Trapani what to do Religious Baroque Itinerary
Western Sicily, is the true gateway to the Mediterranean, and Trapani is the key.
Culture, History, Gastronomy. The sea, the atmosphere, make you immediately understand that you are entering another planet. A slow pace compared to everything that makes you immediately turn into a traveler. A place to perceive understand and then enjoy a warm, enveloping, stimulating, contradictory atmosphere that you breathe in every corner and where after a while you feel like a participant and sometimes a protagonist.
A place to sip in small sips because there are many extraordinary things to discover and experience. Trapani is the epicenter of this world. Lying on the sea like a vestal at the foot of Mount Erice in the middle of the ancient salt pans. It strikes you just before for the aromas with a salty aftertaste then for its atmosphere. It is divided into two parts an older erect on an island and the other more recent that the locals almost contemptuously consider another city. The real Trapani is that of the fishermen, with its alleys Arab, the courtyards, and the Baroque. A cultured and intense example that extends from Corso Vittorio Emanuele to Via Garibaldi.
It is the living room of the people of Trapani. They live there, leave the house to meet in these elegant and vain ways. Even for a traveler it is easy after a few days to feel goodbye to some local friends after a chance meeting at the “Corso”. If you reside in the historic center you can not miss a careful visit in the countless architectural structures that dictate the passage of the “invaders” of other times. Good invaders who left endless vestiges without ever subjecting or violating this seaside village.
A recommended itinerary is the one that displays baroque churches in the square.
Church of the Gesuits
The Jesuit church dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in the historic center. Adjacent, on the right of the church, is the building of the former college, while the former convent overlooks Via Roma.
When the Jesuit order arrived in Trapani, between 1581 and 1596, thanks to a donation of the noblemen of the city (Senato Cittadino) they could build the church including the college, and a monumental convent. Following several interventions, it was finally designed in 1614 by a Jesuit architect Natale Masuccio represents one of the most important Baroque monuments of the city.
His consecration took place in 1705. Following the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1767, the order of the Jesuit Fathers had to let the city lacerate and their property passed under the jurisdiction of the diocese of Mazara del Vallo.
Later the church of the Collegio, with the unification of Italy, was transformed into the high school gymnasium Ximenes, while the religious convent was transformed into the seat of the court until the 1950s.
It was subjected to multiple restorations and definitively opened only in 2011
The architecture of the church is very special, realized through the intervention of different artists at different times. It is distinguished by the division into 3 naves, and for the decoration of the walls are made with stucco and marble.
Trapani what to do Jesuit College
With the suppression of the Society of Jesus, in 1767 the College was transformed into the headquarters of the Bourbon schools later became Real High School Leonardo Ximenes. (1834) The superb library was also dismantled and moved to Palermo from where, however, there is no more news. Something is still preserved between the Central Library of the Sicilian Region and also the Jesuit fund of the National Library of Paris.
Trapani what to do The church of Maria Santissima del Soccorso.
Another example of the Baroque of Trapani is shown by BADIA NUOVA, or Chiesa del Soccorso. It is certainly one of the oldest churches in the city, originally dedicated to Santa Sofia, dates back to 536, and subsequently renovated in 1461, later in 1990 it was restored in a definitive way. The aisles are in marble you can admire works by Geronimo Gerardi, Cristoforo Milanti, Andrea Carreca, Guglielmo Borremans, Giovanni Biagio Amico.. The interior with a single nave with five marble altars on the main altar is the painting of the Madonna del Rosario.
The canvas of San Domenico by Pietro Novelli is also beautiful.
Trapani what to do Church of Purgatory
Another special appointment is the visit to the Church of Purgatory.
The Church of the Souls in Purgatory is located in the homonymous square of Purgatory and dates back to 1668.
The façade, built in 1712, is the work of Giovanni Biagio, an architect of Trapani. The plant is a Latin cross with three naves. It is divided into two orders and adorned with twelve stuccoed stone statues of the twelve Apostles and Jesus, the work of Alberto Orlando. The higher central part and the movement in the lower order develop the dynamic effects typical of Baroque architecture, unlike neoclassical fashion.
His fame is due above all to the intimate bond he holds for the custody of the groups of “Misteri” (trades). Sacred groups of twenty statues made of wood, canvas and glue dating back to 1400, representing the passion of Jesus Christ. For over 400 years, every Friday, the groups come out in procession, stretching out through the streets of the city and parade for 24 hours, accompanied by funeral marches performed by local bands.
The Santuario dell’Annunziata and the Baroque buildings
Trapani what to, Of course in this itinerary you can not miss The Santuario dell’Annunziata dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. The largest cult structure in Trapani. Built around 1315-1322, it underwent several renovations. The Chapel of the Gagini was built in 1537 (in 1760 the most important restored in its present form). It shows different influences ranging from Gothic to Baroque. It is the most famous Marian shrine in western Sicily.  Entrusted to the Carmelite order, the basilica belongs to the Fondo Edifici di Culto. The central nave, showing sixteen columns and decorated with silver stucco, was transformed. A rosette in a radial pattern dominates the main portal.