In a spontaneous turn of events, Aviva and I found the cheapest tickets to Sicily and ended up in Trapani – a city we knew nothing about. Thankfully, the airline gods were in our favor because the Western side of Sicily ended up being a paradise for food, amazing beaches, and wildlife.
Trapani is a beautiful blend of cultures – the region has Arabic, Spanish, and French influence, and the most famous Trapanese food is mediterranean cous cous. I was thankful to get away from pasta and pizza and instead enjoy beautiful pistachio cannoli and mediterranean cuisine.
The Sicilian dialect is hard to understand but everyone was extremely kind and helpful so it was easy to get around. Sidenote about the accent here: I loved that along with the calm way of life in the South of Italy, the accents were softer than in the North. For instance, the word “Erice” is pronounced “Eh-ri-che” in the North, and “Eh-ree-sheh” in Sicily. The blend of cultures can also be seen in Sicilian dialect words that often slip through conversation in Italian – i.e. – the word in Italian for receipt is “ricevuta,” but Sicilians say “ricivu,” which was allegedly influenced by the Spanish word for receipt – recibo.
After arriving in Trapani in the morning, we took a bus to San Vito lo Capo and rented a paddle board to traverse the clear water. We then headed back to Trapani that night for a night in the city. The next day, we took a ferry to a small island called Favignana for the day. The best way to get around the island is to bike, so we biked from the port to Bue Marino, Cala Rossa, and Cala Azzurra. The blue water and the colorful facades were GORGEOUS – I couldn’t stop taking photos! On Favignana is the first factory to perfect the method to can tuna, so we visited the museum and made sure to eat tuna later that night.