Baglio Sorìa Resort and Wine Experience is situated in the heart of western Sicily.
Trapani is the area’s administrative centre and thanks to its strategic position forms the ideal starting point from which to discover the historic, artistic, and panoramic beauty of the neighbouring area.
In recent years both Trapani’s historical centre and sea front have been the object of significant restyling, which has resulted in an ever more beautiful and habitable city. The large pedestrian zone, which includes Via Garibaldi, Via Torrearsa, and Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, is full of elegant boutiques, open-air bars and restaurants, and is perfect for a leisurely stroll. It is also great to lose yourself among the many little streets and squares which are scattered across the city, or cool off with a swim in the crystalline sea of the Trapanese coast with a dive off the old bastions of the Tramontana city walls, which extend a few kilometres along the coast from the old fish market.
Of Trapani’s most important monuments, the old aristocratic palaces like Cavarretta, Riccio di Morana, San Rocco, Riccio di San Gioacchino, and Lucatelli are surely worth a visit. Then there are the churches including the cathedral, the church of Purgatorio (Purgatory) where the sculpted statues of the Mysteries are kept when not being paraded on Good Friday, and also the fourteenth century church of Sant’Agostino.
Trapani is also renowned for its coral working, with the business forming one of the pillars of the city’s economy until the 1800s. The history of this tradition is told through authentic masterpieces held in the Museo Pepoli which is housed in the ex-Carmelite convent attached to the Santuario dell’Annunziata.
The museum centre, subdivided into various sections, gives ample space to the applied and decorative Trapanese arts like coral-working, gold and silver working, and the manufacture of majolica ware. Around a hundred examples of religious objects and jewellery are on display in the museum, as well as numerous furnishings and nativity scenes.
A visit to the santuario dell’Annunziata allows you to admire the Cappella dei Marinai (the Sailors’ chapel) with its magnificent Oriental and Renaissance decoration, the Cappella dei Pescatori (the fishermen’s chapel) with its frescoed cupola, and the Cappella della Madonna (the Madonna’s chapel). In the Cappella della Madonna it is possible to admire the statue of the Madonna of Trapani which was created in the fourteenth century by the sculptor Nino Pisano.
After much art and culture, indulge your palate with the pleasures of the local cuisine. Go on an adventure of discovery among the small bakeries and food shops of the centre of Trapani to sample the cannoli, mini cassatas, and almond based sweets. Otherwise, visit the bars to try the ice cream or granita. Some of the available flavours are really unique, like jasmine which is prepared with an infusion of the flowers.
Not forgetting the numerous restaurants which, at both lunch and dinner, offer delicious traditional local dishes such as the unmissable fish couscous.