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Castello de Venere

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Address: Erice, Sicily, Italy
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Medieval Castle High on a Mountain

We traveled to magical Erice at the end of November and stayed there for 24 hours. There really is not much to see inside the castle since it's all ruins but the views are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2016
Stuttgart, Germany
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Langley, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Erice was beautiful! Somehow our gps directed us up the crazy steep, nail biting switchback trail up the mountain... when we got to the top we discovered that there was a much more civilized road to take up & down the mountain! We loved the cobble stone paths throughout the quaint town and enjoyed wandering around through all the little... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best part of the castle is the outside and surrounding viewpoints and park. It is impressive in its presence and part of this gem of a village. Outstanding views, fabulous sunsets and beautiful gardens. Both the castle and gardens are lit a night, perfect for a stroll.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Erice is beyond description. It's way up in the sky. Going up it's steep winding road was a bit scary for a person who hates heights, but once there you lose yourself enjoying the narrow tiled streets, old castles, churches, tiny shops.... the restaurants in the square and along its streets...and the food.... typically Sicilian. The surrounding views are breathtaking.It... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We traveled to magical Erice at the end of November and stayed there for 24 hours. There really is not much to see inside the castle since it's all ruins but the views are breathtaking and you can see the salt flats of Tripani and Egadi Islands. Also, the outside of this medieval castle all lit up at night is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The view from this area is spectacular. We didn't visit the castle itself but this cosy neighborhood is more than worth the walk uphill. Although there were a lot of tourists in Erice at the time of our visit, the park and the viewpoint were quiet so we could really enjoy the view from this special place, right in-between the... More 

Thank Maarten V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

I went here in 1978 and meet my family, I'm from America and my paternal grandfather is from here. I meet my entire family and it was wonderful. The town is splendid, my granddad used to mend the streets when he was young and then became a cobbler around 20, then came to America through Ellis Island. I'm going back... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Nice walk through the old city of Erice, great view to from the castle all sides (national park on North, Trapani on South). Worth seeing!

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Yomitan-son, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I want to see this sight since we've seen so many churches. The castle ruins themselves were not that impressive, but it was the surrounding views that made this stop worth it. The view of Trapani coast towards Monte Cafano was worth it alone!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Okay, so the castle is nothing special (castles - wise) but just the whole town, the atmosphere and views are so very worth visiting. A small town with narrow streets and brick walls on top of the hill - it's magical. The castle itself is fine but the scenic views of it and from it are spectacular. One of my... More 

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Pijnacker, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Nice ruins of this old castle, but it's just bricks. Nothing to really recognize besides the walls. A bit disappointing for 4 euros a person. I really like visiting old Castles / ruins, but this was a bit disappointing / nothing special. It only looks good from the outside (make some nice pictures) bit going into the castle isn't needed.

Thank Robert V

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