Erice attractions

Castle in Erice

Castello di Venere

This 12th- to 13th-century Norman castle was built over the Temple of Venus, long a site of worship for the ancient Elymians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Nowadays the castle's rooms are off-limits, but visitors …
Cathedral in Erice


Of Erice's 60-odd churches, the Duomo is the most interesting. It was built in 1312 by order of a grateful Frederick III, who had sheltered in Erice during the Sicilian Vespers uprising (1282–1314). The interior was…
Church in Erice

Chiesa di San Giuliano

Built by the Normans in the 11th century, this church later underwent extensive reconstruction, including the addition of an 18th-century baroque belltower. The interior holds a collection of religious sculptures (t…
Church in Erice

Chiesa di San Martino

Originally built in Gothic style in the 14th century, this church was demolished and completely rebuilt in the late 1600s. Its bright white interior is punctuated by an elegantly carved 18th-century wooden choir and…
Church in Erice

Chiesa di San Giovanni

This church is noteworthy for its pair of Renaissance sculptures by the Gagini family: Antonio Gagini's statue of St John the Baptist, and Antonello Gagini's St John the Evangelist.