The small medieval town of Erice sits high on the top of Monte San Giuliano overlooking Trapani in Western Sicily.
As we follow the narrow windy road to the top, my pleas to stop for a photo fall on deaf ears until thankfully, just near a field of bright red poppies, there is room to pull over! Poppies cover the island of Sicily and in early summer they brighten the landscape wherever we go.
Erice is the quintessential tourist village. Just inside the Porta Trapani, we see the beautiful old stone church, the Chiesa Madre that was built in 1314. It has pride of place in the square with its bell tower at its side.
From there we meander through the paved alleyways and narrow streets of the town.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main street, is lined with souvenir and pastry shops, none more famous than the Pasticerria di Maria Grammatico. Drool over plates of home made biscotti in the window then descend into the shop to buy a selection for the trip home.
Erice can often have its head in the clouds but on a clear day, the views are spectacular.
Need to know:
A cable car runs from Trapani to Erice- weather permitting
Walking maps of Erice can be obtained from the tourist information office.