I’m working on compiling a list of 10 things you have to do in Sicily or Italy or . . . Well, I’m not quite sure <technicalities> Stay tuned! (In case you missed it, it should end up looking something like my 10 Favorites from L.A.). Whether you are planning a trip to Sicily/Italy or just want to live vicariously through a wanderluster (and then eat pasta afterward for dinner, duh!) you’ll want to check out these posts. (More on Florence, Segesta, and Rome soon)
Anyway, this quaint and adorable Sicilian town appears to be straight out of a movie set. No joke. I touched buildings and looked down alleys just to make sure. (Buildings are secure.) I made a return visit with my family, as well. This served two purposes. For one, we are now certain Disney isn’t even behind this seemingly perfect, little town (Disney kills it with their ability to transfix the mundane and their attention to detail). Two, this place is too cute for words. So, we took way too many pictures, and I confirmed that Erice must go on the TOP 10 list. (Didn’t I decide lists were useless in my last post? Verdict’s still out. What do you think? They do get our attention. Let’s shelf this issue.)
Let me give you a little deeper look into my Erice adventures.
Erice is located on the tippy-top of a mountain that overlooks the city we reside in: Trapani. So it, undoubtedly, has spectacular views! Below are the pictures to prove it.
This little town (today it has about 300 inhabitants) has gone through a lot in its past—including name changes and architectural makeovers depending on its dwellers. As you step onto the cobblestone streets, you step back in time to the Medieval Ages (or further) with the ability to explore its many churches, castles, and bell tower. It’s seriously so charming!
(Warning: Girls I advise you to wear flats. I am a heels girl and am completely impractical when it comes to fashion. The roads are all adorably adorned with stone, making perfect pictures, but imperfect falls in heels. And, yes I am speaking from experience. You can see in the pictures. First time—heels. Second time, lesson learned—flats.)
There are two castles here in Erice, the first being the Castle of Venus (Castello di Venere). This castle was built upon the Temple of Venus supposedly founded by Aeneas and the home of many cult-like practices. Legend has it that animals chosen for sacrifice would voluntarily walk up to be killed. (Creepy!) But that’s just a legend—or is it?
During the “winter” months, Erice is much cooler (like 15 degrees cooler) than the bottom of the mountain and overcast with an eerie grey hovering shadow instead of cotton candy like clouds. The locals actually call the swirling, dark clouds “Kisses of Venus.” I, myself, prefer cotton-candy clouds and bubble-gum dreams.
However, the somber setting presents the perfect backdrop for espresso and pastries. Take your favorite book or favorite person with you and enjoy a world-renown genovesi. Ya’ll, its like a flaky, buttery, shortbread version of a lava cake. It melts in your mouth and is perfect. (I’m drooling typing this.) Go to La Pasticceria di Maria Grammatico for a taste! (Pictures below)
Ok, we’ve covered history and food. . .now to the good stuff. . .FASHION! Check out what I wore BOTH times I visited and the fabulous views below!
One last thing. There are two ways to arrive at the top. You can’t go wrong either way. The first time we drove. You wind around tiny roads but get to see gorgeous views along the way. The second option is to ride a Gondola (you can see why I thought Disney might be involved, right?). The ride takes about ten minutes—it’s pretty quick! It fit our family (there were 6 of us at the time) perfectly. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy some more pictures . . . (And schedule a trip to Italy/Sicily ASAP!)