Via Pineta Comunale 43, Erice, 91016, Italy

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    Great views, but sadly rundown


    Having visited in Erice, Sicily many times, I had the misfortune to stay here once, but also to visit it many times. It was built in the 1960's and still looks like it. Not much ever seems to change here in the way of improvements and it is an establishment that could really be much better than it is with a little bit of effort. There is even a swimming pool in the back of the hotel that appears to have been abandoned for as long as I can remember going there. It mainly collects rainfall water that acts as a breeding ground for mosquitos, which come inside the hotel if windows are left open. This is particularly annoying at night when trying to sleep.

    The only real appeal of this hotel are the wonderful views of the city of Trapani it affords. They are really quite spectacular with the city spreading out below in it's sickle shape and the Egadi Islands in the background. While the views may be spectacular, the location here is not exactly central and it's quite a steep and long walk up the center of Erice. There are many hotels in Erice that offer better accommodations with more charm than this place. The great views here are simply not worth the stay in this run down hotel. The only reason I even give it two stars is because of the views, but the establishment itself deserves only one star.

    My recommendation is to avoid staying at this hotel, but do pay it a visit for the views. Erice is a wonderful and charming city on the top of a mountain and is an inviting place for tourism, but the Ermione Hotel is probably the worst establishment here, and the sad reality is that they don't seem to care either. A real pity, as it could be made into something quite nice and could become one of the best places to stay in Erice. Even the distance to the city center would not be a problem if they were to offer a more regular shuttle service (or shuttle on request). It's just another example of the failure of this hotel to accommodate its guests with amenities.

    I guess I should mention that they built a cable car down to Trapani, which is a midway walk between this hotel and the center of Erice. It was built in 2005, and in full operation since then. It's a positive I guess, but since it is located near the bus station too, and is a walk down from most other hotels, not an advantage really. I added some additional photos too (besides the nice views) of the mosquito pool and dated lobby decor. To me, I just wonder every time I see this place, how can it even exist in such condition? I am not sure it is still in business, but I will check next time I visit Erice.

    Unique Quality: Superb views of Trapani

    Directions: Somewhat down the hillside from the cable car station

More about Erice


Me and the streets of Mount Erice.Me and the streets of Mount Erice.

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Travel Tips for Erice

The Enchanted Mountain



Erice... The Enchanted Mountain!

Mount Erice in Sicily is situated just a 15 min cable car trip from Trapani but it's not just any other cable car trip to some mountain, it's Mount Erice and if you are ever so lucky to visit this enchanted Mountain one day you will then understand why I'd call Erice enchanted and why I'd call you lucky!

Erice is in the north of Sicily and is approximately 750 meters above sea level. If you are in Trapani you can take the bus or a taxi to the Funivia/Cable Car Station and go up to Erice. If the cable car is not working a slightly longer drive will take you to the gate of Mount Erice where upon arrival greats you to a wonderful mediaval world leaving the picturesque view of Trapani behind.

On entering Mount Erice paving your way up the cobbled streets you will find the tourist information office just on your left hand side situated exactly inside the tall cathedral tower where you can purchase postcards, books with maps or a 'friendly walk around Erice' which gives you access to the main points of interest.

Following a map or just walking around will take you all around the marvels of this mountain. One can spend a full day in Erice. Walking around is great and you will have from amazing scenery of Trapani and San Vito Lo Capo beaches to the tiny narrow cobbled streets, the fairy tale houses and their magnificent laid back gardens, the restaurants, the pastry shops, the piazzas, the medieval buildings, churches and castles, the souvenir shops, the wonderful hand painted ceramics to take home and the mouth watering sweets and delicacies not to mention their typical produce such as olive oil, their Zibibbo which is a local wine/liquior, herbs and pasta sauces.

Until this very day one can see the Venus castle and reads all about the mythology around this castle.

The weather is very unpredictable and changes very quickly. It could be hot and humid and changes to cold and very cold with huge layers of fog walking around its cobbled narrow streets, very enchanted!

Take Erice Home

When visiting Erice you cannot simply leave without taking some of Erice to take home with you. So many souvenir shops to buy from. My favourite are the local produce shops selling from wines and liquiors to olive oil , balsamic vinegar, sweets and pasta sauces and there are also a lot of shops selling typical hand painted ceramic ornaments. As with all souvenir shops one has to go round the place first and find for themselves the genuine products and the best prices. I certainly fell in love with some of the genuine shops where they sell real hand painted goods because the shop owner/artist is performing works of art in her shop during opening hours and others even ship world wide so if you would like to take the sicilian kitchen back home you can always order their typical foods and ingredients. Please check my tips for the best genuine shops on Mount Erice.

I simply loved this fairy tale mountain

If I had all the time in the world and the world wasn't so big and I could visit and revisit the same places all over and over again I would surely revisit Erice.

Best way to arrive is by Ryan Air via Trapani Birgi Airport and it can be combined with other places such as Trapani itself, Palermo, Segesta, the Favigniana Islands, San Vito lo Capo, all we need is time and a good plan.

Hope you enjoy reading my Erice page and find my tips helpful. Do not hesitate to ask questions and I will find the time to get back to you with any other additional information I have gained during my visit.

Beautiful little Erice

by Elina80

Erice is a lovely little village in a small mountain in north-western Sicily. I don´t advice you to go there during the winter but in summer it is one of the most beautiful things I saw in Sicily. There is an old castle from where you can see the coastline below. Wander also through the narrow streets and from the small shops you can buy delicious pastries, wine and honey (among other things).


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Address: Via Pineta Comunale 43, Erice, 91016, Italy