Next to Trapani, naturally protected on the summit of an isolated mountain rising at 751 m above sea level is nestled one of Sicily’s most precious gems, tiny, solemn, solitary: it’s Erice.

For centuries, the beauty of the views, the tranquility of the place and the clouds that often surround it have made Erice the privileged place for scholarly studies and religious retreats. With its narrow and winding streets, its typically medieval arches, its richly decorated courtyards and small workshops Erice retains its ancient charm still unchanged.

It has the shape of a perfect equilateral triangle, crowned on two vertices by the Venus Castle to the southeast, and the Mother Church to the southwest. In the center, the church of San Domenico is now home to the prestigious International Center for Scientific Culture “Ettore Majorana”, the centerpiece of intense scientific research directed by Prof. Antonino Zichichi who founded it in 1963.

The city is also famous for the very special local pastry, to which the nuns have devoted themselves for centuries.