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Review of Cable Car Erice

Cable Car Erice
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Erice
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Owner description: The cable Car linking the city of Trapani to the medieval village of Erice Capital through their respective terminals, along a 3099-meters slant height, on the same path as the old cable Car that was operated between the 1950s and the 1970s. The plant is equipped with night lighting to be operated in the dark as well as with special cabins for people with disabilities and for bikes. Tour View with no stop boarding, 42 cabins for 8 people each and 12 minutes drive. Two Automatic Parking Areas with cameras at the exclusive service for the users of the cable car FOR ONLY € 1,50 FOR FIRST THREE HOURS. ATTENTION TO THE UNAUTHORIZED PARKING MEN ASK UNTIL € 5/€ 10 FOR CAR.
Savoy, Massachusetts
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“Call ahead”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

If the winds are to strong the cars do not operate. We were told by some that it's great but we had to arrange for alternate transportation as we were staying overnight. These replace the earlier cable cars and the ride only lasts about 7 minutes.

Visited June 2014
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“Express Route To Erice June 2014”
Reviewed June 26, 2014

We jumped onto the cable car (literally jumped as it only slows down and does not completely stop to allow you to get on and off) to reach Erice. The ride was approx. 10 minutes and had some great views of the Trapani coast line. On our return the wind was picking up and the car was rocking too and throw a little with the sound of wind whipping around us.

After a morning in Erice which did not impress me as much as I had expected, the cable car ride was the highlight of our trip.

Each car holds approx. 6 persons and has seating.

Visited June 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Watch for the parking rip off”
Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Must have lost all commonsense this morning. Read all the reviews on here. Found the cable car station but couldn't get into the car park as a coach was helpfully parked across the entrance with no sign of moving. After waiting a few minutes a helpful young man showed us where we could park further up the road. Got parked up, got out and he asked us to pay another man €3. Why I'll never know but we did. No hassle with the cable car £9 each return. Fabulous views. Erice and the views are great. But cobbled streets and very hilly. Plenty of places to eat and drink. We spent about an hour as we were both uneady about the car. We got back down and was relieved to see it still there. Got in and a car park chap came over and advised we had a parking ticket €41 to be paid within 10 days. Why he had it and it wasn't on the wiper we don't know. He advised we pay it straight away. Did our best to but 2 police stations wouldn't help as it had to be paid at the correct one. We even went back to our hotel who advised we pay the rental company as we return the car well before the deadline.
Why were we sooo stupid I cannot say....well and truly scammed and an enjoyable trip ruined and far more expensive than anticipated.
Beware!!

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NZ
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“Great ride”
Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

We took this way up to Erice to avoid the traffic and narrow roads. It was very enjoyable and worthwhile. Possibly not for people nervous of heights.

The trip takes about 10 mins.

Like others we were approached by someone at the car park wanting money to watch our car. The car park seems to have two security cameras on it - seems unnecessary. We were up in Erice for about 4 hours and paid about 1.50 euros for the park.

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Epsom, England, United Kingdom
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“Efficient.. good value but watch out for 'unofficial' parking attendants in Trapani”
Reviewed May 22, 2014

I get a bit car sick so am not that keen on cable cars. Despite the still and glorious day it was pretty windy as we climbed the mountain.
I was a little nauseous but not too bad. I totally understand why the close the cable car on windier days though.

Just a note of caution.. an assertive young Italian guy was re directing traffic away from the main carpark. This was a con. He wanted money from us to 'watch' our cars.

He said the car park.. was 'unwatched'. The fee? There wasn't one.. we had to make him an offer..

Little chancer (not the words we used at the time I can tell you!).

Both us and another couple got back into our cars and moved them. We didn't go to the official car park as we didn't trust the toe rag not to damage the car.. so we drove a few streets away and got free parking.

5 hours later we returned to our car undamaged.. phew.

The local polizia really need to police this area for guys like this.

Otherwise.. we had a fabulous experience in Erice.. so don't be put off. :o)

Visited May 2014
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