With its plethora of ancient treasures and natural wonders, Sicily in Italy makes it difficult for just about anyone to make a list of its must-visit places. The island is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a variety of archeological destinations, numerous castles and structures styled in various architectural traditions, and many mouth-watering specialty dishes.
Embark on a cultured tour of the past by heading to the island’s ruins first. Selinunte, an ancient Greek city located in what is now known as Castelvetrano, is the largest and most significant of the island’s old sites. The 40-hectare (98.8 acre) archeological park houses eight temples notable for their age, size, and grandeur. Likewise, Agrigento holds large seven large Doric temples, an Olympian field, tombs, residences, and a stone square. In addition to temples, some spots, such as the archeological park in Neapolis, have remnants of a Greek theater, a Roman amphitheater, altars, quarries, and underground galleries.
Aside from the ruins, the island’s compact structures are also a sight to behold. From the time it was built in the early 1100s, the Cathedral of Monreale has remained one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture. Mosaics cover almost the entire interior surface of the church, while its 228 double columns display uniquely arranged stones and mythical, religious, and nature-oriented motifs. A visual feast also awaits visitors of two Palermo churches, Cappella Palatina and Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio. These popular destinations capture the attention and imagination of visitors with dazzling mosaics designed and crafted in the 12th century.
Sicily’s best known natural attraction is Mount Etna. Rising to 3,000 feet (914 meters), this land formation features volcanic vents, hot springs, and fumaroles. The volcano can be explored on foot, on an all-terrain vehicle, or via cable car.
Treat yourself to a cultural and historical adventure in Sicily, Italy. For a more relaxed luxury vacation experience, book one of Villaway’s deluxe villa rentals on the island.
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