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Full Day Day Trip to Erice and Segesta

Erice and Segesta day trip Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-00484
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : N/A
  • Departs from : Sicily

Description

On this tour we visit two of the most historic and picturesque cities in Sicily: Erice and Segesta. Our first stop will be at the magnificent Temple of Segesta. It was built by the Elimian, an old population whose origins maybe are Turkish but were later colonized by the Greeks to become one of the most important Greek colonies on the west side of Sicily.
 
We then move on to the medieval town of Erice, situated 880 metres above the sea level and surrounded by ancient Elimi and Phoenician walls on the northeastern side of the city. Two castles make for a spectacular skyline, Pepoli Castle, with foundations dating from Saracen times, and Venus Castle, dating from the Norman era but built on ruins of the ancient Temple of Venus. Surrounded by a lush park, the hilltop castles alone are worth a stop in Erice, which offers charming old stone streets and medieval churches. Pepoli Castle was at first a feudal stronghold, though Erice was eventually ceded to the Crown as a demesnial city. The view from the castle towers is stupendous. Though both castles have been modified somewhat over the centuries, they still have that distinctively medieval character one expects of such fortresses.
 
It is also interesting to visit the Cathedral built in the 1300 in Gothic Catalan style with mirable decorations where we can see the picture of the famous black Virgin venerated in the area. We will stroll the village and taste the famous marzipan cakes made with almonds in different flavors (pistachio, pinots, orange, lemon and so on..) by the famous pastry shop "Grammatico".
 
 

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Detailed explanation of sites
  2. English speaking professional tour guide
  3. Entrance Fees

What's Not Included

  1. Gratuities of any type
  2. Lunch

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