The fishing port of Trapani has recently had its historic centre restored; now this undiscovered corner of Sicily is a great base for exploring the island. Off a quiet street in the old city, take the lift up to your minimalist 1920s apartment and be wowed by dramatic sea views. The building juts right out to sea so throw open French windows for sparkling vistas; leaning over your little balcony you’d never know you were on the edge of a busy city – only the sound of waves and the creak of fishing boats disturb your peace. Inside white walls, white furniture and shining white counters and units are set off by original patterned floor tiles, abstract art and a blue dining table. The fresh airy bedroom continues the minimalist theme with a king-size bed dressed in grey; the neat bathroom has deep blue walls and a pea green sink. Lidia, who lives nearby, is a natural hostess and will happily help plan your stay. Fantastic port restaurants and cafes abound; take a cable car to the ancient village of Erice, visit the Egadi Islands and the Mozia salt mines. Then back to watch the sunset; cold drink in hand.