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Sightseeing in Sicily - what to see. Complete travel guide

The island of Sicily is practically the only place in Italy that has managed to preserve and save the imprints of many ages and epochs. Many years ago Sicily attracted a large number of invaders. On the territory of the city lived the Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, Normans, and Arabs. Sometimes only one nation lived here, and sometimes different nations co-existed in this place. All these peoples have left rich heritage in the history and culture of this place. Various cultures have influenced on the formation of all aspects of the island’s life, from art and architecture to the language and cuisine.
Many travelers associate beach vacations in Sicily with the picturesque coastline of Palermo. Palermo's most popular beach is Mondello covered with amazing white sand making water to look … Open
The Greek people have left Sicily with magnificent temples and theaters, the Romans brought the amazing mosaics, the Arab added Moorish style to the island that can be seen in a variety of architectural sights. The arrival of the Normans to the island of Sicily was marked by the acquaintance with Roman architecture, the monuments of which still impress tourists with their grandeur. You should definitely visit the cathedrals in Monreale and Cefalu. The Spanish nation has introduced the island with the ornate decoration of the buildings facades, various moldings and decorative ornaments that are typical for the baroque style and that can be seen on many Sicilian palaces and churches.
The main places that are famous among tourists are museums and villas of Palermo, Taormina town well-known for its ancient Greek theater, Archaeological Park and Ortigia, Norman cathedral in Cefalu and Piazza del Duomo, Syracuse Historic Center, a magnificent cathedral in Monreale, Agrigento and Piazza Armerina, and the Aeolian Islands. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Sicily has more than 3,000 accommodation places and each of them is unique. Many local hotels are real historical attractions, the lovely hotel Villa Athena is among them. This luxurious … Open
Sicily is famous for its unusual natural attractions. Dionysus Ear cave is an extremely popular tourist destination. The ancient limestone cave owes its name to an unusual entrance, whose outlines does resemble a little auricle. The cave is remarkable not only for the variety of unique geological formations but for its acoustic properties.
View of Aci Castello across the sea from Acitrezza Sicilia Hikers around ancient places will have an opportunity to see the ancient Greek theater, built in the 3rd century BC. Originally, it was designed for 10000 spectators. The theater has been perfectly preserved to the present day and is currently used for various cultural events. The ancient arena is used for concerts, theatrical performances and film festivals.
The main feature of Sicilian cuisine is its versatility. Culinary connoisseurs can easily recognize typical Greek, Spanish and Arabic features; their harmonious combination determines the … Open
Milazzo resort is known for a unique religious monument - the temple of San Francesco di Paola. Today, Milazzo is a quiet and small resort. But several hundred years ago, it was a large port city. It used to fend off the attacks of invaders. During one of these attacks, a cannon shell hit the church wall. However, the shell was far from destroying the building. It remained intact in the wall instead. This amazing feature attracts many travelers.
acireale Villa del Casale, which is a unique monument of the Roman era, is located in the very heart of the island. It is considered a true world masterpiece. This luxurious villa was built in the 4th century. Judging by its size, it belonged to the emperor himself or to some of his trusted officials. Villa's main preserved element is a mosaic floor made of clay. The most different stories from Greek myths are clearly seen on it.
Cultural traditions of Sicily represent a unique phenomenon, which has found expression in the most interesting folk festivals and customs. During the year, the island celebrates a variety … Open
Mount Etna continues to remain Sicily's trademark. It is the largest active volcano in Europe. Interesting tours are organized to the volcano. You can admire it from a safe distance. The large adjoining territory is constantly covered with ash and is absolutely lifeless. Here, you can make wonderful memorable pictures against lunar landscapes. Etna erupts frequently. Even if the eruption does not take place for a long time, clouds of white smoke are constantly seen above the crater.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Sicily
♥   Castle 'Castello di Caccamo' Caccamo, 24.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castelbuono' Palermo, 33 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Bivona' Bivona, 38.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Lombardia' Enna, 47.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Agrigento' Agrigento, 48.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Grand Canal has become the signature landmark of Venice. All most beautiful palaces and castles are located along the canal. Palazzo Ducale is often called the most beautiful castle in Venice. This is a wonderful historic building, which halls have retained their original look of past centuries. … Open
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