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Excursion 4: Corners of Erice By Cable Car
Tour Code: TPS-005
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)

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Departing from the pier, you will embark on a drive through the Sicilian countryside to the cable car station where a cable car will take you on a 15-minute journey up the mountainside to Erice, a typical Sicilian town that overlooks Trapani and the Mediterranean Sea from its high perch. This unique and fascinating city offers up incredible panoramic views of the surrounding region and the archipelago of Egadi, along with giving visitors a glimpse of what life was like here centuries ago in the medieval aspect of its buildings, its alleyways, churches and its well-preserved walls.

The town gets its name from Venere Ericina, the goddess of fertility. Legend tells us that it was here almost ten centuries ago that the son of Venus and Poseidon established a town and built a temple to honor his mother, the goddess of love. During your visit you will have the opportunity to stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the historical town center, enjoying the magical ambience found in its well-preserved centuries-old buildings, hidden courtyards filled with colorful flowers and small handicraft shops. You will also see the 12th century Cathedral, the Balio Gardens and the Venus Castle.

Before returning to the cable car station where your return trip to Trapani begins, you will have some free time to explore this charming town where time seems to stand still and hidden treasures can be found around each corner.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of walking which at times can be strenuous, plus any additional walking at the guest's discretion during free time. The walking in the town is often over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and may not be suitable for those who suffer from a fear of heights or those with mobility concerns. When visiting the Cathedral, knees and shoulders must be covered. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. A light sweater or jacket, sun caps; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. In the event the cable car cannot operate due to weather or operational issues, the tour will run by coach as tour TPS-004.

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