Scurati and the Mangiapane Cave
In the locality of Scurati, there is a small village dominated by the cliffs of Mount Cofano and surrounded by natural caves, some of which are used by shepherds and local farmers. The largest, the Mangiapane cave, has a tiny hamlet built inside it along a corridor paved with stones and pebbles. It is named […]
Cofano Mount Nature Reserve - Custonaci
It protects the suggestive promontory of Cofano Mount which, pointed like a little mount Cervino (Matterhorn), stands out over the sea between the Gulfs of Bonagia and Makari, hosting about 651 varieties which, in turn, belong to 83 vegetation species. Here the meadows of ampelodesma (a typical Mediterranean plant) and the palmetto scrubland still preserve, […]
Built in the late sixteenth century, the sanctuary is the town’s most representative monument, the site of an ancient cult and a pilgrimage destination. The façade with a portal of pointed arches and rose window and its neo-Gothic interior are manifestations of the latest refurbishment works which took place in the early twentieth century. Of […]
Scurati and the Mangiapane Cave
It was inhabited by humans since the Upper Paleolithic and it’s one of the most important caves in the territory of Trapani. Located in Scurati, at an altitude of approximately 60  meters above sea level, about 70 meters high and 50 meters deep, it houses a small and delightful rural village, inhabited until the early […]
Le numerose edicole sacre, in dialetto fiuredde in riferimento alla figura sacra che vi è contenuta, sono espressione di una spontanea religiosità popolare che si manifesta con l’usanza di accendere ceri e di ornare l’edicola con palme, fiori, drappi nella festività del Santo a cui è dedicata e in altre ricorrenze religiose. We are not talking about jewels […]
Tonnara and Cofano tower
Situated in a natural setting of extraordinary beauty opposite the rock of the ‘Scialandro’ and close to ‘Cape of the Cross’, the former Cofano ‘tonnara’ already existed in 1404, when is was owned by the Bosco family. It was inhabited until the mid-twentieth century. As the main source of economic livelihood for the fishermen of […]
Celebration of Our Lady of Custonaci
There is a strong bond between the people in the area surrounding Erice and ‘Our Lady of Custonaci’,  her being patron to numerous other townships that once belonged to the municipality of Erice. The festivities in her honour take place the last week of August, beginning on Sunday and ending on Wednesday with a solemn […]
Trapani, Spada and Carmine gates
Along the city walls can still be seen 3 gates called Trapani, Carmine and Spada. Porta Trapani: so named because it looks towards Trapani. It has an ogival shape and is placed between two solid bastions. Porta Spada is situated in the northern part; its name is due to the massacre of the Angevins who were […]
Balio Gardens - Erice
This public “English-style” garden was created in 1872 by the count Agostino Pepoli on the basis of an agreement with the City Administration: reclaiming a landfill area and rebuilding the towers in front of the Castle, they would have remained his own property. So the breathtaking views are the backdrop for perimeter boxes of flower-beds […]
Pottery - Erice
After the Second World War some local entrepreneurs, thanks to a ceramic tradition handed down in Sicily over the centuries, started also in Erice a production of pottery, using techniques which have been passed down and tested over the years, but decorated by hand with soft colours and an original style. This kind of pottery […]