Things to see and do - Monreale
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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
The great cloister is surrounded by ogive arcades resting on fine twin columns and has encrusted multi-coloured mosaics of Eastern inspiration. The Romanesque capitals are worth a visit in their own right. They depict episodes from the Gospel and the..
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..
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 Aquino, 19 C/D loc. Monreale I - 90126 Monreale
Housed in a beautifully converted paper mill from the 18th century, Baglio Conca d'Oro is an elegant setting for your stay in the Norman town of Monreale. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly team of staff who will instantly make you feel at..
Via Circonvallazione 34/36 I - 90046 Monreale
Boasting a pool that overlooks the Gulf of Palermo, Hotel Guglielmo II is just outside Monreale. It features a bar, terrace and sun terrace, plus free private parking. Wi-Fi is free in public areas. Fully air conditioned, rooms at the Guglielmo II i..
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..