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Why Visit Erice: The Renaissance Music Festival

Posted by Hanna Johnson on 13/05/2015

There are not many places more adapt in the world to host a Renaissance Music Festival than Erice. This medieval town is perched on the top of a hill above the coastal city of Trapani in Sicily. With stunning views of the turquoise sea from the gorgeous medieval castle in the middle of town, it is easy to get lost in the fog of time. So if you love Italy and you want to go to the Renaissance Music Festival, you should surely take a look online and find a place to stay in the San Giuliano Church or even Trapani Center Area. There are many websites online like that offer the possibility to find apartments in Sicily filtering by city areas.


The Festival of Medieval and Renaissance Music, called the Settimana di Musica Medievale e Rinascimentale in Italian, is a week long festival held in early September or late August. It attracts people from all over the world, from cosmopolitan artists to traditional musicians to crowds of music lovers that fill Erice’s medieval streets. You will have fun getting lost on the streets between the old forts, ancient churches like la Matrice and Sant’Orsola, convents, classical boutiques of traditional artists, and fortresses.


Here in Erice, people can really rediscover the lost musical arts from the Renaissance and Middle Ages. It is a rare chance for bands to showcase their particular talents that are very rare in almost all parts of the world. It is a civilised and relaxed event, as it combines the pleasures of Renaissance music with some of Sicily’s best traditional wines. Take a stroll through the ancient streets and you will feel like you have time traveled to another century.


The festival’s appeal is not only the music, but Erice itself. This magnificent hilltop city is still surrounded with its medieval walls. The most important concerts take place inside the 14th century church in the center of town, Chiesa di San Martino. There are records of it back to 1339, but it was probably constructed as early as the 12th century by the Normans.


So for seven whole nights, the town is transformed back to its medieval roots for the Renaissance Music festival. This year, the ensemble “Luminis Musica” will headline the event. Every night, the main show begins at 9:15 pm at the San Martino church. Tickets are very affordable, just 5 euros apiece. So you can bring the whole family to enjoy this unique festival of history, music, and Sicilian landscape.


The festival is organised by the Amici Della Musica Trapani. You can find much more information about the festival and specific lineups by visiting their site. To get more information about the bands, lineups, schedules, specific instruments, etc, you can call the Amici Della Musica Trapani at +39 (0) 923 569375. Their official website is or if you prefer you can send an email to Don’t forget to book your accommodations beforehand because the festival is very popular and hotels will sell out fast! 

Image Source: Mandolinenspielerin by Antje Lindert Rottke