D1124 Kmabout 5,30 hoursMinimum 2 People40€ per person
Trapani (central station, passo stazione)
Pedalling towards Erice: one of the most beautiful and ancient villages of Sicily and, along with Segesta, the most important town of the ancient Elymians. Placed at the top of the mountain of the same name, at 751 metres above sea level, it affords a breath-taking view of the Egadi Islands, Trapani and the entire hinterland. Entering from Porta Trapani, we find the Cathedral and from there in a maze of cobbled streets, between churches, squares, ancient courtyards, historic buildings, restaurants and pastry shops, we will visit the old town until we reach the Castle of Venus, an old defensive bulwark located on top of the cliff that surrounds the town. From the walls of the castle, you can see the entire coastline from Marsala to San Vito Lo Capo and, when the visibility is excellent, even the islands of Ustica to the north and Pantelleria to the south.
Today Erice can boast the prestigious title of City of Science thanks to the Ettore Majorana Scientific Culture Centre that was founded here in 1963.
In addition to rug making, Erice has a great tradition in pastry, inherited from the nuns skilled in the preparation of nougat, cassata and sweets made with almond paste. Not to be missed is a visit to the Grammatico pastry shop where Mrs. Maria has cultivated this ancient art with excellent results.