Trapani is located in the westernmost part of Sicily, in the promontory of the ancient Drepanum in Latin, from the Greek Drepanon (sickle), given the shape of the peninsula on which the city stands. It is also called “city between two seas” as it stretches out on a narrow strip of land, surrounded by the sea.
The founders of the first residential nucleus of Trapani were probably the Elimi, a people settled in western Sicily in the protohistoric era and of which Erice was one of the main centers.