Sicilia Things to Do

  • Tempio di Apollo
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    theatre Taormina
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  • Chapel of Sant’Agata
    Chapel of Sant’Agata
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Sicilia Things to Do

  • Vucciria and other markets

    Palermo Things to Do

    I had a great experience in Palermo with strEat Palermo tour. It's a streer food tour through the street markets of Palermo.The itinerary includes several stops at bakeries,street vendors and old inns to taste the streetfood & wines. This is web page : streatpalermo.it

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  • Mount Etna

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Catania Things to Do

    There are various trips you can do with Mt Etna, from taking a train around the base of the volcano to actually trekking to the very rim, encased in steam & sulphur. Guide took about 10 of us up, cost $55 euro each. Very informative, appeared to be multi lingual, funny - overall entertaining, also safe. Approx time for tour was about 5...

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  • Out of Palermo - Monreale

    Palermo Things to Do

    The town was for a long time a mere village, and started its expansion when the Norman Kings of Sicily chose the area as their hunting resort, building here a palace (probably identifiable with the modern Town Hall).

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  • Castello Ursino

    Catania Things to Do

    The castle was built between 1239 to 1250 and belonged to Emperor Frederick II, the King of Sicily. At that time the castle was considered impregneable and therefore had important milityry role. After the move of the capital away from Catania and appearance of powder weapons, the castle lost its military role and was used as a prison. The castle...

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  • Cathedral

    Palermo Things to Do

    Monreale Cathedral was built from 1174 to 1185. It was commissioned by William II (1154-89), the Norman ruler of Sicily, who wished to demonstrate the magnificence of his kingdom and outdo the splendid Palatine Chapel built by his grandfather, Roger II. The project employed both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen, resulting in a magnificent fusion of...

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  • Piazza Duomo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Catania Things to Do

    This is the main Piazza, the heart of Catania, with the city’s symbol monument the fountain with the Elephant. The city’s cathedral with the Chapel of Sant’Agata faces this square. Via Etnea starts from Piazza Duomo.

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  • Cattacombe dei Cappuccini

    4 out of 5 stars

    Palermo Things to Do

    The Cattacombe dei Cappuccini is the most macabre and unsettling "tourist attraction" we' ve visited. I suggest to make a tour with a local guide, we' ve booked and made a well done tour with www.siciliandays.com. You´ll see some 8000 embalmed people; one of the best preserved body is a little girl died in 1920,and is the last person buried there....

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  • Piazza Stesicoro

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Catania Things to Do

    This is a really beautiful Piazza with plenty to see. In this piazza alone you can visit ancient Roman amphitheatre ruins, visit Chiesa di San Biagio, see a statue of Vincenzo Bellini, see Palazzo Tezzano and do some great people watching. It was here that I used a helpful Italian phrase to get rid of a begger, "Sono al verde", I am broke, and he...

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  • Other churches

    Palermo Things to Do

    On February 10, 2013, The Clergy (Roman Catholic, but dressed and acted Orthodox) had a service celebrating the restoration of this church. The Cardinal of Palermo was seated in the audience up front. The colors of the mosaics are very intess. Don't miss.

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  • Roman Amphitheatre

    Catania Things to Do

    The strangest thing about this theatre is, that the entrance is through the front door of what looks like a small museum (not recognizable at all) in a busy traffic street. Once inside there is a ticket booth and when you walk on through the house, there is this Roman amphitheatre in its backyard! Great to stroll around, it keeps you busy for an...

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  • Palazzo dei Normani

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Palermo Things to Do

    Sembrerebbe l’ atrio interno di palazzo dei Normanni, antica residenza dei Re Norvegesi Vichingi oggi sede del governo regionale (It seems to me the Inner Patio of Norman’s Palace, ancient Norvegian king’s residence, nowaday occupied by local Sicilian government)

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  • Elephant Statue

    Catania Things to Do

    This statue, surrounded with lovely lawn, is right in the centre of Piazza Duomo and used to be our meeting point. Our guide told us that the elephant is the symbol of Catania but that's all he knew of this statue !

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  • Quattro Canti

    4 out of 5 stars

    Palermo Things to Do

    Palermo's handsome Piazza Vigliena (much more commonly known as Quattro Canti) marks the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emmanuele and Via Maqueda. Geographically the centre of the city when it was built, even in today's sprawling metropolis, it is still regarded as the heart of the city. The piazza was laid out in 1608 in an ambitious and very...

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  • Villa Bellini

    Catania Things to Do

    Catania is a heavy, darkly-colored stone city under a brilliant blue sky. Rarely however is the grey, black, blue and brown relieved by the green of vegetation. This is what makes Villa Bellini such a wonderful change. This is really a large park, named after the famous Catanese composer. There are small amusements for children, fields for gaming,...

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  • Gardens

    Palermo Things to Do

    If you need a moment of relax after a long sightseeing tour I suggest you to walk down to Piazza Marina, grab a snack and a cold beer at the Panellaro and go sit down on one of the benches in Giardino Garibaldi. This garden is a peaceful corner that feels far from the bustle of the city, there are fountains and some huge and wonderful tree as you...

