Erice Segesta trapani GO TO TRAPANI AND ERICE PRIVATE TOUR
Duomo of Erice
Trapani salt flats and millls
Trapani salt deposit
Ancient temple of Segesta
The Greeks, the Romans, the Saracens, the Normans – they all squabbled over the pretty hook-shaped harbour of Trapani. And no wonder. Packed with reminders of its long and colourful past, this place offers up great sights, waist-bustingly good seafood and bags of that irresistible Sicilian charm. It’s a west coast corner to fall head over heels for. It’s also packed with historical sites like a 700-year-old church and the Castle of Venus.The food in these parts is out of this world. Try Trapani’s speciality, cous-cous, usually served with soup and a selection of fresh-from-the-net fish. Simply delicious.
To see the best of Sicily, you have to climb to great heights. And on this trip you'll do exactly that. After a coach drive to the cable station, you’ll take the cable car up to the top of a mountain. Take in the view out over the Trapani salt pans, the turquoise sea and all the way to the Egadi Islands - it's breathtaking.... While you're up here, you'll explore the Medieval town that is Erice. Wander the winding cobbled streets. Visit the Mother Church that's stood here for over 700 years. And admire the Castle of Venus where the son of Athena, goddess of love, built a temple in his mother's honour. But save some sighs for the gorgeous Balio Gardens in all their rainbow bright glory. Last but not least you'll have time to enjoy the atmosphere in Erice’s dinky plazaErice 800 m above sea level. Settled by the Elymians and retained an important religious site associated with Goddess of fertility. From this incredible medieval village it is possible to enjoy the view of the bay of Trapani , marble quarries and salt makers. Erice is a small town with a population of a few hundred that multiplies during summer
Travel back in time to the days of Aristotle and Alexander the Great with a visit to Segesta. Tucked among Sicily's mountains in a cushiony-green valley, this abandoned city is a throwback to a time when Zeus and his mythical friends ruled the roost. And while it was founded by the Elimi - some of the island's native... people - it was the Greeks that finished it off and made it the most important town in Western Sicily. Today, with its magnificent Doric temple taking pride of place in the centre of the valley, it's one of the best-preserved Greek archaeological sites in the world. Speaking of temples, this one's made of marble, supported by 36 Doric columns and it's stood in this spot since the 5th century BC - hard to believe it was constructed before the days of power drills and stone cutters. While you're here, you'll also pay a visit to the amphitheatre that curves around the slopes of Mount Barbarian. Built during the Hellenistic age and restored by the Romans, it's still used today. Every summer people crowd into its 20 tiers of seats to watch Greek tragedies played out in Italian. And even if you don't come here for the history, it's worth a visit for the views alone. Cue a widescreen panorama of mountains, rolling valleys and an ancient city left ruined by the tides of time