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Catacombe dei Cappucini
This is 'different.' In the catacombs there are masses of skeletons, clothed and separated by sex and profession.
Greek Theatre (SV)
I'm not into the debate about whether what's there now is Greek or Roman. The point is that it's marvellous.
Hype does no service for this fine building. Enjoy this 12th century castle for what it is [see 'read more'] and ignore any silly comparison with Granada's Alhambra.
This palace was completed at the end of the 18th century on much older foundations and is one of the few palatial houses with furniture open to the public in the area.
Palazzo dei Normanni
A building with a long and fascinating history.
S Giovanni degli Eremiti
This is a deconsecrated church dating from early medieval times with a mixture of styles and lovely red cupolas.
Chiesa della Martorana
La Martorana is a stunningly beautiful church - click on 'read more' for some photos - but spare a few moments for the very simple church of San Catoldo, which is virtually adjacent.
Many visitors arrive in Sicily at Catania Airport.
The island capital.
Closed when I was here and shouldn't have been according to any printed information!!
Unlike the archaeological museums in Agrigento and Siracusa, this is not a purpose-built building but an interesting one, having been both a convent and a near ruin after wartime bombing.
One of Sicily's most modern museums, this one contains, inter alia, a reconstructed telamon [huge standing statue of a man.]
A fabulous area of major sites including the Greek Theatre, the Paradise Quarries, and the Roman amphitheatre.
Very large area with numerous ruined and one restored temple. Also remains of housing and defensive wall in the acropolis area.
Valley of the Temples
One of the best known sites in Sicily with temple remains and one largely restored.
I've seen it from well above [plane] and below but never been on it or on the private railway round it.
Lipari is both an island and a town but I have marked the town separately, with a view over the harbour.
Buses here are a long time apart and you would do well to inquire at the TIC both about times and where to catch the bus.
This is an island that holds the historical heart of Sirasusa from Medieval times [though not its principal archaeological attractions.]
One of the best known places in Sicily because of the Valley of the Temples [qv]
This is where you leave your train or major bus route to get a local bus to Selinunte, a VERY highly recommended trip.
Messina is the nearest town in Sicily to the Italian mainland and, prior to air travel, it was where the majority of visitors entered the island.
Milazzo is visited by most purely as the port for ships and aliccofi [hydrofoils] to the Aeolian Islands.
Sciacca is not a tourist town and there is limited accommodation. It gives a beautiful view down to the coast below.
Siracusa is very much a town worth seeing and calls for at least a one night stop. I didn't find two nights too much. It is also a good base for seeing the south-east of Sicily.
A black hole
I know nothing from my own experience about the coast between Siracusa and Agrigento.
There are many places in Sicily that I don't know. The whole area to the west of this road is included among them.
On my wish list
When I visited Sicily, there was no winter bus service to the villa. if anybody has been and would be prepared to add a marker, please contact Pauline.
A great bus ride from Sciacca leads to this hilltop village. The terminus is near the top.
For a start, don't get caught going to the station or you will have a LONG and STEEP walk. Use a bus from Cefalu.
This is a village/town in size. it is now commonly found in the brochures of travel firms but seemed to have remained a basically simple place. There is a good beach below but its greatest claim to fame lies in its cathedral, a major site for byzantine mosaics. Sadly it was being refurbished when i was there and I missed the best of it.
Marinella is the village where you stay to see the splendid Greek site of Selinunte.
Monreale [a MUST-SEE]
Read anything about the cathedral at Monreale and you will almost certainly think it has to be hype - as I did. I assure you that it is no such thing.
Sometimes called a town, taormina's basic size is still only that of a village. Until relatively recently it was 'just another coastal and hillside village.'
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