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Trapani

(trä`pänē), city (1991 pop. 69,497), capital of Trapani prov., W Sicily, Italy, a seaport on a promontory in the Mediterranean Sea. The city's exports include marsala wine, salt, and tuna fish. Known in ancient times as Drepanum, the city was an important Carthaginian naval base and fell to Rome after the battle of the Aegates (241 B.C.). Of note in Trapani are the Church of the Annunciation (14th–17th cent.) and the Villa Margherita. The picturesque Egadi Islands (Aegadian Isles) are nearby.
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Trapani

 

a city and port in southern Italy, on the northwestern coast of Sicily. Capital of Trapani Province. Population, 69,700 (1973). Wine and salt are exported from Trapani. The city is the center of a grape-growing and wine-making region. It has enter prises for the production of canned goods, macaroni, glass, soap, and wood products. Coral and marble are worked. Salt is mined near Trapani.

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Trapani

a port in S Italy, in NW Sicily: Carthaginian naval base, ceded to the Romans after the First Punic War. Pop.: 68 346 (2001)
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