October 10-12, 2019
On the morning of Thusday, October 10, I had a taxi take me to the Palermo airport to rent a car. The remainder of my transportation within Sicilia would be by car.
My next city to visit was Trapani and a day trip to Erice. The port city of Trapani is an ancient city. The first naval base was established by the Carthaginians in 260 BC. Like Palermo, it had a host of invaders that contributed to its culture. Here is a good link for history:
The Germans were using the port of Trapani as a resupply point for the German forces in north Africa. As a result, Trapani was heavily bombed by the allies in WW2. While the bombings were justified it was so very sad so much history was lost.
So why visit Trapani? The seafood is fresh and the best I have tasted, the wine from Erice is fantastic, great pizzas, and it is a major port for the ferries that serve the nearby islands. There are some nice beach resorts too. Trapani was a relaxing escape from the high energy of Palermo. Trapani also has some very distinguished baroque churches.
Here is a map link to Trapani:
The villiage of Erice sits on a mountain top. Sometimes it is in the clouds. You can drive to it, but it is much easier to take the cable car.
The photo above shows how high Erice is above the coast. It was about 10 degrees cooler and NO HUMIDITY! This was a relief from the heat and humidity of Trapani. There where quite a few B&Bs and small hotels in Erice that looked nice.
I’m now back in Trapani exploring the docks…
The fish in Trapani was very fresh in the markets. It smelled good and made me hungry.
This church was locked up and I couldn’t see inside. It was time for me to wander back to my room with my full belly of calamari and prosecco and pack my bags for the next city.