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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 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. Castello Maniace

    Ortygia | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The southern tip of Ortygia island is occupied by this castle built by Frederick II (1194–1250), until recently an army barracks, from which...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 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. Chiesa di San Matteo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Scicli is a city of churches, honey-hued and all built after the devastating earthquake in the 17th century. The church of San Matteo is abandoned...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Giardino Ibleo

    Garden/Arboretum

    Set on the edge of the old town, Giardino Ibleo is a tranquil public garden lined with palm trees and dotted with fountains and churches along...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Teatro Greco

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Greeks put a premium on finding impressive locations to stage their dramas, such as Taormina's hillside Teatro Greco. Beyond the columns...Read More

  • 16. Torre di Federico II

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This mysterious octagonal tower stands above the lower part of town and has been celebrated for millennia as marking the exact geometric center...Read More

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