Glorious Trapani, Segesta and Erice
Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
19Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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We were starving and our group got a very special treat to go to a famous local restaurant in Erice called the Tonnara di Bonagia. That is where they used to can tuna and it is a spectacular place overlooking the harbor and ocean. Olga of course, immediately went into hiding as she cannot stand the smell of fish
We explored the ancient hilltop town of Erice. Upon seeing Pepoli Castle soaring 2,500 feet above the sea, the Norman architecture may lead you to believe that this is a town out of the Middle Ages, but, in fact, this exquisite hill-top town has origins that reach back to prehistory. There is evidence of a cult to a goddess of fertility, Venus Erycina, that can still be seen inside the castle, along with a sacred well and Roman bath. The Norman walls encircling the town incorporate original Phoenician fortifications – you can still see letters from the Phoenician alphabet carved in their surface. We strolled upwards in the heat along winding, cobblestone streets to grand squares with 14th-century churches and wander atmospheric byways dotted with English-style gardens. During some free time we did some souvenir shopping and had an ice cream. We also tried out the famous marzipan pastries.
Then we went to the famous Patisserie Maria Grammatico to have the Genovesi, the best cookie with custard we have ever eaten in our lives. Worth going to Erice for!!!
The views were incredidble. On the return to the ship, a photo stop will be made at the "Saline," salt marshes with their trademark windmills. Here some of the original Archimedes ‘screws’ – pumps designed to move water in the process of salt extraction – have been restored. Salt from these marshes makes an intriguing and useful souvenir.
We also saw the Good Friday Procession in Erice and Trapani. It was so great! After this full day, we are just enjoying sitting outside at the Terrace Cafe and have a very small dinner.