If you are thinking of travelling in Sicily, you are probably dreaming of some incredibly beautiful film landscapes and beaches, but if you really want to enjoy your trip to Sicily, it is important to know where to go and be organised. The first thing is: RELAX, IT’S SICILY!
There are incredible Villas in Sicily available to be booked online especially in these times of Covid. You can decide on a base and visit the rest of the island from there.
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Sicily: Beauty in every corner
Palermo: the population is one million and it is a city that lives through a mixture of churches, cathedrals, oratories and museums, buildings that are the result of the previous Norman, Arab civilisation with the Baroque architecture. In the historic centre, two unmissable destinations: the Cathedral in Norman style and the Palazzo Reale which took thirteen years to build and in which the beautiful mosaics of Capella Palatina stand out. The Teatro Massimo is another attraction that invites you to attend an opera. It is the third-largest theatre in Europe and the largest in Sicily (it loses against Operá in Paris and KK Hof-Opernhaus in Vienna).
Monreale: the brightness of the city is mainly due to the golden and polychrome mosaics of the Cathedral. Once a mosque, today it brings something of the Arab, Venetian, and Byzantine masters in the decoration of its walls. It is an architectural masterpiece. Beside it, the Benedictine Monastery is one of the most significant cloisters in Italy for its dimensions and the beauty of its double columns.
Segesta: the city founded by a local people has blended well with Greek and then Roman culture. In the 5th century BC, an amphitheatre was built on top of a hill where beautiful and historical play was on stage during the summer. Never finished up, the Doric construction never had a roof. However, it is magnanimous on a plateau on top of the hill and the view from there is indescribable.
Trapani: besides the sea with indescribable colours decorating its coastline, the port city is famous for its salt production. Local activity since the 19th century has even a museum that instructs a lot about local production which, due to its quality, is exported to distant places such as northern Norway.
Erice: it is not very far from Trapani and it can be done in a very original way: by tram. Erice is medieval and its historical centre brings a return to the past with stone roads and small squares leading to beautiful churches. Besides the famous gastronomy, the main attraction of the city is Castello de Veneri built on a temple dedicated to the goddess Venus.
Agrigento: the city is synonymous with its most famous Temple Valley, buildings from the 5th century BC that evoke the power and magnitude of Greek power. It is a richly preserved archaeological site that brings, besides the temples, a neighbourhood with market ruins, sanctuaries, altars, and villas many of them decorated with original mosaics. To get an idea, the region will show seven Doric style temples: Juno, Concórdia, Asclépio, Héracles, Olimpeu, and Dioscuro.
Catania has one of the hottest neighbours on the planet. It is the city in which one arrives to visit Mount Etna which shows itself without pouring its anger on the local population. The last serious incident was in 1693 and the buildings after the event shows the use of lava in architecture. The eruption in 2003 was the target of photos of tourists lying on the beach and clicking the volcano spitting fire.
Now that you have just a preview of what it is waiting for you, book your next trip to Sicilia!
It looks lovely. I have never thought about Sicily as a holiday destination but will do so now. Thank you!
This looks gorgeous would love to go there one day