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  • 1 Palazzo dei Normanni Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za ndependenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    The Norman palace stands at the centre of a series of squares, in gardens laid out at the end of the 19C. Previously seat of the emir of Palermo, the old qsar was enlarged and improved by the Norman kings, then abandoned before being restored under t..

  • 2 Cappella Palatina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za ndependenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    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..

  • 3 La Kalsa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Porta dei Greci I - 90134 Palermo

    The district developed under Arab rule, around the citadel of the emir. It retains its Arabic name "al haklisah", meaning "the chosen one, the pure one", and its oriental atmosphere, emphasised by its Arab-Norman monuments. Centre..

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

    Religious buildings

    P.za . - Domenico 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    This private chapel is a Baroque masterpiece, attributed to Giacomo Serpotta. During your visit, you will be surrounded by putti, the small cherubim that were so dearly loved by Italian Baroque. The entire interior is sculpted in the stucco, to achie..

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

    Religious buildings

    v. alverde 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    The chapel is the masterpiece of Baroque sculptor Giacomo Serpotta who worked here from 1686 to 1718. Angels and joyful putti cavort with total liberty of movement and expression; playing, sleeping, crying, laughing, climbing up the window frames, gl..

  • 6 Stromboli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Isola di Stromboli I - 98050 Isole Eolie o Lipari

    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..

  • 7 Volcano ilsland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Isola di Vulcano I - 98055 Isole Eolie o Lipari

    Spectacular views from the top of its volcano, black sandy beaches and other beaches where the fumaroles (smoke-holes) heat the water to boiling point, an underground cave (la Grotta del Cavallo), the muddy pool of Venus where you can roll around in ..

  • 8 Gardens of the Villa Communale Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v. oma I - 98039 Taormina

    Lady Florence Trevelyan loved to come and see the birds in this floral park. In order not to frighten away her little friends, she had built all sorts of shelters, some curious, others frankly exotic. The most unusual, The Beehives, brings to mind, a..

  • 9 Piazza Duomo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Duomo I - 96100 Siracusa

    Irregular and slightly concave in front of the cathedral, this charming square is surrounded by attractive Baroque palaces. Notably Palazzo Senatorio, but also Palazzo Benavento del Bosco, which has an attractive interior courtyard. The church of San..

  • 10 Cyane Spring (Fonte Ciane) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 96100 Siracusa

    It is never a good thing to go against the wishes of Gods: take poor Cyane, for example, a charming nymph, who opposed the raising up of Persephone by Hades. He, in his anger, changed her into a spring. But bad things can be good: today the spring is..

  • 11 Catacombs of San Giovanni Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via S. Giovanni alle Catacombe I - 96100 Siracusa

    The Acradina district has since Roman times been devoted to the dead. Carved from solid limestone rock in the 4C-5C and extending over a wide area, the catacombs were centred on the tomb of St Martian, one of the earliest martyrs. Quite complex in st..

  • 12 Latomia (Quarries) Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    v. omagnoli I - 96100 Siracusa

    The word Latomia describes the old stone quarries used for the construction of public buildings. And as nothing goes to waste, they made excellent prisons. The Paradise Latonia is the most attractive of these quarries. Now it contains a ravishing gar..

  • 13 Cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Duomo I - 95024 Acireale

    The square was once named Piazza del Cinque d'Oro, in reference to playing cards. It was a place for the performing arts: Concerts and plays used to animate this square where there once stood a platform surrounded by four small paths. Today the super..

  • 14 Temple of Castor and Pollux (Temple of the Dioscuri) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. acra I - 92100 Agrigento

    The Temple of the Dioscuri was built at the end of the 5C BC in homage to the twins Castor and Pollux. The only remains of the temple are four columns, which were rebuilt in the 19C, plus a section of the entablature, although this has not prevented ..

  • 15 Hercules' temple (Tempio di Eracle) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. acra I - 92100 Agrigento

    Hercules' temple is probably the oldest temple in Agrigento. Its archaic Doric style columns, which were rebuilt in the early 20C, make it possible for visitors to imagine the elegance that this building, dedicated to the legend of this man and his t..

  • 16 The temple of Junon (Tempio di Hera Lacinia) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S115 I - 92100 Agrigento

    The temple of Juno was build around 470 BC and set ablaze by the Carthaginians in 406. You can see the marks left by the smoke on the walls of the cella, the room in which the statue of the Goddess once stood. Although the temple is not in a perfect ..

  • 17 Regional archaeological museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Via Passeggiata Archeologica I - 92100 Agrigento

    The San Nicola monastery accommodates this museum, which unites pieces found across the whole Agrigento region. Do not miss the colossal 7.5 m high Telamon (Atlantes), taken from the temple of Jupiter (there were once 38 of these), or the Ephebe of A..

  • 18 Cathedral (Duomo) Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo I - 90015 Cefalù

    The cathedral is the town's emblem. Roger II had construction work started on it in 1131. This building surrounded by palm trees is a magnificent piece of Romanesque architecture with a style that is more in keeping with the Norman style than that of..

  • 19 White Cape beach (Spiaggia di Capo Bianco) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    SP 115 I - 30020 Eraclea-Minoa

    Eraclea Minoa beach, a beautiful, long white sandy beach, is enclosed by the tall white cliff and a magnificent pine forest.

  • 20 Church of San Giorgio Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    c.so aribaldi I - 97015 Modica

    Built in 1818, the flight of nearly 300 steps leads up to the church's elegant façade, a grandiose and richly evocative ensemble attributed to Rosario Gagliardi (though the involvement of other Noto architects is also evident) and one of the finest e..

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