Monte Erice

Coordinates: 38°02′07″N 12°35′32″E / 38.03529°N 12.59214°E / 38.03529; 12.59214
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Monte Erice
Mount Eryx
Monte Erice seen from Trapani
Highest point
Elevation840 m (2,760 ft)
Coordinates38°02′07″N 12°35′32″E / 38.03529°N 12.59214°E / 38.03529; 12.59214
Monte Erice is located in Italy
Monte Erice
Monte Erice
Trapani, Sicily, Italy
Monte Erice is located in Sicily
Monte Erice
Monte Erice
Monte Erice (Sicily)

Monte Erice, or ancient Greek Mount Eryx, is a mountain of Sicily, in the province of Trapani.

The southern part of the mountain


The mountain is to the east of Trapani and encompasses an area of 18.3 km2. The Lenzi River has its source on the mountain.[1]

The city of Erice is located on the summit, the frazione of Santa Casa, Erice and the suburbs of Trapani are located on the western slopes, and the comune of Valderice is on the eastern side of the mountain.


The mountain is covered by vegetation: there is a forest of Aleppo pine around Martogna, oak in the state forest of Sant'Anna, as well as holm oak and downy oak in the Costa Spada area.[2]

There are numerous hiking trails.[3] The Sicilian Forestry Corps has established an agro-forestry museum at S. Matteo, 4 km from the summit of Erice.[4]


In ancient times the mountain was occupied by the Elymians and subsequently by the Carthaginians, the Greeks, and the Romans, who worshipped Aphrodite Erycina, or Venus Erycina, there. In 1117 it was renamed as Monte San Giuliano by the Normans, .[5] The original name was restored in 1934. Until the 1950s the comune of Monte San Giuliano included the territory of the current commune of Erice, as well as Valderice, Custonaci, San Vito Lo Capo and Buseto Palizzolo.

Since 1954, the Monte Erice hillclimbing championship has taken place on its slopes every year.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Page 5".
  2. ^ "Area Attrezzata demaniale Erice Vetta". Archived from the original on 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  3. ^ "Primi sentieri CAI sulla montagna di Erice".
  4. ^ "Museo agro-forestale San Matteo, Erice, localita, Museo".
  5. ^ Pandullo, Domenico (1838). "Nozioni elementari della geografia e storia del reame delle due Sicilie: Dalla sua origine sino ai tempi nostri".
  6. ^ "ACI Sport - Sito ufficiale".

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