The small medieval town of Erice sits high on the top of Monte San Giuliano overlooking Trapani in Western Sicily.
As we follow the narrow windy road to the top, my pleas to stop for a photo fall on deaf ears until thankfully, just near a field of bright red poppies, there is room to pull over! Poppies cover the island of Sicily and in early summer they brighten the landscape wherever we go.
Poppy fields on the way to Erice
 
Erice is the quintessential tourist village. Just inside the Porta Trapani, we see the beautiful old stone church, the Chiesa Madre that was built in 1314. It has pride of place in the square with its bell tower at its side.  
Chiesa Madre in Erice
 
From there we meander through the paved alleyways and narrow streets of the town. 
Erice in Sicily
 
Streets of Erice in Sicily
 
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main street, is lined with souvenir and pastry shops, none more famous than the Pasticerria di Maria Grammatico. Drool over plates of home made biscotti in the window then descend into the shop to buy a selection for the trip home.
Pasticerria di Maria Grammatico in Erice
 
 
Biscotti at Pasticerria di Maria Grammatico In Erice
 
Biscotti at Pasticerria di Maria Grammatico In Erice
 

Biscotti at Pasticerria di Maria Grammatico In Erice
Our selection of biscotti
Mamma Maria
Mamma Maria wraps our biscotti!

 
 
Erice can often have its head in the clouds but on a clear day, the views are spectacular.

View towards Monte Coffano and San Vito from Erice
View towards Monte Coffano and San Vito from Erice

 
Need to know:
A cable car runs from Trapani to Erice- weather permitting
Closed Mondays

Walking maps of Erice can be obtained from the tourist information office.

 
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