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Introduction

The castles of Erice

The castles of Erice

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Erice is called a city but seems more like a hill-top village. It is thousands of feet above Trapani and in the summer the relative cool must be heavenly. However it is great in anything other than mist for its superlative views. Sadly it does get more than its share of mist.

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Sights and Activities

The streets are a delight. Unlike so much of Sicily the general impression is not ruined by ugly blocks of flats.

  • Two Norman castles are stunning.
  • The Duomo, the Mother Church and a number of other churches are well worth seeing.
  • The viewsover the coast and over the city of Trapani are excellent.
  • The streets and shops are well owrth several wanders

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Getting There

There is an aerial runway from Trapani open most of the year and local buses also run between the two towns. Any trip out of Erice requires getting to Trapani first.

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Eat

See 'Sleep.'

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
B&B Baglio Degli UliviVia Castellammare - Crocevie, 267 ValdericeGUESTHOUSE-
B&B de CleliaViale delle Province Casa Santa, 25GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Erice MareVia Darete, 47 rinominata via LedaGUESTHOUSE-
Belvedere B&BVia Medea 2/BGUESTHOUSE-
Borgo di Pietra BiancaVia Canalotti, 52 BallataGuesthouse-
Erice Antico BorgoVia Guarnotti 10, EriceGUESTHOUSE-
Erice Pietre Antichevia fontana,12guesthouse-
Il CarminePiazza del CarmineGuesthouse90
La PinetaViale Nunzio Nasi s/nHotel-
La Porta del BalioVia Dottor Cusenza 2 - 91016 - Erice - TPGuesthouse-
La VettaVia San Rocco, 1APARTMENT-
Tenuta PizzolungoContrada San CusumanoGUESTHOUSE-
Casa RusticaVia Carlo Rosselli, 38 Ballata, Erice (TP)APARTMENT-
Penelopevia S.Anna 96 TrapaniGUESTHOUSE-
Bed and Breakfast BelvedereVia Medea 2/B Erice Casa SantaGUESTHOUSE-

Mid-Range

The Hotel Pineta is in a great situation for views and its rooms are in separate buildings scattered round reception and the restaurant. Breakfast is included in the price and diner is available all year; lunch is also served in summer.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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