Torretta Pepoli

TORRETTA PEPOLI: the origins

torretta Pepoli Erice

The Torretta Pepoli takes its name from Count Agostino Pepoli (1848-1911), scientist and patron who, around 1870, built it within the actual Balio Garden, green space and lung of the city.

In the Torretta, silent refuge for his meditations, Count Pepoli greeted men of culture of that time and of these the scholar Ugo Antonio Amico, the musicologist Alberto Favara, the minister Nunzio Nasi, the director of the Fardelliana Library Giuseppe Polizzi, the archaeologist Antonino Salinas, the historian Niccolò Rodolico and many others.

TORRETTA PEPOLI: present and future

The Torretta Pepoli, declared “place of peace” by the Federation of UNESCO Clubs, is a symbol of Erice. Thanks to a sapient and complete restoration work (planners: Achitect Vito Corte and Engineer Paolo Grammatico, Project Manager Architect Gaspare Bianco, Managing Director Luigi Biondo) it has become “Observatory and Lighthouse of Peace”, from which free thinkers, statesmen and citizens can spread their reflections on the intercultural dialogue, using the most advanced technologies.

This “political-cultural” destination, promoted and strongly supported by the administration of the Mayor of Erice, Giacomo Tranchida, has provided for the installation of an interactive and multimedia museum inside the tower, a “journey-narration” among history, culture, myth and tradition between Erice and the Mediterranean Sea.


At the entrance the visitor receives a sensitive object, for its particular shape brings back to a precious stone, a natural crystal symbol of beauty, purity, happiness and peace. During the way expected for the visit it will be possible to activate and to revive the different spaces inside the museum simply matching the crystal to the sensitive points: lights, mechanical scenographies, projection video systems and sound environments will make visitors live an immersive and multisensory experience.

At the end, the crystal becomes the protagonist showing its true nature, guardian of message of peace, that is set free by the spectator in the last room of the tour. The voice of the Count Agostino Pepoli will tell the history of the Torretta and what it represents today. Messages, actions and initiatives of peace will be disseminate through the web. It will be available a camera allowing visitors to record and to disseminate through the web their messages of peace.