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Erice

Sicildriver - Excursions in Erice

Panoramic tour and visit to the Castle of Venus Gardens adjacent to the Balio dominated by medieval towers. Visit the cyclopean walls of plant eliminated (VIII sec.a.C.) whose vertices are situated: the Norman Castle; the Dome or Matrix (1314). (About 2 hours)

There are places in Sicily where the myth is interwoven and where the archeology testifies of ancient peoples and civilizations life. On the summit of Mount San Giuliano, in a splendid panoramic position on Trapani, in silence through the clouds, laying the city of Erice.
Erice was populated by the Elimi who erected the temple dedicated to the worship of the goddess of fertility and love. Successive rulers entitled the temple for their gods, so the Phoenicians, they adored Tanit-Astarte, the Greek Aphrodite, the Romans Venus Ericina.
On the ruins of the temple still it stands today the Castle of Venus, fortified during the Norman domination, adjacent to the gardens of Balio dominated by medieval towers.
The city is surrounded by huge walls of Elimo (VII sec.a.C. facility) to which corners stand: the Norman Castle; the Dome or Matrix (1314), which retains its original fourteenth-century Gothic style, with the bell tower and its delicate mullioned windows and the Spanish Quarter. The old town has a typical medieval urban layout with squares, narrow and winding streets which overlook beautiful flowered courtyards.
Erice hosts more than sixty churches, including those of San Martino, San Cataldo, San Giuliano, San Giovanni Battista. Every summer, echoing the medieval music recovered memory by internationally renowned artists presented during the Week of Medieval and Renaissance Music.
To visit the Museum Cordici, in whose atrium is the Annunciation by Antonello Gagini, located in Piazza Umberto I.
Erice, seat of the Centre for Scientific Culture "Ettore Majorana", preserves the charm of medieval city animated by typical craft shops: finely decorated pottery, colorful hand-woven carpets, traditional sweets made with almonds and candied fruit .

Taken from the APT website

 


 

Departure from
Trapani

€ 20

 

Departure from
San Vito lo Capo

€ 25

 

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