Erice Travel Guide

  • From a cable car
    From a cable car
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Erice Highlights

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    domenicococozza says…

     very peaceful 

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     Did'nt want to leave 

  • In a nutshell
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     The Enchanted Mountain. 

Erice Things to Do

  • Castello di Venere

    The Castle de Venere sits atop Mount San Giuliano. It dates from the 12th century and was built to ward of Norman invaders. Now mainly in ruins there are spectacular views from its ramparts. On a clear day it is possible to see as far as the island of UsticaOpen from 9am to 8pm everyday(Admission is free)

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  • Chiesa Matrice de Erice

    The church of Matrice was built in 1314 from stones taken from the ancient Temple of Venus that reputedly stood on this site. Climb the campinello(bell tower)for stunning views across the the Gulf of Trapani and beyond to the Egadi Islands.Open to the public - Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm then 3.30pm to 5.30pmWeekends: 9.30am to 1.00pm then...

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  • Piazza Umberto 1°

    This is the heart of Erice, with some nice restaurant, the municipality building and the Museum.Remember that the price in Erice are more expensive thant in Trapani or other villages, cause is a 'must to see' place..

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  • San Pietro church

    In Erice there are about 60 church and little chapel...this is San Pietro entrance and the Clarisse Monastry (XIV-XIII).

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  • Chiesa Matrice

    Info from Siciliano.itThe town’s main church is situated near Porta di Trapani, one of the entrances to the town. Built in the 14C, principally using stone from the Temple of Venus, its massive form and merlon-topped walls suggest it was intended as a church-fortress. The façade is graced with a fine rose-window (replicating the original), that is...

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  • Walking in the town

    The better way to visit this medieval town is a free walking in the narrow stree, reading the history pannel u can find in front of the main building and church.

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  • The Castles

    Surrounded by a lush park, the hilltop castles alone are worth a stop in Erice, which offers charming old stone streets and medieval churches. Pepoli Castle was at first a feudal stronghold, though Erice was eventually ceded to the Crown as a demesnial city. The view from the castle towers is stupendous. Though both castles have been modified...

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  • The Mother Church

    The beautiful Mother Church is essentially a 14th century Gothic structure whose style reflects certain Romanesque influences. An older tower stands at the entrance, and the church itself was built upon a much older structure.

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  • A town with a view

    Well, what to say about Erice? We got there one late afternoon (or was it early evening?) when all the tour buses were heading out and we were on our way back from touring the area of Trapani. Our guide book told us "not to miss Erice on any account", so here we were. Of course, there was too little time to get a good impression of the town, sights...

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Erice Restaurants

  • Not bad as it looks

    It is at the foot of Erice town which is just across the cable car station. We were hungry after a long walk in Erich Old Town and found this restaurant before the cable car ride. It seemed an ordinary touristic restaurant but it was not bad. The Italian food was good and the service was quick. Pizza, salad and other Italian local dishes

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  • Peaceful, well furnished, very good food

    All plates we tasted were greatly prepared, based on local recipes well known and correctedly interpreted. No excess, not any unjustified luxury. Fresh ingredients and really cooked food. Good bread and good oil. Wines...good choice of good quality. The three of us had several different dishes and we appreciated all of them.

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  • A Must in Erice!

    It's all good, especially the seafood. Couple the great food with a warm ambiance and an attentive staff and you'll be very glad you came to this restaurant. The main entrance is a bit tricky to find, but Erice is such a special town that you'll enjoy yourself locating it. Try the Pasta con le Sarde (pasta with sardines & fennel)...superb! Fresh...

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Erice Transportation

  • From Trapani by cable car 

    Take Bus 21 or 23 (from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, € 1.20, you can get the ticket from the driver ) to the cable car station. Return ticket is € 6,50, about 10 minutes with great views over Trapani and the sea.

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  • Erice-Trapani cabelway

    In 2005 it has been inaugurated the new cableway that directly gives to the periphery of Trapani to Erice. The last time I was in Trapani, september 2005, it was in function, but I have known from some friends that in the spring 2006 it was already stopped for technical problems….it is always better to inquire before.

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  • The Bus to Erice

    I was telling someone about this on VT a little while ago and I just found this photograph. Erice is up a long way up and if you’re scared of heights you may want to know about this bus trip before you depart. The photograph is taken from inside the bus looking out the driver’s window as the bus turns a corner. Yes that is a valley below! It took a...

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Erice Shopping

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    by ludogatto Written Nov 23, 2006

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    Erice is full of beautifull pasty shop, but walking in the narrow street of the medieval town I followed the perfect parfume of fresh home made cake....there is a simply owen that made local cake and pastry...ther isen't a window shop, only a simply door that is opened on the laboratory...I don't remember the right direction, but it was near a old monastry...ask to the local people and remember that it isen't a tourist shop!

    What to buy: Ericini, Mustazzoli fo Erice, Genovesi feeled with cream................

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Erice Tourist Traps

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    by ludogatto Written Nov 23, 2006

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    Erice is so nice that all the guided tour have a stop in this town...so all the economy of the village is on the tourism!
    The restaurant, the caffè, the souvenir shop have price much more higher than in the other Sicily area...I saw a Limoncello liquor bottle ( very known brand) with a double price in comparison to Trapani.
    If u want to by some special Erice pasty do it, but only this one cause the other almond sweets u cna find it downhill less expensive.

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