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  • 1 Stromboli Crater Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - Stromboli

    Climbing up the crater of Stromboli, one of the few active volcanoes in the world, is a unique and unforgettable experience. The crater consists of a cluster of five mouths. A few hundred metres away, you can observe the regular spray of incandescent..

  • 2 Night-time boat trip Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - Stromboli

    The night-time sight of Stromboli's magnificent natural firework display will leave an indelible impression (during the day the eruptions do not create such a stark contrast). Indeed, after dark is perhaps the best time to appreciate the different as..

  • 3 The Mosaics inside the Duomo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za ittorio-Emanuele I - 09037 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..

  • 4 Sala della Piccola Caccia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada Provinciale 15 I - 94015 Piazza-Armerina

    In this room in the Villa Romana del Casale, the Room of the Small Hunt, five paintings illustrate the significant moments of a hunt. In an attempt to win favour with Diana, goddess of hunting, who is depicted on a column in the centre of the second ..

  • 5 Ambulacro della Grande Caccia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada Provinciale 15 I - 94015 Piazza-Armerina

    This immense gallery in the Villa Romana del Casale, the Corridor of the Great Hunting Scene, contains fine mosaics. On the ground an astounding hunting scene depicts panthers, lions, antelopes, boars, ostriches, camels and elephants being captured a..

  • 6 Triclinium Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada Provinciale 15 I - 94015 Piazza-Armerina

    Three semicircular exhedras open onto a large, square central hall. The central part is decorated with mosaics depicting the Twelve Labours of Hercules, for example the Hydra of Lerna, with Hercules depicted cutting off its heads. At the centre of th..

  • 7 Palazzo dei Normanni Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za ndependenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    This palace is located on the highest point of the town. The Normans reused the place formerly occupied by a Carthaginian fortress and the Arabic Qsar (castle), abandoned after the departure of the Emir to the Kalsa. The site once again became a roya..

  • 8 La Kalsa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Porta dei Greci I - 90134 Palermo

    The district developed under the Arabic domination around the citadel of the emir. It has also retained its Arabic name "al haklisah", meaning "the chosen one, the pure one" and an atmosphere of eastern features, emphasised by Ara..

  • 9 Oratorio des Rosario di San Domenico Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za . - Domenico 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    You will have the impression that Giacomo Serpotta sculpted the oratory in the stucco. The walls are enlivened with the frolics of putti, the small cherubim filled with the spontaneous gaiety of children. The stucco frame the canvases painted partly ..

  • 10 Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. alverde 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    Santa Cita is the Tuscan distortion of Saint Zita. It is thus through the church of Saint Zita that you enter the oratory. The church in itself is remarkable for its chapel of the Rosary, to the right of the choir, where polychrome marquetries combin..

  • 11 Volcano ilsland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Isola di Vulcano I - 98055 Isole Eolie o Lipari

    This 21 km2 island was, according to the Ancients, the home of Vulcan's forges, worked by the Cyclopses. Born out of fusion of four volcanoes, the island lies under the most imposing and most active of them, the Vulcano della Fossa, a 391 m high red ..

  • 12 Greek theatre (Teatro Greco) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. iulio-E.-Rizzo I - 96100 Siracusa

    This 5C BC theatre, one of the largest monuments from antiquity, was carved into the rock using the natural slope of the Temenite hill. Inaugurated with Perseus by Aeschylus (think about it), it was built by Damocope, also known as Myrilla. Transform..

  • 13 Ear of Dionysus (Orecchio di Dionisio) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v. iulio-E.-Rizzo I - 96100 Siracusa

    Caravaggio christened this amazing cave, created in the Paradise latomia: as a result of its exceptional acoustics, the tyrant could, so it is said, hear everything his opponents whispered and took the measures, generally radical, which became necess..

  • 14 Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v.le Valle dei Templi I - 92100 Agrigento

    Do not search for the valley! The temples (a dozen of them) erected in 5 BC, are located on the ridge to the south of the town, . Set on fire by the Carthaginians in 406, they were restored in their original style by the Romans. Earthquakes, fanatica..

  • 15 Temple of the Concorde (Tempio della Concordia) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. acra I - 92100 Agrigento

    The temple, which has been kept intact, dates from 430 AD. but we forget the person to whom it was consecrated. This is a great example of optical illusion. The columns become narrower at the top to make them appear larger but have a bulge two thirds..

  • 16 Parco Archeologico della Neapolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Viale Paradiso I - 96100 Siracusa

    The word Latomia comes from the Greek litos, stone and temnos, hewn, and describes the old stone quarries used for the construction of public buildings and large houses. During the war against the Athenians, the latomias served as a prison for 7000 A..

  • 17 Cathedral (Duomo) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za ittorio-Emanuele I - 90046 Monreale

    The cathedral was built in 1172 by King William II after the Virgin appeared to him in a dream and to whom he promised to build a church. Assisting him, the Virgin then revealed to the young prince where his father had hidden his money... The buildin..

  • 18 Cloister (Chiostro) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za uglielmo-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 a..

  • 19 Temples (Templi Orientali) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada dei Templi I - 91100 Selinunte

    On a hill to the east of the old town stand three temples, one of which was rebuilt in 1957 : this is a templ, previously consecrated to Hera, and dating back to the 5C BC. The Temple F, completely in ruins, was probably dedicated to Athena. The Temp..

  • 20 Oratory of San Lorenzo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    I - 90133 Palermo

    On the walls a number of putti and statues of the Virtues depict the lives of Saint Francis (on the right) and Saint Lawrence (on the left), whose martyrdom is illustrated on the opposite façade. The upper section of the walls features nudes lost in ..

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