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“Medieval Walled City on Mt. San Giuliano”
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Erice Market
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Owner description: The market offers a wide range of typical products: bread oven cured meats and cheeses blue fin tuna wines from the best local wineries nubia red garlic gluten-free products. Our specialty breads cunzatu.
Reviewed 31 March 2013

Erice is a walled town 700 meters above sea level that I found quite captivating. It is a medieval city frozen in time. The streets are narrow and curved (to slow down wind). The weather changes quickly, perhaps because of the altitude; it was clear when arrived, but by the time lunch was over, fog had rolled in, giving the town an eerie feeling. At the edge of the walled city is an impressive Norman castle, and fantastic vistas. In the few minutes it took us to walk to the castle, the fog had cleared again.

There are lots of little shops, a number of restaurants, and a public restroom just off the main square, Piazza Umberto. We only spent two hours there, but I would love to return and spend a night or two.

We drove nearly all the way to the top of the hill where Erice is, but we still had to do some walking up a steep incline, including stairs, from the parking lot to reach the town center. The Matrice Church was closed for renovation.

Date of experience: March 2013
2  Thank Eclipsegroupie
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

A charming village on top of the city of Trapani.Beautiful views from Erice of the surroundings.Cobbled streets and good restaurants.Lots of small shops that sells local products such as wine,lace, herbs and other things. The castle is built on the cliff.

Date of experience: February 2013
Thank Agatha B
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

Erice is located about an hour west of Palermo, Sicily, going in the direction of Trapani. Prior to driving up to Erice we drove through Trapani and didn't find any interesting. There is a funicular (cable car) that connects Trapani with Erice, and we were told that the ride is about 10min. Since we had a rental car we decided to drive up - lots of switch back curves, but impressive views as you climb. As you arrive at the walled city of Erice there is pay parking at the entrance to the town, because cars are restricted from entering the town. There are cobble stone streets, with photo ops from the start as you walk up hill toward the town center. You'll also see numerous small shops selling a variety of hand made products, plenty of tempting bakeries with good quality desserts and coffee, and there are several restaurants throughout the town. There is an unusual number of large churches, and 3 separate castles perched on the rocky cliffs, with magnificent views of the sea, mountains and cities below on a clear day. If your time is limited, and you want scenic views in a tranquil environment, I would highly recommend Erice, and avoid Trapani and Palermo.

Date of experience: November 2012
4  Thank Bavarianride
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Reviewed 1 December 2012

We loved this charming medieval (walking-only) village perched high on Monte San Guiliano. Start at the Royal Church and obtain a map and multi-language self-guided walking tour brochure (5 euro). Although the interior of the Royal Church is less ornate than many you can visit in Italy, this is still one of our favorites. The intricate woven-lace stucco ceiling simply glows and is nothing short of jaw-dropping. No shortage of souvenir shops, pasticcerias and restaurants to satisfy even the most discerning shopper. Spectacular views down to the sea, especially from King Fredrick’s tower. Take the care-free cable-car up to Erice (Note: Not open until 1pm on Tuesdays, we happened to be there at 9:30am on a Tuesday and were disappointed not to enjoy the leisurely ride) or navigate the switchbacks for an exciting and typically Sicilian ride. (Caution: getting an upgraded car rental proved to be a disadvantage as the turning radius was too great for some of the hairpin turns on the B road we took for the descent from Erice. Fortunately there was no other traffic to witness my 3 point turns!)

Date of experience: October 2012
1  Thank Pat E
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

It is so easy to say that you’ve enjoyed a good pizza but I can guarantee that a truly good pizza in Trapani or Erice is hard to beat. Well, I had to start somewhere to sum up Erice and what better way to put you all in a very beautiful postcard.
A sultry summer evening after sunset, an old piazza with cobble stones, a laid back attitude on the terrazza, al fresco, after a stint of exploration and photography. A glass of local wine with a Pizza Capricciosa, or perhaps an Italian beer with a pasta speciality of the place, Busiati al Pesto Trapanese. For Pete’s sake do try a refreshing glass of latte di mandorla like only the Sicilians make it from their very own almonds. Don’t ever forget to complement your host at the restaurant, it is expected religiously that you show appreciation for the care and the skill in putting a good plate on the table, made of genuine ingredients from the land.

The Mediterranean blesses all the lands on its seaboard and Erice is no exception. You start up the towering heights of Mount Erix from underlying Trapani by cable-car, if you please, and make your way around the medieval Norman city savouring all that meets the eye, artisan shops full of maiolica, lace, old herbs and recipes, local wines, souvenirs and various mementos; all for sale if your luggage could carry it. Then there is the old architecture, the narrow cobbled streets, the churches, the balconies with the characteristic overhanging washing and all along the locals on their doorsteps who are only too willing to help with directions or to get engaged in a chat. You’ll find that whatever your variety of Italian, it is always sufficient to make friendly conversation.

Finally the streets of the city lead to the fortified Castello Pepoli, perched on the mountain top with breathtaking views of Trapani, all the coastline to San Vito lo Capo, the salt pans beyond the harbour as far as the three Egadi Islands in the distance. The formidable Norman fortifications of the Castello itself are a sight to behold in themselves, built precipitously on sheer mountain drops like the fabled towers in fairy tales. Visitors who like to snap away pictures will stop at nothing to fill their chip, more sedate photographers will take their time, take it all in and artistically compose before pushing the trigger,because it is all there for the taking. Which all takes me back to the piazza scene after a lovely and satisfying tour of Erice.

Now you know why I set off with the food.

Date of experience: July 2012
5  Thank Ray V
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