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The Enchanted Mountain.
In the southeast corner of Erice stands the Norman castle that is now in two parts: Castello di Venere and Castello Pepoli. The castle was built over the impregnable rock in Erice, making its defenses rather secure. It was also built over the ruins of the Temple of Venus Erycina and contains the sacred well from the temple; the castle also has...more
The Castello Pepoli is part of the Norman castle – it has a different name than the Castello di Venere since this part of the castle was purchased by Count Pepoli (if you can buy a castle, you might as well rename it after yourself!) and reconstructed in the late 1800s. The former hunting lodge, now the Torretta Pepoli, is a neo-Gothic structure...more
This church stands near Porta Trapani and we passed it on our way back to the parking lot after walking along the city wall from Porta Carmine. Built in 1314 to Our Lady of the Assumption, the Gothic façade is rather plain but has a rather nice portico with pointed arches dating back to 1426 – perfect protection from the wet mist we were...more
Finally! Something was open in Erice! The Chiesa di San Cataldo is a one nave church that is artistically insignificant. Its foundations date back to the Norman period (it is said the Erice used to have more than 60 churches in this small town) and the church was built at least before the 14th century. It was restored to its original look in the...more
The lower parts of the city walls between Porta Trapani (near the funicular and the parking lot) and Porta Spada contain some large megalithic stones that date back to 1200-900 BC and the Phoenician era. Some of the stones have Phoenician letters carved into them. A good place to see these walls is on the path near the Porta Carmine, about half-way...more
The Tourist Information Office has two different walking tours available with good signs around at each location. Although the TI was closed while we were in Erice, the signs were there and helped us find our way around and explain what we were seeing. Because we didn’t have a paper map, we didn’t really follow the tour, but as we came to the...more
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)more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Via Tommaso Guarrasi 26, Erice, 91016, Italy
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Via Vittorio Emanuele, 75, Erice, 91016, Italy
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Via Enrico Toti N.87, Erice, 91019, IT
Good for: Families
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 dishesmore
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.more
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...more
In the busy summer holiday season the best way to get to Erice would be to take the funicular (cable car) up the mountain from Trapani. Parking is just too limited in the town to drive it during the busy season. The cable car is €6,50 round trip per person. Details and operating times can be found on the funicular’s website (Italian only). At the...more
At the top of the mountain as you enter Erice from either side of the mountain is a parking lot. Although it isn’t very large and the other parking we found around Erice was limited to mostly street parking – and not that much of it. The lot we parked at was next to the funicular and during the summer tourist season drivers need to pay to park in...more
If getting there is half the fun, then driving to Erice is loads of fun! We drove up the Trapani side of the mountain, which was a narrow and at times scary switchback road. Thankfully, we didn’t meet very many cars on the way down. I didn’t even get photos of the drive up the mountain – my hands were holding onto the door handle (I’m not a very...more
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................
Erice is high up in the clouds and is very susceptible for drastic weather changes compared to what you may be experiencing down closer to sea level. We left a warm sunny day in Trapani to arrive 20 minutes later in Erice to very cold, windy, misty weather since we were literally inside a cloud. The sun was not to be seen while we were there (although we knew it was around somewhere!). Good thing we brought jackets with us because we needed them. Because of the misty weather, we also found the stone streets to be very slippery.
Tip – plan for weather changes; and by that I mean colder weather. Bring jackets and rain gear with you; you will probably need them. Wear sturdy shoes.
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.