clear day it can be seen from well over half of Sicily.

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    Reach the port

    Port of Trapani

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Garibaldi Trapani

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      Approaching on the A29 motorway (from Palermo), leave at the last exit and follow the signs for Trapani Port.
      Car

      Parking Information

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      • Open-air parking 
      • Reach the luggage drop off zone of the cruise terminal where you'll find the staff of the parking. 
      • The parking is outside the port and offers a free shuttle service.
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      VEHICLE DAYS RATES
      Car 8 € 70,00
      Suv 8 € 70,00
      Minivan 8 € 70,00
    • Train

      Trapani Stazione Centrale is a 5-10 minute taxi ride from the cruise terminal.
      Train
    • Plane

      Palermo’s Falcone-Borsellino Airport is a one-hour taxi journey from the cruise terminal. Alternatively, there is a bus service run by Autolinea Segesta.  Trapani’s Birgi Airport is a 25-minute taxi journey from the cruise terminal, depending on the traffic. AST runs a bus service from/to the airport.
      Plane

    Italy

    History, gastronomy and fashion
    History, gastronomy and fashion

    A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
     
    Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
    In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

    The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

    As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.