Visit of Erice, the charming medieval town
Erice is a medieval delight, from the top of its mountain, the most beautiful view of Sicily. We cross the village to visit the churches, the Duomo and the Castle. We touch timeless handicrafts and taste some town delicacies.
On the mountain behind Trapani, 750 meters above sea level, stands the medieval town of Erice, rich in traditions, history, craftsmanship, and breathtaking views. Erice is also known as the city of science, here in 1963, the Sicilian scientist Antonino Zichichi, established the Centre of Scientific Culture Ettore Majorana. On the road that climbs up the mountain, the view opens to the stretch of coast from Marsala to San Vito Lo Capo. The town, surrounded by ancient walls, is visited exclusively by feet; a series of small lanes lead to unique landscapes and corners. Once known as "the city of hundred churches," the stroll begins with the visit of the bell tower and the Duomo, austere in its exterior but majestic in the heart. Entering in the village core, we visit the churches of Erice and observe how the ancient art of weaving the Ericini carpets has survived modern times. We taste the typical Ericini sweets and the famous "Genovesi," shortcrust pastry delights with custard and a top of powdered sugar. An interweaving of medieval streets takes us in front of the handmade, brightly painted ceramics. We cross the Spanish quarters to visit the Castle of Venus and the Torretta Pepoli, on a rocky outcrop with a breathtaking panorama.