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What to do and see in Trapani

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The city of Trapani is the provincial capital and also the most developed and important town of the province. Its historic center develops around the harbor with many ancient buildings and religious buildings such as the Basilica of Maria Santissima Annunziata, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Purgatory Church and the Church of St. Peter with its beautiful and impressive organ of 1842. There are also numerous fortifications built in time to defend the city such as the Tower of Ligny of the seventeenth century that now houses the Museum of Prehistory, Colombaia Castle, the Castle of Landdates back to Carthage time, and the bastion of the Impossible of the XVI century. Behind Trapani, on the top of a hill, there is the medieval town of Erice, which is dominated by theCathedral of the Assumption. In the town of Calatafimi is the archaeological complex of Segesta with its Doric temple and the greek theater. Other archaeological site always of primary importance is the site of Selinunte which is on the south coast between the towns of Sciacca and Mazara del Vallo, in it you can visit the cemetery and the ruins of the Acropolis. Another seaside town and major port is the city of Marsala whose main attractions are the Castle of the eleventh century, the Cathedral and the Church of Purgatory. Noteworthy also the Archaeological Museum Baglio-Anselmi that collects most of the archaeological finds of the city and the Tapestry Museum with a remarkable collection of Flemish tapestries of the sixteenth century. Near the town is the ancient Phoenician city of Mozia (Mothia) located on the island of San Pantaleo. The island is a real open-air museum with an incredible amount of archaeological finds. Being a province that faces the sea, the tourist will have the chance to practice any kind of water sports, while the protected areas such as the Natural Reserve of Saline of Trapani allow any kind of nature trip.

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