Pepoli Castle

Erice, Italy

Therea re two castles in Erice, Pepoli Castle, with foundations dating from Arab times, and nearby Venus Castle, dating from the Norman period. Surrounded by a lush park, the hilltop castles alone are worth a stop in Erice, which offers charming old stone streets and several medieval churches. Pepoli Castle was at first a feudal stronghold, though Erice was eventually ceded to the Crown as a demesnial city. The view from the castle towers is stupendous. Though both castles have been modified somewhat over the centuries, they still have that distinctively medieval character one expects of such fortresses. Pepoli Castle is now a hotel.

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Founded: 10-11th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Dan M (19 months ago)
Don't expect a huge or amazing piece of architecture, but as almost everywhere in Erice expect beautiful landscapes, which is why you shouldn't miss this it, it would be too bad. You will reach this place by walking the streets of this village and then finally get there, at the end of the village. You can also go straight from the Cable car by taking the southern street boarding the village till its end. You'll reach then 4 nice places: the Gardens of Balio, the Castello del Balio o Pepoli, this Torretta Pepoli and last the Castello di Venere. You'll have the opportunity to admire stunning landscapes spreading maybe up to hundred kilometers around. It is actually really beautiful and probably this should be more the purpose of this trip than visiting the village itself.
Ecuadorianbus Charter (19 months ago)
Pitty it was closed on our visit begining of marsh. We confess the westher was some windy and chilly but would have apreciatedca visit. From the outside it was looking atractive, specialy for my 13 years old son!
Miha S (19 months ago)
Good view from here
Ksay shade of (2 years ago)
Interesting architecture of this house. The best views on it - is from the mountain above it.
Richard Attoe (2 years ago)
Erice is a lovely hilltop village to walk around with stunning far reaching views. Lots to see and a few shops and nice restaurants. Free parking in low season. A must visit if you near.
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