A Day Among the Clouds in Erice

A Day Among the Clouds in Erice, Erice, Italy (B)

Some of my favorite travel experiences have been daytrips, and in Sicily nearly every day felt like a daytrip as we drove around the island, sampling a fraction of the many riches it has to offer. One day in particular that stands out to me was the day we visited the medieval hilltop town of Erice. It felt like we had been transported to a land far, far away from the beaches (and heat) that had occupied the previous few days.

Located near Trapani on the northwest coast of Sicily, the star attraction in Erice is the Castello di Venere, a 12th century Norman castle that juts over the side of the mountain like a siren on the bow of a ship. Built on top of a temple to Venus, it’s long been a site of importance that’s outlasted several different civilizations (including a cult that practiced a form of sacred prostitution!). The town has had various names of the years, its current name coming from the Greek hero Eryx, and what I found particularly interesting is that it was one of several Italian cities that was renamed in the 1930s under Mussolini in honor of its ancient past. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Day Among the Clouds in Erice
Guide Location: Italy » Erice
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Jessica Trumble
Read it on Author's Website: https://boardingpasstraveler.com/2019/05/16/a-day-among-the-clouds-in-erice/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Castello di Venere
  • parking lot near Porta Trapani
  • Viale Conte Pepoli
  • funvia
  • Balio gardens
  • Pasticceria Maria Grammatico
  • Duomo dell’Assunta
  • Museo del Sale