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

    Nature and gardens

    v. Giulio-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..

  • 2 Neptune's Grotto (Grotta di Nettuno) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Porto di Alghero banchina Garibaldi I - 07041 Alghero

    Discovered in the 16C by fishermen, a 600m circuit of the cave has been open to visitors since 1954. Whatever the season, the temperature remains between 18 and 20°C. The water that penetrates the cavity forms the Lago Lamarmora, which at 100m long i..

  • 3 Nuraghe Su Nuraxi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada Tuili I - 09021 Barumini

    This massive fortress is made up of several towers interconnected by galleries. A bit further away you can see the ruins of a large "Nuragic" village.

  • 4 CAPRERA Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 07024 Arcipelago-della-Maddalena

    Caprera is connected to La Maddalena by a 600m-long bridge (Moneta quarter). With its 34km of coastline and an area of 15.75km2 it is the archipelago's second largest island: it is also its most stunning, boasting beautiful landscapes and a rich vari..

  • 5 Basilica San Gavino Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. San-Gavino I - 07046 Porto-Torres

    The people of Pisa built this church in the 11C. The series of blind arcades on the left side are characteristic of this period, and were retained by the Lombard masters who later extended the building. A 15C Catalan Gothic-style doorway leads into t..

  • 6 Church of Santissima Trinità di Saccargia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rte d'Olbia I - 07100 Sassari

    17km from Sassari, the church stands in the midst of a barren landscape. It is the only surviving vestige of a former Camaldolese abbey. Built in the 12C in layers of black and white stone, it is an attractive example of Pisan architecture. The apse ..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 Cathedral (Duomo) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Vittorio-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..

  • 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 Grotta del Bue Marino Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 08020 Cala-Gonone

    The "bue marino" (sea cow) in question is a monk seal that once lived in the cave. A river flows into this grotto, which is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites.

  • 13 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..

  • 14 Vesuvius Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v. Enrico De Nicola I - 80056 Ercolano

    The volcano's familiar yet menacing profile is the dominant feature of the Bay of Naples. Inextricably linked though it is to the disaster of Pompeii, the lower slopes of Vesuvius are today fertile land planted with fruit trees and vines producing la..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v. Santa-Lucia I - 67032 Pescasseroli

    This nature reserve was founded in 1923 in the very heart of the massif to protect the fauna, flora and landscapes of the region. It extends over an area of around 100 000 acres, not including the 11 119 acres of the Mainarde territory (in the Molise..

  • 18 Panoramic views of Aspromonte Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 89050 Gambarie

    The Aspromonte massif (2 000m) lies at the southernmost tip of Calabria. The face overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast drops in terraces to the shore while the slopes on the Ionian coast descend more gently down to the sea. Forests of chestnut trees, oak..

  • 19 Palazzo Nuovo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    I - 00100 Roma

    Built in 1655 by Girolamo Rainaldi, the palace was part of a project by Michelangelo for the Senate House. With the Palazzo dei Conservatori, it houses the collections of the Capitoline Museums. The room of the Emperors has portraits of all the emper..

  • 20 Imperial Forums Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. 4 Novembre I - 00100 Roma

    These were built by Caesar, Augustus, Trajan, Nerva and Vespasian; of the last two, nothing remains. Opened by Mussolini in 1932, Via dei Fori Imperiali cuts through the middle of them.

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