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  • 1 Parlermo Cappella Palatina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Independenza 1

    The chapel of the Norman palace is a magnificent construction, built by Roger II between 1130 and 1140. The building achieves a perfect combination of Saracen, Byzantine and Norman art, bearing witness to the Norman sovereigns' tolerance towards othe..

  • 2 Stromboli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Isola di Stromboli

    Austere, yet possessed of a disconcerting beauty, this island is home to the famous Stromboli volcano, which at intervals spurts out plumes of smoke and flames accompanied by explosions. Walkers (of a strong disposition, and making sure to equip them..

  • 3 Casale Roman Villa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Strada Provinciale 15

    The magnificent villa of Casale owes its renown to an amazing pavement almost entirely covered in mosaics. This unique work, attributed to African craftsmen, reveals an incredibly diverse choice of colour and subjects and is amazingly well preserved...

  • 4 Segesta Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    A 29

    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..

  • 5 Taormina Greek Theatre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via del Teatro-Greco 40

    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..

  • 6 Etna Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

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

  • 7 Oratory of San Lorenzo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 8 Golfo di Castellammare Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The superb bay set against rolling hills separated by harsh mountainous reliefs is dominated to the west by the imposing mass of Monte Còfano, which overlooks the promontory of Capo San Vito. In addition to its splendid coastal landscapes and holiday..

  • 9 Spiaggia di Pollara Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Two paths lead to this pretty bay: one takes you to a little cove, whose minuscule bank is cluttered with rocks, the other opens out onto a vast beach dominated by an impressive white cliff in the form of a crescent, a vestige of the interior of an o..

  • From the top of Mt Antennammare (1 130m), where the Santuario Maria Santissima di Dinnamare is stationed, an extraordinary panorama unfurls over Messina and its port, Capo Peloro (or Punta del Faro) and Calabria to the east, and, to the west, the Ion..

  • 11 Cava Grande del Cassibile Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Visiting Cava Grande is a great way to discover the hidden landscapes of the Hyblaean Mountains. The viewing platform offers a wonderful view over the gorge with its imposing limestone walls that plunge into the depths of the valley. The stream that ..

  • 12 Sala del Circo Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Strada Provinciale 15

    The Circus room in the Villa Romana del Casale was originally a gymnasium. The mosaic decoration reproduces the setting of a circus that has been identified as Rome's Circus Maximus. The theme illustrated here is the quadriga race that signalled the ..

  • 13 Sala degli Amorini Pescatori Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Strada Provinciale 15

    In this room in the Villa Romana del Casale, a few cupid-like cherubs are depicted line fishing, with a harpoon and a net or playing with dolphins. The upper part of the walls shows the coast, upon which there stands a grand villa with a façade embel..

  • 14 San Giovanni degli Eremiti Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Benedettini 18

    Commissioned by Roger II (12C), San Giovanni degli Eremiti and its luxuriant garden is an oasis of freshness and tranquillity. One of Palermo's most famous churches, it is a simple angular structure surmounted by five domes, evidence of the Arab know..

  • 15 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Papireto

    The cathedral is an imposing building, which occupies a sacred location since the founding of the city. Built in the 12C in the Sicilo-Norman style, it has been modified untold times, but still retains some superb chevets adorned with Arab-inspired g..

  • 16 Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Vigliena

    The junction of Corso Vittorio Emanuale and Via Maqueda, this small square is a beauty thanks to the 17C palaces bordering it, their concave façades decorated with Doric, Ionic and Corinthian structures, providing the setting for fountains featuring ..

  • 17 Piazza Pretoria Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Pretoria

    A spectacular 16C fountain by Francesco Camilliani in the Tuscan Renaissance style is situated at the centre of this little square. A wrought iron balustrade by Giovanni Battista Basile runs around it. Beyond rises the profile of the dome of the chur..

  • 18 Piazza Bellini Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Bellini

    Blending eastern and western architecture, this is one of the city's most beautiful squares. Three churches stand here: La Martorana, San Cataldo, and Santa Caterina, a late 16C building with an 18C dome and rich interior decoration. It features an a..

  • 19 San Cataldo Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Bellini

    San Cataldo was founded in the 12C. The domes, the claustra of the façade and its crenellated upper decoration bear witness to the survival of motifs from Arab architecture after the Norman conquest. The interior is very sparsely decorated. It is div..

  • 20 Galleria Regionale di Sicilia Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Via Alloro 4

    In a building by Carlo Scarpa (1950), which maximises the available light, the museum displays medieval paintings and sculpture (fine Triumph of Death fresco) plus a vast collection of Renaissance pictures (many Sicilian School works). Note the splen..

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