|The town of Erice
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Text Antonino Filippi
This journey through Erice shows us new and extraordinary images of its landscape, making us feel unusual sensations; it offers the habitants of Erice, those who want to know Erice, and those who want to enjoy Erice's beauties - all of them - the chance to totally live the town's various aspects.
The Valley has much to tell; it is rich of archeological and architectural evidence, which risks loosing itself within the maze of weak memories; it possesses great environmental and natural patrimonies, with exceptional landscapes that behold numerous attractions often escaping our sight.
The pre-historical caves, the rural churches, the monasteries outside the city walls, the guardian towers, the court-yards, the ancient streets, the forests, the suburbs of Casa Santa, Lenzi, Napola, Tangi, Ballata, they all reveal their historical importance in this documentary, claiming their right of not wanting to be pushed towards the dark of nothingness by the blinding light that emanates from the summit of the mountain sacred to Venus.
Even if Erice's immortality is written on the rocks that embellish the top of the mountain, it is down in the valley that its eternity becomes complete, that its story becomes the history of all habitants of Erice.
Erice - La storia, il castello, le torri, le pietre, le chiese, i giardini, i cortili, i colori, gli odori, la scienza, la memoria
Text and Direction Giacomo Pilati
There are few places in the world capable of synthesizing the history of the last three thousand years in a simple walk. Erice is one of these places. Live and inhabited museum, Erice offers the signs of its conquerors' passage, with a range of evidence unlike any other. Myth and history blend together, giving life to a greatly suggestive atmosphere.
Cyclopes once raised walls, Venus built her castle, and Dedalo killed Minosse on this mountain. For more than a thousand years, with the Carthaginians and the Romans, Erice was the religious Mediterranean capital of the cult of the Goddess of beauty. Founded by the Elimi, probably around the X century BC, the city was built to offer its services to the sanctuary. The Phoenics made a military fortress of it, introducing sacred prostitution; but the city was abandoned after the fall of the Roman Empire, leaving an 800-year gap in history.
Normans, Swabians, Angevins, and Aragoneses enriched the city of churches and buildings, attributing important roles to this city. Today Erice offers its visitors the legends, the towers, the castle, the gardens, the court-yards, the museums, the churches, the colors, the scents. And mostly its stones. Stones that have been engraved by history's chisel, and by the myths. Stones belonging to the world's history.
Perle di Sicilia
Trapani, Selinunte, Marsala, Egadi, Erice, Mozia, Pantelleria, Segesta.
Authors: Maria Rosaria Falcone and Romilda Nicotra
"The territory of Trapani has numerous characteristics tied one to the other that constitute the same spirit of this province. Ecology, traditions, architecture, beaches, gastronomy, archaeology, mystery, history, adventure, handicraft, culture represent a single chain connecting all the centers and all people.
The monumental, artistic and archaeological patrimony of this earth is immense. Prehistoric coves, rests of mysterious people, Punic locations, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Baroque, Renaissance and modern architecture. A sweet, wild, gorgeous nature surronds the human work.
Beautifulst gulfs, golden beaches, wild water reefs, course, sweet valleys, imposing mountains, lacustrine sites, natural reservoirs, salt magical yields from the games of the sun, volcanic islands.
The only true defect of the province of Trapani is that it does not enter all in a suitcase."
The authors collected in this volume the genuine soul of this splendid location, along with beautifulst pictures and a lot of useful information such as timetables, lodges, restaurants, stores and a calendar for events covering each month of the year.