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  • Address: Sicily, Italy
A visit to Erice (pronounced EH-ri-chay) starts with the journey itself – either by riding the summer cable car or driving the dramatic winding road to the top of the Erice Mountain. Towering 750m over the port of Trapani, Erice is undeniably photogenic, affording spectacular views along the Sicilian coast and the nearby Egadi Islands. It’s also a striking example of a medieval fortified town and has a history dating back to ancient times, when it was an important center of the cult of Venus. 

The best way to discover Erice is on foot, climbing the steep rough-paved lanes and stopping to browse the many small shops and bakeries, where artisans sell local specialties like almond biscuits and ceramics. The obvious highlight of Erice is the hilltop Castello di Venere (Castle of Venus) and Torre di Pepoli (Tower of Pepoli), and following the impressively preserved medieval town walls is a popular pastime. Additional sights of interest include the lively Piazza Umberto I, the 14th-century Chiesa Madre church, the medieval Church of Saint John the Baptist and several other historic churches.

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Erice is located around 12km northeast of Trapani in Sicily.

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Erice and Segesta Day Trip from Palermo with Sicilian Food and Wine Tasting, Palermo, null

Erice and Segesta Day Trip from Palermo with Sicilian Food and Wine Tasting

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Discover the best of western Sicily on a day trip to Erice and Segesta from Palermo. Be wowed by the views from Erice, a walled medieval mountain town that ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.48

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