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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
Shooting and Assembling Enzo Lucchese
Voice over Giancarlo Cara
Post-production Lucchese Video
Duration min. 45
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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.

Il territorio di Erice: storia, arte, natura Il territorio di Erice: storia, arte, natura

Text Antonino Filippi
Direction Giovanni Montanti
Voice over Giancarlo Cara
Shooting Enzo Lucchese
Post-production Lucchese Video
Duration min. 43
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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.

Perle di Sicilia - Edizioni Affinità Elettive Perle di Sicilia
Trapani, Selinunte, Marsala, Egadi, Erice, Mozia, Pantelleria, Segesta.

Authors: Maria Rosaria Falcone e Romilda Nicotra
Pages: 176
Publication: June 1998
Available in English, French, German and Italian language.

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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.

Erice Città D`arte Erice Città D`arte

Authors: Maria Rosaria Falcone e Romilda Nicotra
Pages: 96
Publication: July 2000

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On the highest top a medieval village rises among bristly towers. It is the small village of Erice where once the most famous temple of the most famous goddess...Venus,... with its fortified walls, with its streets accurately paved".

In this way Roger Peyrefitte described Erice in 1952.

The town is placed on the homonymous mount Eryx, religious center of Elimi, which is famous for its temple where the Phoenicians worshipped Astarte, the Greeks Aphrodite and the Romans Venus, Erice was contended by the Syracusans and by the Carthaginians till the Roman conquest in 244 B.C..

During the Arabian invasion it was called Gebel Hamed (Mount of Hamed).

In the XII century it gained again some of the lost importance and then followed the political fate of the island. It was called "St Giuliano Mount" by the Normans and retook Erice`s name in 1934.

Among the numerous monuments there are some which are very important, for example the Chiesa Matrice (XIV century), consecrated to the Assunta (The Vergin Mary), the inside has been restored in the last century; the Medieval Castle (XII-XIII centuries) with the ruins of the temple and the Municipal Building, seat of a library and of the Museum of the Cordici, is full of archaeological finds belonging to the Erice`s necropolis, among them the Aphrodite`s head of the IV century B.C. stands out.

In Erice is placed the Institute for international research dedicated to Ettore Majorana, wished by the eminent physicist Antonio Zichichi from Trapani.

The Institute attracts the most qualified scholars in the world in treating scientifically problems which concern different fields: from medicine to law, from history to astronomy, from philology to chemistry.