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- Ai LumiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4First to ReviewSep 20, 2013
Trapani was the cornerstone of our trip to Sicily. This small city on a narrow spit of land lay in close proximity to the fortress mountain top town of Erice, the Egadi Islands and the salt pans of the western coast. We would spend four days in Trapani and we were heading somewhere each one of them so we needed a place that was conveniently located and comfortable.
I wish I could say that we found Ai Lumi but really it was the Editor's Pick in Lonely Planet's Sicily travel guide. Still, I understand why they touted it so highly. This stately auberge is located on the main street in downtown Trapani, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Unfortunately it is the pedestrian section of the street, so if you have a car, you will have a struggle finding parking and will probably have to move it more than once.
Ai Lumi has a magnificent facade and courtyard of pale grey stone. Everywhere there are arches and columns interspersed with potted shrubs and flowers. Interestingly, when we checked in the porter used a winch to hoist our bags to our suite, a spectacle we watched with a combination of amusement and anxiety.
Our room was a deep red. The King-sized bed was exceedingly comfortable and there was a full wardrobe for our clothes. One of the highlights was the balcony; in the morning you could hear the sounds of boats and seagulls.
Although Ai Lumi is an inn, it is also one of Trapani's most popular bistros. One of the biggest perks to staying there was the discount were received at dinner. On our first night we sat outside along the street enjoying Trapanese pasta and stuffed squid (which was considerably more than we could eat). At breakfast we sampled bread, cheese, meats, various jams and lots of cappucino.
Trapani, while beautiful, is not the most heavily visited city on the island. This makes Ai Lumi, despite high level of service and luxury, a real steal.