Wonderfully preserved castle, check. On a hilltop overlooking a lovely Sicilian town, check! Originally built on the Temple of Venus and dedicated to the arts of love...check!! If you checked all three, you would most likely be in Erice, at the Castello di Venere (if not, email me with the name of the place you are at, so I can go there.)
This magical castle is not only breathtaking, but it is perched on the edge of a medieval town that offers anybody going there a glimpse into medieval Sicily that simply cannot be matched. Food, shopping, and sights are plentiful here, but I offer one warning: be ready to walk, and uphill in places. Those who are dedicated and can stand the walks will be rewarded with many fine memories of Erice. Legend has it that the most beautiful women in Sicily come from here. Not that any of that mattered to me: I brought the most beautiful woman in the world with me; my wife.