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         Trapani "l’Invitissima", therefore from the Ferdinando Catholic was called in the 1448, has maintained in the centuries the signs of the numerous dominations that are succedute and covering the town ways it can itself be perceived the opulens and the wealth of the town in the XVII and XVIII admiring i numerous baroque palaces and churches.

         The most important monument in the town, from where to begin the visit, is the  Annunziata Shrine, called of citizen of Trapani “The Virgin Mary of Trapani” that is met coming from “Case Colomba”.  

It was built from the Carmelites in 1224, in 1741, restructured from G.B. Amico that  he gave them  actuality aspect. Inside, three chapels are  particularly worth seeing the Cappella dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Chapel) , the  Cappella dei Marinai (Sailor's Chapel), the Madonna's Chapel, inside is allocated the magnificent Virgin with child and the Cappella di Sant’Alberto (Saint Alberto Chapel). 

Situated externally to the church the bell tower, of baroque origin of the XVII the century, is sure one simbols of the town. Through the garden of the Sanctuary one approaches the Pepoli National Museum, is in the former Carmelites convent and includes various items connected with archaelogy, painting, sculpture and applied arts andrelics of historic interest of the town. 

Continuing for Fardella street you arrives in Vittorio Veneto square, where  they rise the  Government Palace  (1878), the Post Office Palace (1924), the Alì Palace (1904) and  there are the rests of the Earth Castle. 

To let in Garibaldi street, that follow the coast of the sea,  is a main arteries of the town building from the  Aragonesi the XIII century, you can be   admired Fardella Fontana Palace, Curly of Morana Palace, of the 1773,  the Santa Maria dell’Itria Church,  Milo Palace, today  center of the Soprintendenza of the Cultural Assets, the Sant’Alberto Church, it was built  in  XVII century and the Chiesetta del Carminello, it was  built in  XVIII century and remarkable architectonic interest.

Turn right Badia Nuova street is possible to visit the Santa Maria del Soccorso Church, it was built in the half of XVII the century, but whose origins are tied to Belisario that made it to erect in the ' 536 like church of Greek ritual.

To the semplicity of the prospect  to oppose at the inside magnificent and rich polychromous marbles, precious paintings and two  afekeepings of organ in wood of XVIII the century rich decorated.

Continuing for Torrearsa street, it was built from the Aragoneses in XIII the century, can you be admired the Senatorio or Cavarretta Palace, one of the best examples of the baroque of Trapani, to whose flank is the tower of the clock, built up in XII the century.

In the small square adjacent you can be admired the Sant' Augustin Church, it was built the 1100 and subsequently restored in gothic style, and Fontana of Saturno. From here is easy  be caught the  Sant' Maria of the Jesus Church, building in XVI the century, and the most church of Trapani town, San Pietro Church, pulled down and reconstructed in 1775. 

Hebrew can therefore be approached to the quarter covering Giudecca street, where is Ciambra Palace, called the Giudecca too, and to the oldest quarter of of the Casalicchio characterized by Arabic labyrinth, Arabic courtyards and houses in "Mediterranean style", where the feeling is had to came back in the time.

If you followinf the labirint in direction of the sea you can arrive at the Sant' Nicola Church and the Domenico Church, both restructured and embellished during the centuries, and came back in Garibaldi street where is possible admired  a exedra with portal situated in fish market Square.  

To short distance it is opened Libertà street where there is the Carmine Church, it was built the  XVI century of the  carmelites fathers,  and the little steps, in Matteotti square, there is the eighteenth century Palazzo di fardella Mokarta Palace where is the portale that introduce in a courtyard.   

Countining for Libertà street is possible admired the magnificent palace, it was built from the dai notables of the town in the centuries XVII and XVIII, tardy baroque style and the Addolorata Church, it was built the 1691 and  characterize from a small and refined portal eighteenth century, the Cattedrale o Chiesa di Sant' Lorenzo Church, was built the centuries XIV and restructured in 1743,  and the Church del Collegio dei Gesuiti

Covering Torretta stretti you can be admired Palazzo Riccio di San Gioachino, eighteenth century,  Lucatelli Palace, sixteenth century, and to arrive the Purgatorio Church, it was built 1668 where are preserved the twenty holy groups, called the Mysteries of Trapani, and on Good Friday they are carried through the streets of the town centre. 

These precious operas, that they represent the episodes of the passion of Christ, were realize to you between the XVII and XVIII the being worth century in wood, burlap and glue from trapanesi craftsmen.

Covering San Francesco street you can be visit Immacolata Concezione Church, was built the centuries XVII and characterize from elegant decorations in plasters, and the Sant' Francesco d’Assisi Church and adiacent to the convent, it was built in a site of an ancient church founded from the Franciscans in 1272 . 

The visit can therefore be concluded catching up the ancient town-walls, in Porte delle Botteghelle street, and the Imperial Bastion, in Serene street, one of the made bastions to built from Ligny in XVII the century. 

Testimony of the medioevale town is, instead, the Castle of the Colombaia, restructured from the Aragoneses and example of military architecture, than was protecting the town from the part of the sea.


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