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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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Mt. Etna


    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

  • 5. Villa Comunale


    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

  • 6. Castello Saraceno

    Military Site

    An unrelenting 20-minute walk up the Via Crucis footpath takes you to the church of the Madonna della Rocca, hollowed out of the limestone rock...Read More

  • 7. Catacombe dei Cappuccini

    Near Palazzo Reale | Cemetery

    The spookiest sight in all of Sicily, this 16th-century catacomb houses nearly 9,000 corpses of men, women, and young children—some in tombs...Read More

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  • 8. Cattedrale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church is a lesson in Palermitano eclecticism—originally Norman (1182), then Catalan Gothic (14th to 15th century), then fitted out with...Read More

  • 9. Circumetnea

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Instead of climbing up Mt. Etna, you can circle it on this private railroad, which runs between Catania and Riposto; by following the base of...Read More

  • 10. Cloister

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The lovely cloister of the abbey adjacent to the Duomo was built at the same time as the church but enlarged in the 14th century. The beautiful...Read More

  • 11. Club Alpino Italiano


    A great resource for Mt. Etna climbing and hiking guides for those who have some experience and don't want a lot of hand-holding. ...Read More

  • 12. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The reconstruction of Messina's Norman and Romanesque cathedral, originally built by the Norman king Roger II and consecrated in 1197, has retained...Read More

  • 13. Museo Archeologico Regionale Salinas

    Olivella | Museum/Gallery

    This archaeology museum is the oldest public museum in Sicily, with a small but excellent collection, including a marvelously reconstructed...Read More

  • 14. Palazzo Abatellis

    Kalsa | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in this late-15th-century Catalan Gothic palace with Renaissance elements is the Galleria Regionale. Among its treasures are the Annunciation...Read More

  • 15. Palazzo Corvaja

    Building/Architectural Site

    Many of Taormina's 14th- and 15th-century palaces have been carefully preserved. Especially beautiful is the Palazzo Corvaja, with characteristic...Read More

  • 16. Palazzo Reale

    Albergheria | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This historic palace, also called Palazzo dei Normanni (Norman Palace), was the seat of Sicily's semiautonomous rulers for centuries; the building...Read More

  • 17. Piazza Pretoria

    Quattro Canti | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The square's centerpiece, a lavishly decorated fountain with 500 separate pieces of sculpture and an abundance of nude figures, so shocked some...Read More

  • 18. Riserva Naturale Saline Di Trapani E Paceco


    When the Italian government proposed building a highway through this coastal marsh used for salt harvesting for centuries, protests by the local...Read More

  • 19. San Cataldo

    Kalsa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Three striking Saracenic scarlet domes mark this church, built in 1154 during the Norman occupation of Palermo. The church now belongs to the...Read More

  • 20. San Giovanni degli Eremiti

    Albergheria | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Distinguished by its five reddish-orange domes and stripped-clean stone interior, this 12th-century church was built by the Normans on the site...Read More

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