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Giardini del Balio

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Giardini del Balio

306 Reviews
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Ana L wrote a review Oct 2020
Navan, Ireland2,683 contributions1,058 helpful votes
The gardens are quite small but they give you one of the most picturesque views in Erice. Totally worth it!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Dan M wrote a review Mar 2020
Tel Aviv, Israel14,341 contributions3,971 helpful votes
Don't expect amazing gardens, but expect beautiful landscapes Which is why you shouldn't miss this place in Erice, it would be a real Fomo. You can reach the gardens by walking the narrow and special streets of this village and then eventually get there at the end of the village. You may also go straight from the Cable car by taking the southern street boarding the village till its end. You'll reach then 4 interesting places: these Gardens of Balio, the Castello del Balio o Pepoli, the Torretta Pepoli and last the Castello di Venere. You'll have the opportunity to admire beautiful landscapes maybe up to hundred kilometers around. Really beautiful and actually I believe this should be more the purpose of this trip than the village itself.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Sally62 wrote a review Jan 2020
Northampton, United Kingdom4,583 contributions434 helpful votes
This pretty little shady garden next to the Castle of Venus is basically just pathways, busts, shrubs and a small child's playground but it is well-kept and there are several benches where you can sit and relax in the shade. The views from the edge of the garden are fantastic - over the Bay of Trapani and also of the castle and plain to the east. There is a small cafe which is open during the day.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Julie M wrote a review Oct 2019
Wellington, New Zealand854 contributions188 helpful votes
We walked around the historic town of Erice noting the landmarks, enjoying the history, the narrow ,cobbled streets, shuttered houses, and the discovery of each new feature on the map provided. A treasure hunt indeed. This tower had us baffled until we turned around and spied it. Another part of the history jigsaw in place.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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steve z wrote a review Sep 2019
Nashville, Tennessee887 contributions229 helpful votes
A very interesting drive up with lots of hairpin turns. Careful of buses that usually beep their horns as they approach. A fantastic view on a clear day.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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