Province of Trapani

The name Erice derives from Erix, a mythological character who was the son of Aphrodite and Bute, and who was killed by Hercules.

Erice is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and its centre is located on the top of Mount Erice. The name of the village derives from Erix, a mythological character who was the son of Aphrodite and Bute, and who was killed by Hercules. This village is very suggestive and charming thanks to lots of fascinating monuments. Norman Castle is known as the Castle of Venus, and dominates the area near Erice. It contains incredible architectural elements from Roman, Medieval and Norman periods that document the course of its history. Another important castle you shouldn’t miss is the Pepoli Castle, that today is a lively space that hosts various cultural events. Built in 1872 the Balio Garden is located around the Castle of Venus; it has an English style, noted for its many pines, cypresses, ash trees and almond trees. From the Balio Garden you can admire a breathtaking view of the salt pans of Trapani, the Egadi archipelago and the coasts of Marsala.

Walking through the narrow streets of the village you can find many stores filled with beautiful handcrafted souvenirs such as the popular ceramics produced according to ancient tradition and the traditional handmade carpets made from coloured cotton strips.

The most famous local foods you have to taste are the Bocconcini (marzipan sweets with jam and cedar liqueur), the genovese alla crema (sweet pastry with icing sugar) and the mustaccioli (biscuits made in a convent of cloistered).

People live here:


Typical food:


Genovese alla crema



Baglio Adragna, 19th century

Case Giliberti, 19th century

How to get there:

By Car:

From Palermo

Follow E90 and A29dir/E933 to Trapani. Take Strada Provinciale Torrebianca and SP3 to Via Antonio Cordici

From Trapani

Get on Strada Provinciale 31/SP31. Continue on SP3. Take Via Vito Carvini to Via Antonio Cordice.

By Bus:

From Trapani

AST bus line (40 mins) tickets from €2,70 or you can choose the ropeway, tickets from €5,50 or €9,00 day and return.


Hotel Elimo 3 *

Hotel San Domenico 3 *

Hotel Tirreno 3 *

Resort I Mulini 4 *

Hotel Baia dei Mulini 4 *

Hotel Convento Erice  3 *

Apartments Erice Pietre Antiche

Hotel Il Carmine 1 *

Hotel Moderno 3 *

Residence Casa Vacanze Erice

Hotel San Giovanni 2 *

Approdo Hotel3 *

Via Enea, 91016 Pizzolungo TP

Ph. 0039 0923 571555

Hotel La Pineta  3 *

Viale Nunzio Nasi, 91016 Erice, Sicilia, Italia

Ph. 0039 0923 860127

Hotel Edelweiss  2 *

Piazza San Domenico, 91016 Erice TP

Ph. 0039 0923 869420


Gli Archi di San Carlo

Via San Carlo, 10, 91016 Erice, Sicilia, Italia

Mobile: +39 393392346579

Pasticceria San Carlo                                                                                                                                                                        

Maria Grammatico 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Antica pasticceria del convento  

via Guarnotti, Erice, Sicilia, Italia

Ph. + 39 0923869777

                                                                                                                                                         Virus La Birreria

Via Manzoni 66/A, 91016 Erice, Sicilia, Italia

Mobile: +39 329 8118937


7, v. Lenzi, Erice, Sicilia, Italia

Bistrot da Gaspare Urso

Trattoria Vista Mare

Monte San Giuliano

Ristorante Borgo Lenzi

Boca Pizzeria

Ristorante La Pentolaccia

La Prima Dea

Osteria di venere

Via Roma, 91016 Erice, Sicilia, Italia

Ph. +39 0923869362

Caffè ristorante San rocco 

Via guarnotta, 23, Erice, Sicilia, Italia

Ph. +39 0923-86-93-37

Caffe Maria

Antica salumeria quartara

Via Alessandro Manzoni 112, 91016 Casa Santa, Erice, Sicilia, Italia

Ph. +39 0923539200


the village has stunning beaches