A saunter through Sicily
Begin your exploration of the Sicilian capital with a dazzling eye-opener, the Cappella Palatina.
Norman Palace -
The Palazzo dei Normannim itself is the oldest royal residence in Europe, with parts of the building dating back to the 11th century.
Museum collections -
Also look out for the lion heads displayed in the Selinunte Room. They once graced the Temple of Victory in the ancient city of Himera.
Capuchin Catacombs -
One of Palermo's most popular visitor attractions is found underground, the 16th-century Catacombe dei Cappuccini.
Palermo Cathedral -
Palermo's cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cathedral of Monreale -
Another cathedral worth investigating is at Monreale. Located 7 km (4 mi) inland of the Sicilian capital.
emple of Heracles -
Linger at Agrigento at dusk and watch darkness slowly fall over the illuminated ruins of the Temple of Heracles.
Actually, Sicily is home to some sensational examples of ancient Greek temples. Selinunte was once a community of 30,000 souls.
Mount Etna -
Sicily hosts the largest, most active volcano in Europe: Etna. In 2021, a series of explosive eruptions reminded everyone of how volatile and unpredictable Etna is.
Ferrovia Circumetnea -
A novel way to explore Etna is to ride the Ferrovia Circumetnea, a narrow-gauge railway that circumnavigates the mountain.
Neapolis Archaeological Park - The park is home to one of the largest theaters in the ancient Greek empire.
Isola Bella -
One of Taormina's natural wonders is Isola Bella, a small but perfectly formed island reached by treading a narrow strip of rocky beach.
Aeolian Islands -
Moored off Sicily's north coast is the volcanic archipelago known as the Aeolian Islands.
Zingaro Nature Reserve -
Riserva naturale dello zingaro was the first natural reserve set up in Sicily, in 1981.
Modica, another UNESCO gem acknowledged for its Baroque splendor, is highlighted by the hallowed Church of San Giorgio.
Trapani on the west coast of Sicily is historically associated with salt production.