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  • 1 Main church (Chiesa matrice) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via Rabata I - 91016 Erice

    Beside la Porta Trapani, this church was built in the 14C with raw materials from the temple of venus. This is a church of giant epic proportions crowned with crenelations. The façade has a rose window cut into it and a Gothic portico which was added..

  • 2 High walls (Mura Elimo-Puniche) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Rabata I - 91016 Erice

    The perimeter wall was built over the old Carthusian fortifications and used to close off the North-East of the town. You will find the best preserved sections of the wall along the Via Addolorata.

  • 3 Cordici museum (Museo Cordici)

    Museums and art

    Piazza Umberto-I I - 91016 Erice

    This small museum is set up in the town-hall and accommodates collection of art and archaeology. Don't miss the very beautiful Annunciation set by Antonello Gagini dating to 1525. The library houses manuscripts and some incunabulum.

  • 4 Balio Garden

    Nature and gardens

    Via Roma I - 91016 Erice

    This beautiful garden surrounds Norman-built towers of the same name and the Castello di Venere. The garden offers a beautiful view over Mount Cofano, Trapani and the Egadi Islands, and on a good day it is possible to make out Cap Bon in Tunisia, 170..

  • 5 Venus Castle (Castello di Venere)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Castello-di-Venere I - 91016 Erice

    This castle is situated right at the top of the mountain, over looking the sea and the plain. The building was built by the Normans but the site has been occupied since antiquity. The temple of Venus Eryx, the Goddess guardian of the navigators was o..

  • 6 Saint Ursula's Church (Santa Orsola)

    Religious buildings

    Porta Spada I - 91016 Erice

    This church built in 1413 retains is Gothic structure, with its ribbed vaulting and shelters the statues of the Mysteries used in Good Friday processions.

  • 7 Spanish Barracks

    Nature and gardens

    Porta Spada I - 91016 Erice

    From the top of this unfinished building standing beyond the church of St Ursula and outside the walls, there is a beautiful panoramic view of the hinterland, the bay of Monte Cofano and the tonnara of Bonagia below.

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