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  • Fish Market

    Catania Things to Do

    One of the place you can't miss is the market, mostly famous for the fish selling. This place is very large and I have never seen so many stands selling huge amount of fresh fishes (mostly still alive). The noise is high: each fishmonger screams price and attribute of his goods and invite you to taste their fish (Yes, here you can eat row fish !!!)...

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  • General

    Palermo Things to Do

    At the airport or hotel, get a copy of Un Ospite a Palermo. A hundred page free book that comes out 6 times a year, with current events, hotels, exhibitions, Restaurants, Museums, Galleries, Historical Buildings & Churches, and Monuments. Also Timetables, openings, and postage rates are included. It is Bilingual - Italian and English

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  • Via Crociferi

    Catania Things to Do

    The arch at the southern end of the Via was built so that the nuns living in a cloister could travel to church without having to go outside. In earthquake-prone Catania such a walkway was considered inordinately dangerous (its collapse would block the escape route of a number of streets), but it was built all the same, and the nuns still use it. In...

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  • Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti

    3 out of 5 stars

    Palermo Things to Do

    San Giovanni degli Eremeti (St. John of the Hermits) is a 12th-century Norman church. With its Arab-inspired bulbous red domes, the church is one of the most characteristic landmarks on the Palermo skyline and is the most romantic building remaining from the heyday of Norman Palermo. Unfortunatelly the church and its clositer was closed during our...

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  • Piazza Dusmet

    Catania Things to Do

    This is a piazza a bit to the west of Piazza Duomo that is surrounded by interesting things. The statue in the center is of the Cardinal Dusmet, whose body is on display in the Duomo. Nearby: on the west side of the Piazza is Bellini's House and Museum, on the right the Immacolata Church that houses the candelora of St. Agata, to the north through...

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  • Theatro Massimo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Palermo Things to Do

    1860 saw Sicily annexed to the newly united Kingdom of Sicily. These were good times for Palermo. The city was appointed the administrative capital of the island and new investments saw economic and industrial expansion. The population grew and a building boom saw expansion beyond the boundaries of the old historical centre, into an area known as...

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  • Mount Pellegrino

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Palermo Things to Do

    I didn't make it to Mt. Pelligrino, but I was given these directions to get there. Apparently the tomb of Santa Rosalia is there. Pick up bus #812 in Piazza Storza. I think the same bus for Mondello will take you to Mt. Pelligrino, but you can ask any bus driver in the Piazza which us to take.

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  • Piazza Pretoria

    4 out of 5 stars

    Palermo Things to Do

    This is one of the landmarks which thankfully has had a long overdue overhaul. It was originally intended for Firenze in the middle 1500s, and at it unveiling the nude figures saw it dubbed '"The Fountain of Shame" . A great square where a few people congregate some evenings, unlike the Piazza Garibaldi with it's crowds

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  • Museo Archeologico

    Palermo Things to Do

    Even if going to Museums is not your thing, this is a good place to start. First it is situated in a fine old religious building (with 2 cloisters) Second it has many of the Antiquities of W. Sicily that could not be properly preserved where they were found, third this high quality. If you go be sure to find where rooms 9-14 are and be sure they...

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  • Out of Palermo - Etna

    Palermo Things to Do

    ETNA the great vulcan, the biggest in Europe with 3300, and still active Living near Etna means also living with Etna. Funny: You´ll find some snow on Etna. Awfully: the guide on the top is talking about the cigarette molecules (???), and this mostly in italian Amazing: The real good explanation of the girls on your way back (in different...

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  • Out of Palermo - Taormina

    Palermo Things to Do

    The GREEK AMPHITHEATRE was built in the third century BC, and expanded by the Romans, who enlarged the stage and added a partial roof (now destroyed). Reserved seating existed even in Greek times; a seat bears the inscription of the name of Philistide, wife of Hieron II of Syracuse. The view of Mount Etna and the sea beyond the theatre is...

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  • Out of Palermo - Agrigento

    Palermo Things to Do

    It´s a small very pritty city in the south of Sicily. You can reach it by the train. Go and see the Valley of the temples, great filling but hope that it would be rainy And don´t miss to see the temples by night, illuminated they are great The Greek Teples dated form aproximatley 450 BC, From the valley you´ve got a good few to Agrigento

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  • Galleria Regionale di Sicilia

    Palermo Things to Do

    The Galleria Regionale di Sicilia. This is a sad museum to visit, because the works of art are not properly taken care of. Employees smoke RIGHT NEXT TO THE CANVASES. Elderly visitors RUB THEIR FINGERS ON THE PAINTINGS. It figures that everything in the museum is in an advanced state of decay, except for da Messina's famous 'Annunzione', which lies...

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  • Palermo ~ The Quattro Canti

    Another achitectural gem waiting to be discovered in Palermo is the Quattro Canti, or the "Four Corners" located on the Piazza Vigilena. Our tour guide thought it unnecessary for us to actually stop and take photos so there was little time to appreciate this work of art.The Quattro Canti is comprised of four, three + story Baroque buildings with...

