Trapani has developed over time a flourishing economic activity related to the extraction and trade of salt, taking advantage of its natural location, projected onto the Mediterranean, and its port, an ancient commercial outlet for Eryx (now Erice), located on the mountain overlooking Trapani. The economy today is based on the tertiary sector, fishing (formerly that of bluefin tuna, with the slaughter), extraction and export of marble, activities related to trade and tourism. the founders of the first settlement of Trapani were probably the Elimi, a people settled in western Sicily in the protohistoric era. Inside the small village of Trapani flowed a navigable canal that played the role of commercial port of Erice. Trapani soon became a storm-city thanks to its fortunate geographical position.
Between the ninth and eighth centuries BC, the Punic influence was established in Trapani. During the wars against the Greeks and Syracuse of later centuries, Trapani was fortified and remained firmly allied to the city of Carthage. In 260 BC. Hamilcar arrived in Sicily, strengthened the walls and moved part of the inhabitants of Erice. It was one of the last Carthaginian strongholds in Sicily.
The important strategic position was used during the First Punic War when the Carthaginians defeated the Roman fleet in the Battle of Trapani in 249 BC. But some years later, in 241 BC the Romans thus conquered the city.
The Romans treated Sicilian cities according to their conduct during the Punic War. Hosted by the Romans, who did not forgive her loyalty to Carthage, Trapani entered a period of decadence and depopulated.
After the Romans, the Vandals dominated the city and then the Byzantines. But it was in the ninth century AD with the Arabs and then with the Normans led by Roger II, that the city reached a lively development, flourishing in trade and cultural activities, and the port had great excitement thanks to the Crusades. The port of Trapani during the Middle Ages was one of the most important in the Mediterranean.
After a short period Trapani passed to the Aragonese. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the city expanded and became the economically and politically most important center of western Sicily.
In the seventeenth century Trapani experienced a period of decline mainly because of famine and plague.
From the second half of the eighteenth century begins the Bourbon Kingdom with the Kingdom of the two Sicilies.
In 1756 the task of working the staircases of the royal staircase of the Royal Palace of Caserta was assigned to the Trapani stonemasons.
The Bourbons proceeded to the reclamation of some areas of the city and its urban development. In this period the Trapani people are dedicated to the trade and industry of salt and tuna traps.
After the First World War the city experienced a period of development: the industries related to salt pans, tuna traps, wine, oil made Trapani a particularly dynamic city not only economically but also culturally. The Second World War saw Trapani engaged as a port and submarine base of primary importance.
Between 1950 and 1965 there was a slow resumption of industrial and commercial activities, but the city never fully recovered from the crisis of the immediate post-war period, anonymously falling back into the tertiary sector.
With the nineties Trapani is proposed as a destination of tourist, historical, cultural and sports through plans for redevelopment of the historic center, the construction of new urban infrastructure, the increase in accommodation, catering and entertainment, and with a more marked attention to the enhancement of its huge historical, architectural and natural heritage.
In recent years the city has also assumed an international importance with events of undoubted cultural importance, such as exhibitions on Caravaggio, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo’s Ritrovato Crucifix, and sports with some of the phases of the America’s Cup, the most famous sailing trophy in the world.
Today the coast of Trapani, which includes Marsala and Bunch of the Wall, welcomes sports from all over Europe for kite surfing, wind surfing and surfing, decreeing it an optimal Italian destination for climate and winds.
Wedding Location Trapani
A dream wedding in the cellar is a trend in strong growth and Trapani offers the newlyweds original locations and drink good wine in the company of guests, among the barrels of a prestigious wine estate surrounded by beautiful landscapes that give unmistakable sunsets with colors reminiscent of Africa and with the smells of our land and as a backdrop the Egadi Islands that always give a charming magic. The area also offers ancient beams with rural charm and familiar atmospheres and still charming relais that can combine the rustic style in its most elegant form combining tradition and modernity.
Get married in Sicily, nature, culture and our history will be a perfect and unforgettable setting.
Wedding Planner Trapani
The area of Trapani is perfect for those who want to organize a wine wedding for their wedding, wine resorts and wine cellars for weddings have made their way offering quality and services specifically for wine themed celebrations.
You can use the vineyards as photographic sets, have an aperitif between the barrels, enjoy a menu designed to enhance the tasting of wines.
All this is the wine wedding!
or choose a charming location and unique in its style as the famous salt pans of Trapani, with a breathtaking view of the Egadi Islands.
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