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Trapani stretches out towards the sea with a sickle-shaped peninsula, where the 17th century Torre di Ligny stands, housing the Municipal Museum containing artifacts which date back to its ancient Sicanian origin. The city has always drawn its riches from the sea, including coral, that local craftsmen have masterfully worked for centuries. Wonderful Trapani's craftsmanship masterpieces can be admired in the Museum Pepoli, housed in the former Carmelites' convent. The main attractions are the cribs and precious corals, gold and silver artworks, emblems of the renowned local goldsmiths.
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The fourteenth century Santuario dell'Annunziata is the city's main religious monument, where the famous Madonna di Trapani is worshipped. According to tradition, a Pisan Knight Templar brought the beautiful statue and its fineness was taken as a model for many centuries by leading local artists like Laurana or Gagini.
In Trapani's oldest neighborhoods close to the sea stand the elegant Cathedral of San Lorenzo, with a ''Crucifixion'' attributed to Flemish painter Van Dyck, and the baroque church of the Anime del Purgatorio, guarding the twenty Gruppi Sacri dei Misteri (Sacred Groups of the Mysteries). These are 17yh and 18th centuries lifelike sculptures representing scenes of the Passion and Death of Christ, used during the evocative Procession of the Mysteries held on Venerdi Santo (Holy Friday).
Thousands of devotees and tourists take part in the event of commemorating the six mysteries of Christ's Passion, beginning on Venerdi Santo afternoon and ending on Saturday at dawn with the return of the statues to the church of the Anime del Purgatorio. The ''massari'' (people who carry the saint artifacts in procession) shoulder-carry the Sacred Groups through the city's streets, giving the procession the characteristic ''annacata'' movement, dancing to traditional music.
Trapani's cuisine is influenced by Arabs and its main specialty is couscous with fish stew. Due to the proximity of the traps, tuna and its products, such as ''bottarga'' (fish eggs), ''ventresca'' and ''lattume'', are ingredients of many recipes, including sauces and tuna with onion stew. Traditional Easter sweets are ''cassatelle'', shaped like large raviolis and stuffed with ricotta cream. Sicilian Cassata is Trapani pastry's top specialty, a delicious dessert with candied fruit, sponge cake and ricotta.