Some Italian cities have been able to change through their history, evolving and absorbing different cultures over the centuries. Trapani is a Sicilian town that encompasses all of these factors, and has been able to amalgamate them shaping into a unique identity, preserving some exciting attractions that still continue to attract and fascinate tourists from all over the world. Trapani is the perfect place where to spend Easter holidays. Let’s see more closely why.
The Natural Reserve of Saline (in italian: Riserva Naturale delle Saline) is a major tourist attraction that has been boasted the WWF award for ten years, but its origins are earlier, even prior to 1200 AD.
When visiting the Natural Reserve of Saline tourists will be able to observe not only the rich flora and fauna, but also windmills and salt pans, still active, and learning about production methods, curiosity, and see this breathtaking landscape offered by small mountains of pure salt kissed by the sun’s rays at different times of the day offering unforgettable views.
In Trapani there’s one of the oldest religious traditions of Italy, a procession that, thanks to its beauty and the solemnity of the moment, attracts people from all over the world. The Procession of the Mysteries is held every year during the Good Friday, starting at 2:00 PM, when 20 sculptures are carried out of the famous Church of Purgatory, and then are carried on many men’s shoulders along the streets of the whole city, accompanied by music played by bands.
The Procession of Mysteries is a symbolic and emotional moment which recalls the main steps of the Passion of Christ. This ritual has Spanish origin, it was born in the fifteenth century and still today maintains its ancient characteristics: the procession lasts for 24 hours and its organization is really rigorous. After the end of the path, the ceremony ends the morning after with the arrival of the sculptures back inside the Church of Purgatory, where they are stored until the next year. This task is handled carefully by the Unione Maestranze, a corporation that takes care of the execution and the maintenance of this tradition from before the 80s.
Mozia is a small island not far from Trapani, well appreciated for its ancient origins dates from the time of Phoenicians. Walking through the archaeological sites is a stunning experience still today, as well as observing its museums.
Among the ruins and the remains which are freely accessible, Mozia reveals a small trace of historical and cultural identity which can excite and evoke images of an ancient civilization, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Erice is a charming village with a thousand-year history. It’s a small town near to Trapani with many historical sites such as the Castle of Venus and its Duomo, but it also has real well-kept museums and a real artistic heritage to be rediscovered. Do not miss a ride in the cable car, especially at sunset, in order to enjoy a panoramic view that will remain engraved in memory, and will be the temptation to come back again and again.
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