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  • 1 International Puppet Museum - Pasqualino Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazzetta Antonio-Pasqualino 5

    Those wishing to learn about this key aspect of Sicilian tradition should not miss this museum, which houses a fine collection of pupi, little traditional puppets representing Norman knights in armour. Visitors can also explore the wider world throug..

  • 2 Regional Archaeological Museum of Salinas Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Olivella 24

    The museum housed in the 16C Olivella convent contains a very fine collection of objects found at the principal Sicilian archaeological sites, in particular Selinunte. Beyond the little cloister with its hexagonal fountain, visitors continue to the g..

  • 3 Palermo Botanical Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Via Lincoln 2

    The garden and buildings intended for study and experimental work remain unaltered since their establishment in 1789 by the French architect Dufourny. Here visitors will see specimens of oriental and exotic plants, such as dendrocalamus giganteus, a ..

  • 4 Gardens of the Villa Communale Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Via Roma

    Lady Florence Trevelyan loved to watch the birds in this floral park. In order not to frighten away her little friends, she had all sorts of shelters built, some curious, others frankly exotic, although many are in a sorry state today. Look out for o..

  • 5 Piazza Duomo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Duomo

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

  • 6 Cyane Spring (Fonte Ciane) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 7 Catacombs of San Giovanni Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via S.-Giovanni-alle-Catacombe

    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..

  • 8 Basilica St John the Evangelist Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Viale S.-Giovanni-alle-Catacombe

    The ruins of the basilica stand open to the skies above the crypt of St Marcus and constitute one of the most fascinating places in Syracuse. Byzantine in style, it was destroyed by the Arabs, retaken by the Normans, it then lost its roof in an earth..

  • 9 Latomia (Quarries) Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Via Romagnoli

    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..

  • 10 Cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Duomo

    The square, formerly Piazza del Cinque d'Oro, in reference to playing cards, is encircled by superb Baroque buildings which endow the square in charm: the Cathedral, the S.S. Pietro e Paolo basilica, the palazzo communale and finally Modò Palace whic..

  • 11 Temple of Castor and Pollux Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Sacra

    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 ..

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

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Sacra

    Hercules' temple is probably the oldest temple in Agrigento. Its eight archaic, Doric-style columns, rebuilt in the early 20C but somewhat dilapidated at present, make it possible for visitors to imagine the elegance that this building, dedicated to ..

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

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S115

    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 ..

  • 14 Cefalù Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo

    The cathedral, emblematic of the town, is a jewel of Romanesque architecture whose golden stone blends into that of the Rocca cliff. Roger II began its construction in 1131 and it is surrounded by palm trees and reveals a Norman rather than a Palermo..

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

  • 16 Church of San Giorgio of Modica Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Corso Garibaldi

    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..

  • 17 Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Viale Teocrito 66

    This regional archaeological museum, tucked away in the park of Villa Landolina, is an undisputed reference of the history of Sicily from prehistory to the establishment of Greek colonies at Syracuse. The museum is divided into clearly structured sec..

  • 18 Regional Nature Park of Madonie Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Corso Paolo-Alliata 16

    Gentle slopes covered in meadows, huge expanses of woodland, rivers, torrents and steep summits... This fertile, pleasant landscape stands on the doorstep of the Cefalù, the mountain range of Madonie. This nature reserve, although largely shaped by t..

  • 19 Corso Vittorio Emanuele III Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Vittorio Emanuele III

    Punctuated by three squares, each with its own church, this is the main street in Noto. It starts at Porta Reale, a monumental 19C triumphal arch surmounted by a pelican and on either side a tower (symbolising power) and a greyhound (symbolising fide..

  • 20 Noto Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    corso Vittorio Emanuele 121

    A wide staircase in front of the building is flanked by two raised platforms planted with trees, joined by a paved path which underscores the building's sinuous curves. The rich Baroque façade is quite stunning. Inside the dome and ceiling of the nav..

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