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  • 1 Casale Roman Villa on Piazza Armerina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada Provinciale 15 I - 94015 Piazza-Armerina

    The villa was built in the 3C-4C AD in a verdant valley to the south of the village of Piazza Armerina. This lavish residence, located at the heart of a vast estate, charms visitors on account of its exceptional and prodigiously lively mosaics: hunti..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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 in the Latomia del Paradiso quarry: as a result of its exceptional acoustics, the tyrant Dionysus could, it is said, hear everything his opponents whispered. A legend, of course: nevertheless this place, create..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    A 29 I - 91100 Segesta

    The temple stands on a butte surrounded by a deep valley. It is one of the most perfect monuments that have come down to us from antiquity. It was built in 430 BC, in the Doric style and has proportions of a rare harmony. 36 worked columns in a magni..

  • 7 Parco Archeologico della Neapolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Viale Paradiso I - 96100 Siracusa

    Apart from the Acropolis in Athens, this ensemble is perhaps the most powerful and evocative site bearing witness to the Ancient Greeks. It has the largest Greek theatre in the world, the amazing "ear of Dionysus", a Roman amphitheatre and ..

  • 8 Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via del Teatro Greco 40 I - 98039 Taormina

    Le theatre was built by the Greeks but remodelled by the Romans who laid it out for circus games. Profiting from the terrain, the builders carved out part of the stone seats from the rock. From the high cavea, you will be enchanted by the magnificent..

  • 9 Cathedral (Duomo) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za ittorio-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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Etna Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 95030 Nicolosi

    Etna is the emblem of Sicily, and its highest point! The volcano's ceaseless activity constantly alters its height of around 3,350 m. In 1987, a park was set up to conserve the fauna, flora and unique countryside of the volcano which you can get to u..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Oratory of San Lorenzo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    I - 90133 Palermo

    The finest work by Giacomo Serpotta (1656-1732). On the walls are scenes illustrating episodes from the life of Saint Francis (right hand side) and Saint Lawrence (left hand side), whose martyrdom is represented on the far wall. The upper sections of..

  • 14 Ascencione dell'Etna Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 95030 Nicolosi

    The ascent can be from the south from Catania, via Nicolosi, or by the northeast face from Taormina via Linguaglossa. The former will take you up to an altitude of 3 000m near the grandiose Valle del Bove, hemmed in by walls of lava (1 200m high) and..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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 ..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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