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The country of Erice in Sicily:

 

Erice is among the oldest cities of Sicily.

The town sits on top of the homonymous mount Eryx,  750 m above sea level.

It was the religious center of the ancient Elimi tribes, and is famous for its temple where the Phoenicians worshipped Astarte, the equivalent of Aphrodite or Venus for the ancient Greeks or Romans.

Throughout its long contentious history, Erice has fallen in the hands of different tribes and empires, each leaving its own palpable mark on the city.

Today, Erice is an enchanting wonderfully-preserved mediaeval town with the most breathtaking views of Sicily.