This is a mini-guide to introduce you 10 places to visit in Sicily!
“Eternal meeting point between East and West, Africa and Europe, the gorgeous island of Sicily is a linchpin of Mediterranean culture and one of Europe’s most alluring destinations. ” – This is the way that Lonely Planet introduce our great Sicily. While you will be reading this post you’ll understand that Sicily is a great place and you’ll book as soon as possible your holidays in order to discover these 10 places to visit in Sicily…
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Agrigento’s Valle dei Templi
Valle dei Templi is one of the best-preserved ancient Greek temples in the world ! It’s close to the city of Agrigento. They’re the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas, founded by the Greeks in the 6th century B.C.
The archaeological site is enormous. It includes Greek remains and a large section of the Roman quarter, but the most beautiful remains are Greek. Like the Temple of Concord and the stunning Temple of Juno.
You can also visit the websites www.lavalledeitempli.it for more information
Ancient Greek theater of Taormina
A real postcard from Italy: Taormina! You can have a spectacular views of both the sea and Mount Etna. It’s famous for another reason, too: its Greek theater. Built in the 3rd century B.C., it’s Sicily’s largest ancient theater. You can have the chance not only to visit a beautiful archeological site but also to enjoy a great stage for important musical performances, such as many operas and concerts.
You can also visit the website www.taormina-arte.com for more information
Mussomeli Castle – Caltanissetta
Mussomeli Castle is a masterpiece of 14th- and 15th-century military architecture. It appears as an integral part of the rock in isolation above the countryside of Caltanissetta
Once there you can’t miss the lofty cross-vaulted halls, the Barons’ Hall , the “Prison of Death”, where condemned people were lowered through a trapdoor and drowned, and the Chapel, where there is a statue , “Our Lady of the Chain”, to whom prisoners implored for grace.
You can visit the website www.comunedimussomeli.it for more information
Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania
Catania could not make a tribute to its most famous son, the composer Vincenzo Bellini. In 1890, 55 years after his death at age 34, with Norma, Bellini’s most famous work, Catania made its tribute. That evening there were all nobles and ministers of the Kingdom. At the end of the representation also the common people could enter , to admire the beautiful theater .
With a guided tour you can visit the halland the gallery richly decorated. The ceiling is painted with images of Bellini and his most famous works: Norma, La Sonnambula, Puritans and The Pirate
You can also visit the website www.teatromassimobellini.it for more information
Sant’Agata Cathedral in Catania
The Cathedral of Sant’Agata has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt after earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Etna.
The first construction dates back to 1070 but there are only some of that remains because everything else has been destroyed and rebuilt again. The facade is entirely made of Carrara marble and columns are from the ancient Roman theater. . Protected behind a gate there is the Chapel of St. Agatha with the chamber containing the relics.
You can also visit the website www.comune.catania.it for more information
Popular market of Palermo
Palermo has markets that are places out of time, with the charm of an ancient culture and its traditions. The markets of Ballarò and Vucciria are the most visited, where you can find the colors and flavours of Palermo and the whole of Sicily. There other two interesting markets that you cannot miss : Capo and Borgo Vecchio which is also opened at night.
www.comune.palermo.it for more information
Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe
You can make one of the many tours offered by tour operators, agencies and individual guides.
You can visit the Valle del Bove, there are about 200 caves used since ancient times as a refuge, cemeteries and holy places. There are a lot of activities that you can do : excursions with the jeep, hike, or ride with the Circumetnea Railway around the volcano.
Medieval Castle of Erice
he Norman Castle in Erice is also known as the Venus Castle, because of its origin as a temple of the goddess of fertility. In the 12th century, the Normans used the stones of the temple to build the castle, which was restored after a long period of decadence in the 19th century .
It’s open daily, with a small admission charge. Signs and a guide-map indicate the traces of the different stages of the site’s history, but the greatest sight is actually the stupendous view from the fortifications. You can see the sea, the coastline and the crags along with some of Erice’s other ruined fortifications.
www.fondazioneericearte.org/castellodivenere it for more information
Island of Ortigia – Siracusa
The island of Ortigia is the historical heart of Siracusa.
Walking through its alleys you’ll discover that much of the island’s charm lies in narrow medieval lanes with Baroque palaces and churches. Ortigia has many great places to discover – one of them is the small Chiesa of San Martino, a simple and ancient church with a lovely interior, decorated with a mosaic in the apse.
www.ortigia.it for more information
Turkish staircase – Agrigento
The “Turkish Staircase” is a white limestone rock molded by the weather and it has a stunning beach.
The form that has this natural monument is precisely of a staircase, where according to legend, during the Moorish invasions that raged in the ‘500, the Turks (erroneously so called) landed in the territory of today Realmonte climbing on stratifications of this cliff
The view is breathtaking and even if you don’t like to go to the beach it is worth coming out here.
It is s about an hour drive from Palermo and 15 minutes from Agrigento. Once there it takes a short walk following the trail. The Turkish Staircase is since 2007 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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