Erice a charming medieval village
There are natural paintings that remain etched in your memory forever. Erice is a wonderful medieval village in Sicily, perched on a cliff 750 meters above sea level, nestled in the beauty of a breathtaking landscape: blue sky tinged with white tufts and endless sea. I have a thing with medieval villages, because they make me think about the charm of history. Erice is one of my favourite medieval villages in Sicily together with Castelmola and Taormina.
La cittadina è posta sulla vetta di un monte isolato, all’estremità nord occidentale della Sicilia, e dista 15 km da Trapani.
A 750 m. sul livello del mare, Erice si trova in una splendida posizione panoramica e nelle giornate limpide è possibile individuare l’Etna all’orizzonte: la città si è affermata ormai come una delle principali mete turistiche siciliane.
Il clima è tipicamente mediterraneo, ma, in considerazione dell’altitudine, è particolarmente freddo in inverno, quando non è insolito che la città e l’intera cima del monte siano avvolti in un fitto strato di nebbia; in estate diventa piacevole, ma è sempre bene portare con sé un maglione.
A Erice ha sede il Centro di Cultura Scientifica “Ettore Majorana” che, fondato nel 1963, è un importante catalizzatore di iniziative culturali per la città ed è divenuto negli anni un polo di eccellenza nel campo della ricerca scientifica a livello internazionale.
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Situated between the sea and Mount Erice, the ancient Drepanon on the west-coast of Sicily, was the site of a crushing Roman defeat by the Carthaginians, in 249 BC. Erice (Eryx).
Today Trapani is a modern medetirranean fascinating city, a perfect base for a perfect holiday or a beach vacation rental and ideal to explore the most beautiful nearby destinations as:
The marvelous Egadi Islands The medieval atmosphere of Erice The ancient Hellenistic Segesta The wild and beautiful Zingaro nature reserve
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Erice is an unforgettable medieval hilltown with ancient origins in Sicily, close to the port city of Trapani on the island’s western coast. The sober historic town is surrounded by defensive town walls, crowned by a castle, and dominates the surrounding area from its mountainous height of approximately 800 metres above sea level. Erice is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable: EH-richay.
Erice is in such a spectacular, naturally fortified position high above the natural harbour of Trapani, that it is not surprising that the site has been occupied for millennia. It’s perhaps not suprising either, that with the crag’s veil of shifting clouds and air of mystery it was an important sacred site. There was a temple of Venus here which outlasted the different civilisions holding sway in the area. The female divinity to which the shrine was dedicated changed slightly with each culture: Astarte for the Phoenicians, Aphrodite for the Greeks and Venus for the Romans. Fertility rites would probably have taken place on or around the temple site, at the highest point of the town.
Erice was probably founded by the Elymians, a native Sicilian people who also built the nearby town and temple of Segesta. After the Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, the town was later ruled by the Arab, then the Norman rulers of Sicily. For the Arabs it was Gebel-Hamed, for the Normans and their successors Monte San Giuliano, then in the 1930s the town became one of several in Italy to be renamed under Mussolini in honour of its ancient past, and Monte San Giuliano, formerly Eryx, became Erice. Nowadays as well as Catholic churches there are also monuments to new gods on the heights of Erice: gigantic communications masts.
Erice is basically triangular in shape, with steep lanes leading up and around from the Porta Trapani gateway, where you’ll find the cable-car station (more below on transport). This is at one point of the triangle, with the main street, Vittorio Emanuele, leading straight uphill towards the town’s principal square, Piazza Umberto I.
However, the most tempting way to begin is to follow the town walls from Porta Trapani around to the right to reach the Castello di Venere (Castle of Venus), at the wild back of the crags; the furthest point of the triangle. In front is a shady park, the Giardino del Balio, dotted with stone busts. There are good views from here, and a cafe with a nice panoramic terrace.
Mount Etna (; Italian: Etna [ˈɛtna] or Mongibello, Sicilian: Mungibeddu or â Muntagna, Latin: Aetna) is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Province of Catania, between Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions.
It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km2 (459 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. Only Mount Teide in Tenerife surpasses it in the whole of the European–North-African region. In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder and king of gods, and the forges of Hephaestus were said to also be located underneath it.
Segesta (Ancient Greek: Ἔγεστα Egesta; Sicilian: Siggésta) was one of the major cities of the Elymian people, one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily. The other major cities of the Elymians were Eryx and Entella.
It is located in the northwestern part of Sicily in Italy, near the modern comune of Calatafimi-Segesta in the province of Trapani.
The countryside leading up to the Segesta site is gorgeous especially in May when all the fields are in bloom with flowers and it’s not too hot. Worth taking the shuttle bus to the ampitheater…one of few left without modern seating added.
This temple is one of the most stunning sights I have seen! It dates back in the 4th century and noone knows why it was never finished. Not only the temple itself, but tbe surrounding nature is going to leave you speechless.