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Private Day Trip to San Giovanni Rotondo to Visit the Shrine of Padre Pio from Sorrento or Naples
"Starting from Sorrento Naples or any town along the Amalfi coast drive the A16 towards east we take the excite of Foggia and start to drive up to the town of San Giovanni Rotondo which is located on the promontory of Gargano (the spur of the boot). 1-hour drive from Foggia we reach the town of San Giovanni Rotondo. Visit the Cappuccini conv the old chapel and the crypt where Padre Pio has rest for 40 years.After this first complex we move to the new Sanctuary opened in 2004 where the body of Padre Pio rests in a glass coffin visible to the pilgrims. After the 2-hour visit we return ""A pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo on the Shrine of Padre Pio.
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Private Transfer: Palermo to Syracuse with Valley of the Temples Stop
"Meet your driver at your Palermo hotel in the morning and step into an air-conditioned vehicle. As this is a private transfer you’ll receive undivided attention from your driver.Take off into the Sicilian countryside moving from Palermo in the northwest toward Syracuse in the southeast. Look out the window as you cruise along and witness the diverse Sicilian landscapes which range from flat grassy pasture and gently rolling olive groves to rugged mountainous terrain.Stop at the UNESCO-listed archaeological area of Agrigento the site of the ancient Greek colony of Akragas which was one of the richest and most important cities in Antiquity. After paying your entrance fee set off on foot to explore the Valley of the Temples
From EUR103.00
 
Private Transfer: Palermo to Taormina with Villa Romana del Casale and Agrigento Stops
"After pickup from your Palermo hotel settle in to your comfortable private vehicle for a journey across the island of Sicily to Taormina. Without the stress that comes with navigating unfamiliar roads you can relax and unwind as you travel and enjoy the scenery along the way.First pull up at the UNESCO-listed archaeological area of Agrigento an ancient Greek city that is set on a vast plateau overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. After paying your entrance fee enter the Valley of the Temples and stroll down the main artery of Via Sacra. Get up close to the temple ruins and imagine how the Greek city would have appeared in its heyday. Look out for the Temple of Concordia an immaculately-preserved temple that dates back to the 5th century BC.Head back out on the road for the next leg of the journey
From EUR103.00

More Things to Do in Monreale

Chiostro dei Benedittini.

Chiostro dei Benedittini or Cloister of Benedictines is a part of Monreale cathedral. This is one of the most significant monuments of Norman architecture built in last quarter of XII century. This...
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Oct 20, 2015

Chiostro dei Benedittini. Galleries

Galleries of Chiostro dei Benedittini or Cloister of Benedictines separated from yard by the colonnades consisting of Romanesque columns of XII century. Each column decorated either with strips of...
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Oct 20, 2015

Fountain

the corner but must be there because cloister of any medieval monastery was the model of the paradise as monks and scholars imagined it. Chiostro dei Benedittini or Cloister of Benedictines is no...
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Oct 20, 2015

Romanesque capitals

During your visit to Chiostro dei Benedittini or Cloister of Benedictines you are going to find a lot of wonderful Romanesque columns with capitals decorated with scenes from ancient myths, Holy Bible...
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Oct 20, 2015

Armed men on the capitals

Here in Chiostro dei Benedittini or Cloister of Benedictines you will find a lot of columns with Romanesque capitals decorated with figures of warrior. You are going to find Saracen, Greek and Norman...
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Oct 20, 2015

Saracen Warriors

Since about half of subjects in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily were Saracens of Arabic origin we can see the figures of Saracen warriors on several capitals in the cloister of Monreale Cathedral....
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Oct 20, 2015
 
 
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Byzantine men-at-arms

Since there were a lot of Greek subjects and Greek masters in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily some capitals in the cloister of Monreale Cathedral were made by Greeks. Capital of column #24E shows the...
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Oct 20, 2015

Norman men at arms

Several column capitals have bas-relieves with figures of Norman men-at-arm of second half of XII century. You can find them easily because each column in the cloister of Monreale Cathedral is marked...
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Oct 20, 2015

Cathedral – Exterior

“The exterior of the apse is the apogee of Norman decoration.” ~ Eyewitness Travel: SicilyWhen we arrived in Monreale, the cathedral was closed for several hours after lunch. This gave us some time to...
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Oct 21, 2014

Cathedral – Interior

“An amalgamation of Arab, Byzantine and Norman artistic styles framed by traditional Romanesque architecture, representing the best of twelfth-century culture”As you enter the cathedral, the first...
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Oct 21, 2014

Cathedral - Mosaics

The colorful mosaics with golden tesserae background cover an astounding 6400 meters square (68,889 square feet). It would appear that no parts of the walls were left untouched by the artisans who...
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Oct 21, 2014

William II’s English Plantagenet connection

William II is buried in Monreale cathedral in a white marble sarcophagus that sits beside his father’s (William I) brown porphyry sarcophagus in one of the corners of the transept.I’ll be the first to...
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Oct 21, 2014

Cathedral - climbing the tower

We came to Monreale knowing that we would be climbing the tower – it is what we do (Hubby just has a thing about climbing things and I typically join in the ‘fun’). So after we had seen the interior...
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Oct 21, 2014

Cathedral - Cloisters

We were unable to get into the cloisters on the day we visited since it was a Monday afternoon and they were only open in the mornings on Mondays. It was a disappointment, but I was able to at least...
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Oct 21, 2014

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