Top 5 Things To Do In Erice

Torre Pepoli, Erice


If you find yourself in Western Sicily then Erice should really be on your list of places to visit. In fact, Tripadvisor rates it number 14 in its list of Top Things to Do in Sicily—yep, in all of Sicily. That’s a pretty impressive achievement for a small medieval borgo (town) situated on the top of a mountain.

So, why should you give this little gem a go? Well, I would describe Erice as the Sicilian equivalent of a quaint little Cotswold village. It’s a place to while away your time exploring the endless cobbled streets and alleyways, stopping into the little tourist shops (some authentic, some a little less authentic) and enjoying an espresso at the many different cafes. However, don’t be mistaken, there is more to Erice than initially meets the eye. Continue reading “Top 5 Things To Do In Erice”

The Giardino della Kolymbethra, Agrigento

Although I have visited the Valley of the Temples several times since moving to Sicily, I have never managed to the visit the Colimbetra Garden. That is until now.

The Giardino della Kolymbethra (Colimbetra Garden) is in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily. Dating back to the time of the Ancient Greeks, it is a lush garden located in a large opening in the rocks where three valleys converge. It covers 5 hectares and contains an abundance of citrus and fruit trees, and other Mediterranean flora. Continue reading “The Giardino della Kolymbethra, Agrigento”

The Church of Santo Spirito, Agrigento


A hidden gem in the centre of Agrigento

A few weeks back we decided to take a trip to Agrigento to see the spectacular festival of the Mandorlo in Fiore. While we were there we took a trip around the historical centre of the city. There we came upon the Chiesa di Santo Spirito. Continue reading “The Church of Santo Spirito, Agrigento”

The Ghost Town of Poggioreale

As I look out of my window at the ominous grey sky, it makes me long for the hazy days of summer (or more precisely early autumn—summer is some kind of burning inferno I try to escape from) when a spur of the moment decision led me off into the middle of nowhere in search of a ghost town.

Returning from a trip to Selinunte, we decided to take a detour off in search of the ruins of old Poggioreale.

As we headed off on a road seemingly leading to nowhere, through endless fields of ripe yellow melons, I began to question whether this was really a wise idea at the end of a tough day’s archaeological-site visiting. As the road turned into some sort of winding, precarious track, which at one point had seen a landslide and had a new way through bodged together, I began to reflect seriously on whether I had lost control of my mental faculties.

It turns out, however, that this wasn’t the worst idea I’ve ever had, because waiting at the other side of that hill’s summit were the ruins of Poggioreale. Continue reading “The Ghost Town of Poggioreale”