Shopping in Trapani, Italy – Where To Go And What To Buy april 27, 2022 – Posted in: Italy, Travel – Tags: Holiday, Italy, Shopping, Sicily, Trapani, Travel, Weekend Breaks
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Where to go shopping in Trapani
If you are going shopping in Trapani, here is a guide to the streets of the Sicilian city where you can find all the great shops. Both the old town and the new district each have their own good shopping streets, where you can buy Italian shoes and colorful clothes. There are also many souvenir shops with the beautiful ceramic vases and the local canned tuna.
The best shopping streets in Trapani
The old town of Trapani is not bigger than you can visit all the shops in in one day – but the selection is good, and it is nice to go shopping in the beautiful streets. If you think that the selection in Trapani isn’t large enough, we can recommend a shopping trip to Palermo.
But also do take the time to enjoy a walk around the wide shopping streets of Trapani. Start in the morning in the Mercato del Pesce di Trapani, where the fishmongers have started selling the day’s catch. In the nearby shops you can also get a small souvenir to take home in the form of tuna and other canned seafood.
Continue down the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the long shopping street that runs all the way down to the Torre dell’Orologico, the beautiful bell tower. From here you can turn onto Via Roma, which runs from north to south. In these shopping streets you will find many local shops as well as Spanish high street stores. In the streets there are also a wealth of cafes, ice cream parlors and restaurants where you can rest your tired feet before the trip continues down to the new district. Here you will find the 2,5 km long boulevard Via Giovanni Battista Fardella – and all the major brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Desigual and Marina Rinaldi.
What to buy in Trapani
Everywhere you go in Trapani you will see the colorful ceramic cones and flower pots with the funny faces. Pigna, as the beautiful cones are called, is made with the Sicilian pine cone in mind and is handmade and hand-painted here on the island. The ceramic heads are also called Graste and are a completely unique work of art from Sicily. The tradition dates back to the Moors who taught the Sicilians to make the beautiful Maiolica pottery.
If you would rather have a souvenir for the table, there is, as mentioned, a chance to buy canned seafood from all over the world. Also the delicious Busiate pasta is easy to take home in the suitcase along with a glass of the red Pesto alla Trapanese. Finally, there is also the Sicilian wine, really tasty in both red and white. Also try the sweet Marsala wine, which is a dessert in itself.
Opening hours in Trapani
Most shops are open from 9.30 to 13 am and then again from 4 to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, most shops are completely closed, while a few are open in the evening. This also applies to the supermarkets, where some are open on Sunday mornings.
More tips for your holiday in Trapani
Find a great hotel in Trapani
There are three areas you can choose to stay in when you visit Trapani: the old town, the new town and then in the medieval town of Erice. The old town is where it all happens with the shopping street Corso Vittorio Emanuele as a lively center. The new district is where the locals live in the smaller roads going in all directions from the long shopping street. Here you are also close to the best beaches. Erice is located on a mountain, making you dependent on the cable car, but in return yo have an amazing view over Trapani and the Egadi Islands.
On Booking.com you can see the hotels and holiday apartments in Trapani, and below you can also read our recommendations for Trapani. Please do your own search on Booking.com for a good hotel in Trapani right here:
Recommendations for an apartment and a hotel in Trapani
Being in Trapani for a week, whe had the time to have both a city break and a beach holiday at our time in Trapani. The first days we stayed in an apartment in the center of the old town right by Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The restaurants, harbor and sights were right below our window, and it was nice to have your own kitchen.
During the week we moved to the relatively new and really nice beach hotel Punta Tipa, where the photo is from. Trapani is not (yet) patched up with beach hotels, and in fact Punta Tipa is one of the only ones. It is located just before the best beach in Trapani (at the university) and with the most beautiful view over the city.
From the hotel there are about 10 minutes walk up to the new town and 30 minutes to Torre dell’Orologio in the old town. Trapani is an expensive city to park in, with prices from 1 euro per hour inside the city center, but Punta Tipa is with its free parking spaces a good hotel for you who is renting a car and want to use Trapani as a base to get out and see a lot of sights in the area. Read more about the hotel by clicking on the links or photo.