Monte Erice seen from Trapani
|Elevation||840 m (2,760 ft)|
Monte Erice, or ancient Greek Mount Eryx, is a mountain of Sicily, in the province of Trapani.
The city of Erice is located on the summit, the frazione of Casa Santa and the suburbs of Trapani are located on the western slopes, and the comune of Valderice is on the eastern side of the mountain.
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 117 it was renamed as Monte San Giuliano by the Normans, . 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.
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