A Walk Through Erice

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Erice is located on top of Mount Erice, Sicily – approximately 750m above sea level on the islands north western coast.
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The main church is the first sight visitors see upon walking through Erice’s gates.
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A climb up to the top of the church’s bell tower offers spectacular views.
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But remember, it’s windy at the top of the bell tower.
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Winding up through Erice’s narrow (and steep) brick streets interesting shops with colorful souvenirs catch the eye.  Below, an antique loom displays how local weavings were once made.
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The tee shirt above is a Mafia reference…remember, we’re in Sicily.
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Two castles remain in the city, one of them being used as a modern hotel.
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Over the edge of the cliffs, the different colors in the salt fields are clearly evident.
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Looking down the mountainside next to the castle, one can almost imagine what it must have been like to spy invading forces from the guard towers.
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There’s nothing better than being serenaded by accordion while sitting in a decorative caretto Siciliano…really.
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While there’s much history to be found in Erice, for me the best part is the view over the mountain.
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And what a view it is!

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Susan Van Allen June 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Grazie for the great photos! The Castello was built over a Temple that was dedicated to Venus…Can you imagine the ceremonies that took place there in ancient times…with that stunning view?

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katrinamauro June 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for that tidbit about the temple to Venus Susan, I did not know that. Erice is one of my favorite places in Sicily, so relaxing and beautiful!

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