One of the most beautiful Medieval towns overlooking one of the most liveable cities: a pleasure not to be missed!
For this guided tour we will pick you up from your hotel or b&b with one of our vehicles: with a minimum of 3 people the vehicle is a luxury Mercedes-Benz 4x4 or a comfortable 8-seat minivan! After about 90 minutes we arrive in Erice, welcomed by a Medieval atmosphere as the city really looks like a Medieval one even though... it is far more ancient! Erice is located on top of Mount San Giuliano, at around 750 metres (2,460 feet) above the sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani, the western coast towards Marsala, the dramatic Punta del Saraceno and Capo San Vito to the north-east, and the Aegadian Islands on the north-western coast, providing spectacular views. We find Eryx alluded to by Virgil and other Latin poets as a mountain of the first order of magnitude, associated with Mount Athos (where the Gods lived...) and Mount Etna. On its summit stood a celebrated Temple of Venus or Aphrodite, founded, according to the current legend, by Aeneas. Nowadays Erice is a lovely and lively town with artisans of exceptional quality like weavers and ceramists. On the cultural side, Erice hosts important scientific meetings at the Ettore Majorana centre, and an annual Workshop on Molecular Gastronomy.
After a few-minute drive we arrive in Trapani, also founded by the Elymians to serve as the port of the nearby Erice. It was originally named Drépanon from the Greek word for sickle, because of the curving shape of its harbour. The first thing to do is having lunch, so we have to mention couscous, a traditional Berber dish of steamed semolina (granules of durum wheat). It is traditionally served with a meat or vegetable stew spooned over it. Couscous is a staple food throughout the North African cuisines, but in Trapani it assumes a twist as it is served with fish; furthermore, San Vito Lo Capo, a city in the province of Trapani, hosts annually the internationally-renowned Couscous Fest. Of course one can have all the different dishes typical of the Sicilian cuisine, all with a degree of twist as the richness of our cuisine lies indeed in the fact that any city interprets a recipe in its own way. After lunch we visit the city: even though its ancient origins, much of the old city of Trapani dates from the later Medieval or early modern periods; there are no extant remains of the ancient city. Many of the city’s historic buildings are designed in the Baroque style, which renders the walk in the city centre a joy to the eyes.
Why touring with Palermo Walks? We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our vehicles are checked every month, you can always talk to one of our managers. Our style is based on storytelling, our unique way of sharing with you the history and stories of people, art, culture, food, traditions. Book your tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!
- 9:00 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
- 11:00 Erice
- 13:30 Departure from Erice towards Trapani
- 14:00 Lunch in Trapani or in Erice before departure (not included)
- 15:00 Trapani
- 17:00 Departure from Trapani towards Palermo
- 19:00 Hotel or b&b drop-off