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  • Palermo ~ Diamonds Among the Rust

    Anticipating an exciting introduction to Sicily, we arrived at Palermo by cruise ship at the "Stazione Marittima" on the Via Del Mare where the early morning scene could have been from any large, industrial-looking city.Palermo is a major city with well over a half-million inhabitants and it plays an important role as capital of the Province of...

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  • Ortigia, Siracusa

    On this island the Greeks originally founded their city, thrilled with the fact that they found the drinking water on the shore - Fonte Aretusa. On the island we visited the narrow streets of the old town which has kept the Greek urban whole. First we visited the remains of the Temple of Apollo - one of the oldest temples in Sicily, which has...

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  • Parco Archeologico Neapolis

    The third day 's program was a trip to Syracuse , the largest and richest of the Greek colonies in Magna Grecia , the city of Archimedes . Put us first inflicted in the Archaeological Park where the Greek theater , mine marble , Greek sanctuaries and Roman amphitheater , reportedly the third largest in ancient Rome . The theater is huge , ideally...

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  • Visit Etna

    The weather is excellent served, Etna was quiet (three days after returning from Sicily Etna was erupted which resulted in the prohibition of visits to the volcano and the closure of the airport). As we climbed changed and vegetation: palm and citrus fruits , then olives and grapes, then apples and pears, then conifers, then only endemic broom and...

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  • Taormina - playboys playground

    In Taormina we could with bus (since the city is located on the cliffs of the peninsula), but the minibus to twenty people in that we managed to cram us thirty-five. Taormina's most luxurious tourist town in Sicily who is now best known for being in him staying (or have a home) European and American jet set and Hollywood stars. InTaormina is...

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  • Catania

    Catania is a large city at the foot of Etna, quite different from the Norman Palermo, all filled with Baroque palaces and churches. For this there is a reason, namely Catania repeatedly in history was destroyed by the eruption, so it continually and updated. We visited Park Bellini, unfortunately only part of which was illuminated. We liked the...

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  • Cefalu

    Cefalu is a town squeezed between large rocks (by which it got its name) and the sea. It was founded back in Greek times (there are remains of the walls along the sea and the temple on the hill), and became significant after the Normans to thank salvation in a shipwreck in it built a magnificent cathedral. Narrow streets, we came to Piazza Duomo in...

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  • Monreale

    From the parking lot at the foot of the stairs of the city and the narrow streets we climbed to the main square to the famous Norman cathedral . Outside , in addition to its specific architecture and size of the cathedral did not act differently than others . Inside is already something else entirely . Despite the fact that we are prepared on the...

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  • Duomo in Palermo

    By bus we still drove through Emanuelle Corso, the main street perpendicular to the sea to Palermo cathedral. Corso Emanuelle have two doors enclosing the arch-shaped tower at the beginning and the end. Cathedral of the large square fantastic. Beautiful Norman architecture with Moorish and Catalan trace.Entering the church, we have experienced a...

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  • Capella Palatina

    If we were a bit shocked by the beauty of the mosaic in Monreal, the peak shock was waiting for us in the chapel Palatini, a large part of the Norman Palace in Palermo. The man simply left speechless in front of such a view of the lively, dense, almost surreal art.

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  • Going to the top of Etna volcano

    About 20 km from Catania, Etna - the highest volcano in Europe - can be easly reached by car or public transportation. If you have a car is worth to stop in the small villages you get during the trip, such as Trecastagni or Zafferana Etnea (depending on the route you choose). Rifugio Sapienza can be reached in half an hour and from there you can...

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  • Taormina - Teatro Greco

    Set in a spectacular position, Theatro Greco (Greek Amphitheatre) is one of the most famous Sicilian monuments. When in the 3rd century BC the Greek of Taormina began the construction of an amphitheatre, they chose a setting for it where the incomparable beauty of the landscape formed the wings for the performances. The world famous view of Etna,...

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  • Agrigento - Valle dei Templi

    One of Sicily's premier attractions and undoubtedly the most renowned of Agrigento is Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples). It is a large archeological site containing the remains of various Doric temples dating from the 6th and 5th century BC. They represent some of the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece and...

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  • Cattedrale di Monreale

    If you ever visit Sicily, you can not miss this rare jewel, a wonderful fusion of Romanesque Byzantine and Arab culture, the masterpiece of Norman art in Sicily and world-famous for the absolute beauty of the mosaic cycles that cover almost every square metre of the interior. The splendid gold mosaics represent the scenes from the Old and New...

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  • Duomo di Cefalu

    According to legend, the Duomo di Chefalu (the Cefalu Cathedral) was built by the King of Sicily, Roger II. On the way bac to Sicily from Naples, his fleet of ships was caught in a violent storm. He vowed that if delivered from the storm, he would build the cathedral in the place he landed - which turned out to be the fishing town of Cefalu. Dating...

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  • Gole dell'Alcantara (Alcantara Gorges)

    Only about 20 km drive up the winding road from Giardini-Naxos is Gole dell'Alcantara, gorge of Alcantara river. The road runs through gentle hills covered with citrus groves, olive trees and wild flowers. The road runs over and alongside the river and the various bridges are a reminder that the name 'Alcantara' is of Arabic origin (al Qantara -...

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