Erice Castle
Key Details
Duration
8 hours
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
English

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What You'll Do
  • Visit the ruins of Segesta
  • Discover the melting pot of Italy's many ancient cultures
  • Visit a local olive oil factory
  • Explore Erice, an ancient religious site
  • Learn about saltpanning
Overview
Enjoy a full-day tour from Palermo that takes in Segesta and the lovely village of Erice, famous for Venus Castle and marzipan. Enjoy a visit to an olive oil factory.
What to Expect
Sicily has been home to so many diverse cultures over the centuries that visiting it can feel like peering through a window into the world’s history book. Arabs, Normans, Staufers, Greeks, and the Spanish have all had their time in power here.

Some of the first settlers were the Elymians, who are believed to have come from Anatolia, and are descendants of the Trojans. Mythologies aside, these almost indigenous Sicilians are the subject of your private tour today.

Departing from a central location in Palermo, you will drive up Mount Eryx to Erice, a spectacular hill town with a web of atmospheric streets.

An important religious site, it soon became associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its tangle of ancient streets and visit some of the cake shops, world-famous for their marzipan candies and delicacies such as almond and pistachio pastry. You will want to sample some of the goods and buy a few to eat as you journey.

Travel to Trapani to tour the historic saltpan works, where the ancient tradition of harvesting salt from the sea is still practiced. You will see the unique landscape up close as you drive along the Salt Way Road.

You will also visit a local local olive oil factory. In the afternoon you will continue your exploration of the Elymians with a visit to Segesta, one of their most important cities until Vandals destroyed it hundreds of years ago. The ruins that remain include a well-preserved Doric temple and a lovely amphitheater. The setting, in rolling countryside and with views stretching down to the sea, is spectacular.
 
Finally, you'll return to Palermo.
What's Included
  • Air-conditioned bus
  • Olive oil factory tour
  • Light lunch at olive oil factory
What's Not Included
  • Licensed tourist guide - available for an additional fee upon request
  • Gratuities
  • Additional beverages
  • Admission fees - around 10 EUR per person, per attraction.
Meeting Point

Palermo, Piazza Ruggero Settimo 15 (between the Hotel Politeama and Prada store), at 08:30. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
When 5 participants or fewer take part, the tour is led by a driver/escort.

The driver/ escort is not a licensed tourist guide, so he cannot escort you inside the monuments, according to Italian tourism laws.

If 6 participants or more take part, this tour includes a tour director.

The price of this tour does not include admission fees to the attractions - around 10 EUR per person, per attraction.

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