Sicily

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  • 1. Castello Normanno

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    In all of Sicily there may be no spot more scenic than atop Castello Normanno, reached by a set of steep staircases rising out of the town center...Read More

  • 2. Chiesa di San Giorgio

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This lovely Baroque church in Modica Alta, dating from after the 1693 earthquake, is reached by climbing 250 steps that crisscross in a monumental...Read More

  • 3. Duomo

    Ortygia | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Siracusa's Duomo is an archive of more than 2,000 years of island history, and has creatively incorporated ruins through the many time periods...Read More

  • 4. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Monreale's splendid cathedral is lavishly executed with mosaics depicting events from the Old and New Testaments. It's a glorious fusion of...Read More

  • 5. Greek Temple Ruins

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Selinunte was one of the most superb colonies of ancient Greece. Founded in the 7th century BC, the city became the rich and prosperous rival...Read More

  • 6. La Martorana

    Quattro Canti | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One piazza over from the dancing nymphs of Fontana Pretoria, this church, with its elegant Norman campanile, was erected in 1143 but had its...Read More

  • 7. Mt. Etna

    Volcano

    In 387 BC, Plato sailed in just to catch a glimpse of it; in the 9th century AD, the first granita of all was shaved off its snowy slopes; in...Read More

  • 8. Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano

    Museum/Gallery

    This vast, multibuilding museum is terrific, with an intelligently arranged collection of prehistoric finds—some dating as far back as 4000...Read More

  • 9. Parco Archeologico della Neapolis

    Archaeological Zone | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Siracusa is most famous for its dramatic set of Greek and Roman ruins, which are considered to be some of the best archeological sites in all...Read More

  • 10. Piazza del Duomo

    Ortygia | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    In the heart of Ortygia, this sunkissed stone square filled with frolicking children and street musicians ranks as one of Italy's most beautiful...Read More

  • 11. Tempio Dorico

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Segesta's imposing temple was actually started in the 5th century BC by the Elymians, who may have been refugees from Troy—or at least non-Greeks...Read More

  • 12. Valle dei Templi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The eight or so monuments within the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are considered to be, along with the Acropolis in...Read More

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  • 13. Villa Comunale

    Garden/Arboretum

    Stroll down Via Bagnoli Croce from the main Corso Umberto to the Villa Comunale to enjoy the stunning views from the seaside city's best terrace...Read More

  • 14. Villa Romana del Casale (Imperial Roman Villa)

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The exceptionally well-preserved Imperial Roman Villa is thought to have been a hunting lodge of the emperor Maximian (3rd–4th century AD) and...Read More

  • 15. Vulcano

    Island

    A popular day trip from Lipari is to visit the most notorious of the Aeolian Islands: Vulcano. True to its name—and the origin of the term—Vulcano...Read More

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  • 16. Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

    Town/Village

    These two gems on the Riviera dei Ciclopi (Cyclops Riviera), the coastline between Acireale and Catania, fill with city dwellers in summer....Read More

  • 17. Amenano River

    Geological Site

    This underground river flows beneath much of Catania. You can glimpse it at the Fontana dell'Amenano, but the best place to experience the river...Read More

  • 18. Basilica di San Giorgio

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Designed by Rosario Gagliardi in 1738, the duomo is a fine example of the Sicilian Baroque. ...Read More

  • 19. Belvedere di Santa Caterina

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Lord Byron (1788–1824) visited the Belvedere di Santa Caterina to look out over the Ionian Sea during his Italian wanderings. Today, the viewing...Read More

  • 20. Castello di Lombardia

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Enna's narrow, winding streets are dominated at one end by the impressive cliff-hanging Castello di Lombardia, rebuilt by Frederick II to create...Read More

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