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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Cattedrale di San Nicolò

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Noto's domed cathedral (divine in more ways than one) is an undisputed highlight of the extraordinary Baroque architecture for which the town...Read More

  • 9. Cattedrale di San Pietro

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Statues of the apostles line the staircase of Modica's cathedral, which was originally constructed in the 14th century, then rebuilt in an impressive...Read More

  • 10. Centro Storico

    Historic District/Site

    Black lava stone from Etna, combined with largely Baroque architecture, give Catania's historic center a very distinctive feel. After Catania...Read More

  • 11. Chiesa del Gesù

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It is more than worth the short detour from the lively Ballarò Market to step into the serene Baroque perfection of Chiesa del Gesù (Church...Read More

  • 12. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its cupola and twin turrets, Acireale's Duomo is an extravagant Baroque construction dating from the 17th century. In the chapel to the...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Festa di Sant'Agata

    Festival–Sight

    Each February 3–5, the Festa di Sant'Agata honors Catania's patron saint with one of Italy's biggest religious festivals. The saint herself...Read More

  • 15. Fonte Aretusa

    Ortygia | Fountain

    A freshwater spring, the Fountain of Arethusa, sits next to the sea, studded with Egyptian papyrus that's reportedly natural. This anomaly is...Read More

  • 16. Ibla

    Neighborhood/Street

    The lovely historic center of Ragusa, known as Ibla, was completely rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1693. Its tumble of buildings...Read More

  • 17. Piazza Archimede

    Ortygia | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The center of this piazza has a Baroque fountain, the Fontana di Diana, festooned with fainting sea nymphs and dancing jets of water. Look for...Read More

  • 18. Piazza del Duomo

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Closed to traffic but always buzzing with crowds, this piazza has at its heart an elephant carved out of lava, balancing an Egyptian obelisk...Read More

  • 19. Piazza Vittorio Emanuele

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    In town, head straight for Via Roma, which leads to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele—the center of Enna's shopping scene and evening passeggiata. The...Read More

  • 20. Rocca di Cerere

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The Greek cult of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, was said to have centered on Enna, where its adherents built a temple atop the Rocca di Cerere...Read More

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