Charm, stories, traditions, and beauty from the past are all suggestions and charm. All this can be felt while you walk through the streets of Erike, which is a village that ranks among the most beautiful in Italy. The poet Virgil cites Erice as a part of his most famous work, Aeneid. This makes Erice a stop on the journey of the Trojan hero Aeneas; this hero is also the mythical founder and protector of Rome.
Let’s start our tour at Porta Trapani to discover Erice. We will walk through the alleyways and squares, surrounded by churches and palaces. Open spaces reveal magnificent landscapes. Erice is known for its many churches. In fact, it was once called the city with 100 churches. Although there are fewer churches in Erice, many should be seen. We will be highlighting the Mother Church which is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Its quadrangular bell tower has mullioned windows and serves the purpose of sighting and defense. The right wall of the church has nine crosses. Legend has it that these crosses are from the temple of Venus. They were carried by Frederick of Aragon who was a runaway during the War of the Vespers.