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.
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