We decided to begin our third and last day in Trapani, with a trip to the island of Favignana, and the old tuna cannery owned by the Florio Family. The ferries that run to the three Aegadian Islands are situated on the north side of the city, in the port area. The trip to Favignana takes less than an hour, depending on which ferry company you are traveling with, and how many stops they are making. But, in all honesty, even if you are on the slower boat, it is a lovely experience, as the scenery is breathtaking!Once you have arrived on the island of Favignana, it is a short walk along the harbor, to the old tuna factory.The Florio Family began canning tuna back in 1841. The old factory where this took place is now a museum. I found it to be fascinating, and it was easy to imagine the everyday sights and smells that used to fill the place, as we wandered around the occasional eerily, empty space.In addition to telling the story of tuna fishing and canning, the museum hosts artifacts from earlier times, dating back to the Romans.These tubs were used to boil the fresh tuna, before canning. One of the highlights of the visit to the factory/museum was a building that you entered, and inside, on panels, there were films of actual factory workers, each telling their story. As one walked around, you paused in front of a person, and it was as if they were talking directly to you, telling you what it had been like for them to work here, day after day, for years on end. I found the experience to be both, enlightening and touching.
After finishing the museum visit, we wandered around the town a bit, before catching the ferry back to Trapani. Once back in Trapani, we decided to finish exploring the city, as this was our last day, and we would soon be moving on to another town, and another adventure.I wanted to visit the Torre di Ligny and the small museum inside, and according to the website, it was only open in the afternoons. Of course, once we got there, a sign on the door stated that it was only open in the mornings!The last item on my “must-see list” for Trapani was the local art museum: The Salerniana. This was a small, lovely museum, which I found very interesting. As far as dining is concerned, the best experience that we had, by far, was at Dar El Medina, on Via Platone 12. This is fantastic Tunisian food, served in a friendly, comfortable setting, and at very reasonable prices! Our other two meals were both lacking something, one way or another. One of the meals we had was at 210 Grammi, and while the food was good, the atmosphere left much to be desired, as tables tended to be on top of each other, and the noise from neighbors’ cell phones (they were watching something), simply served to aggravate us! Our other meal was at Osteria Barrocche, which while the atmosphere was lovely, and the service was good, the food simply didn’t rise to the occasion — the fish was dry and overcooked!
Next up: A visit to the city of Marsala!
Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear.