Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Sicily! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Sicily’s most important sights.
The sublime mosaics in the Duomo di Monreale are simply breathtaking – a medieval picture bible in the form of glass and coloured tiles.
2. MOUNT ETNA
The snow-covered symbol of the Island of Fire is also Europe’s largest and most active volcano. It is ideal for hikes or excursions by cable-car and Jeep.
Dazzling honey-coloured Greek temples loom high up above the glittering blue water of the Strait of Sicily.
Baroque born out of a catastrophe: after the devastating earthquake of 1693, the nobility funded new towns with churches, palazzi and villas. Noto is one of the most splendid examples of this.
The Ionian Sea and the summit of Mount Etna form the backdrop for the ruins of the ancient Teatro Greco in Taormina – a breathtaking sight in Sicily’s most fashionable seaside resort.
One of the world’s finest archaeological museums, a magnificent cathedral, early Christian catacombs and a mysterious cavern all make Syracuse a top destination on any trip to Sicily.
7. VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE
Every floor surface in this sumptuous late-Roman villa in Piazza Armerina is magnificently decorated with mosaics, including those showing the famous Bikini Girls.
8. SELINUNTE & MARINELLA
An unusual combination: a short distance away from the magnificent temples of Selinunte is the fishing village Marinella, one of the most charming resorts on the south coast.
9. LA CATTEDRALE
The kings of Sicily, including the powerful Frederick II – “the marvel of the world” – rest here in colossal sarcophagi made of porphyry.
The towers of the cathedral are set against a backdrop of the rugged mass of La Rocca, high above the picturesque seaside resort.
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