A visit to Erice (pronounced Air-Ree-Chey) starts at its approach, from a distance. To truly understand Erice’s energy, you must understand its position, as a location in the northwest corner of Sicily and more importantly, as a towering natural lighthouse when arriving from the southwest in a boat where the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas meet.
The passion of Jesus is expressed through statue scenes that are carried through the medieval streets of Erice on Good Friday. This is one example of such life-like sculptures that are processed through many towns that host such a traditional. Trapani is another outstanding place to witness “I Misteri.”
Untamed nature reserves with majestic vistas of mountains and sea greeted me at Monte Cofano and Lo Zingaro in Trapani province. Wow, this day took my breath away! Hiking is Sicily can be simply walking or it can be more challenging, depending on what you seek. We’ll show you the way with or without a…
The stucco ceiling of the mother church of Erice was designed to recall the revered lace and tadding craftsmanship created for centuries by the women of the walled, mountain-top city.
Normally, I avoid posting two food pictures in succession, but I wanted to thank journalist Sharon McDonnell for including me in her latest story for Fodor’s Travel about bizarrely-named foods! (Thank you!) When McDonnell asked for such examples, these biscotti immediately came to mind. Called Lingua di Suocera, or Mother-Law’s Tongue, perhaps this pastry gets…
Ciao from Stunning Sicily, Day 11! Crossing to western Sicily is dramatic. The landscape changes west of Palermo. Steep and sweeping mountains rose before us along the Costa Gaia. Views of Castellammare del Golfo offered wonder (and great photo opportunities!), but so too do those from the top of Mount San Giuliano, which hosts Erice….
Some of the best moments when traveling are just sitting in a caffè in a piazza under the shade of an umbrella. This one is in Erice (Trapani Province).
Erice is a capital of love, so yes, it’s obligatory to kiss (even yourself!) when you come upon these signs sprinkled around the medieval Sicilian village that for centuries hosted a Sanctuary for Aphrodite and Venus.
Buon Ferragosto! (The town beach at Custonaci at the foot of Monte Colfano)
During our October 2021 Stunning Sicily small group tour, we’ll not only have interaction with local people, stimulating cultural experiences, eat scrumptious seasonal cuisine, and get up close to the freshly fallen ash of Mount Etna (She’s safe! Don’t fret!), but we’ll also have time to wander the alleyways of towns such as Taormina, Siracusa,…