Unmissable tourist sites
Monreale Travel guide
Monreale : Michelin's recommendations
Situated in a magnificent location overlooking the Conca d’Oro, Monte Reale was a royal hunting ground in Norman times. In 1172, William II decided to build a cathedral here, which is now famous for its splendid mosaics, along with a Benedictine abbey, and the royal palace (transformed into a seminary in the 16C). This is still very much the centre of Monreale, with narrow streets leading off the central square which are lined with souvenir shops, cafés and small restaurants.
Tourist attractions Monreale : Things to see and do
P.za Guglielmo-II I - 90046 Monreale
The great cloister is surrounded by a run of ogive arcades resting on fine twin columns and has encrusted multicoloured mosaics, inspired by the Orient. The Romanesque capitals are worth a visit by themselves. There are episodes from the Evangelist..
P.za Vittorio-Emanuele I - 90046 Monreale
The cathedral was built in 1172 by William II, grandson of Roger II. It was built to rival the largest European cathedrals using the best workman and without stinting on materials. The end result? Luxury. Its exterior has superb motifs characteristic..
P.za Vittorio-Emanuele I - Monreale
The mosaics are the work of Venetian and Sicilian masters (12C and 13C). They tell the story of the divine plan of universal salvation, from the creation of the world and of man up to the intervention of God (central nave). The coming of Christ incar..
Via Arcivescovado 9 I - 90046 Monreale
Locanda Re Ruggero is set opposite the cathedral in the historic centre of Monreale, a picturesque town on the slopes of Mount Caputo. The air-conditioned rooms all feature free Wi-Fi. Your room at Re Ruggero has an individual design. Rooms are dec..