Trapani (träˈpänē) [key], 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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