Trapani, the most important town on the west coast of the island, lies below the headland of Mount Erice, with the Egadi Islands usually visible offshore. Its old district occupies a scimitar-shaped promontory between the open sea on the north and the salt marshes in the south. The ancient industry of extracting salt from the marshes has recently been revived and documented in a new museum
In addition to the salt marshes, Trapani's other interesting environs include the beautiful little hilltown of Erice, the promontory of Capo San Vito stretching north beyond the splendid headland of Monte Cofano, and to the south the lovely island of Motya and the town of Marsala. The splendid classical site of Segesta can be reached easily from Trapani as well.
The Egadi Islands can be reached by boat and hydrofoil from the port of Trapani.