Italy is always a popular destination. There are really many different towns and villages you can visit once there. One of the best period to visit Italy is, in my opinion, spring or autumn, especially if you want to avoid the crowds and cold weather.
One of the towns you may want to visit is Erice.
Erice is a historic town in the province of Trapani in Sicily located on top of Mount Erice at 750 meters above sea level. The best period to visit Erice is spring or summer because of the incredible view you can have from the top.
The town of Erice is especially known for the castle of Venus. The castle stands on the very top of mount Erice and was built by the Normans in the 12th century.
Due to its strategic position, the castle was built with defensive purposes in mind. For this reason, it was surrounded by great walls and some towers were added.
In the past the towers were connected to the castle by a drawbridge, which was then replaced with a stairway.
How can you get to Erice?
There are many options available. You can reach Erice by car, if you like to drive in narrow streets, or you can reach Erice on foot or by bike if you’re an active type. However, the most popular way to reach Erice is surely by cable car.
Cable car links Trapani to Erice. It brings you to Erice in 10 minutes, minutes you can spend looking at the breathtaking surrounding landscape. Round-trip tickets cost 9 euros per person.
Another thing you should visit while in Erice is the Cordici museum.
In this museum there are many important historic artifacts concernig the town of Erice. Among them, there is a marble head of Sphrodite and a group of sculptures concerning the Annunciation by Antonello Gagini.
You can also admire several paintings, many of them made by Alberto Augugliaro, gold and silver objects, and some weapons from the 19th century donated to the museum by the Coppolas.
Have you already visited Erice? Did you like it?
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