Visit Sicily: tourism and highlights

Here you can find many of our favourite places throughout Sicily with full reviews on Italy This Way...

Aci Trezza

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Aci Trezza is a small seaside resort whose port looks onto interesting rock formations in the sea. [...]

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Acireale

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Acireale has several interesting churches in the historic centre. [...]

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Adrano

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Adrano is an interesting city with a medieval centre and a Norman castle amongst its highlights. [...]

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Aeolian Islands

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Hugely popular not only for their great beaches and water sports but also the possibility of visiting active volcanoes. [...]

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Agrigento

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Agrigento in Sicily has several impressive Greek temples [...]

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Aidone

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Visitors will want to admire the Baroque architecture of Aidone. [...]

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Akrai

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The archaeological ruins at Akrai include a Greek Theatre and the Temple of Aphrodite. [...]

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Alcamo

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Alcamo Marina is a popular seaside resort and the old town has a castle and plenty to enjoy. [...]

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Ancient Theater in Catania

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The archaeological site of Catania has an impressive ancient theatre, an odeon and a small museum [...]

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Bagheria

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Bagheria has some marvellous villas to explore and many other monuments including a look out tower which is open to visitors. [...]

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Buscemi

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Following an earthquake in the 17th century much of the town and churches were rebuilt in Baroque style. [...]

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Butera

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A castle and an excavated Necropolis are some of the draws to the increasingly popular town of Butera. [...]

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Caltabellotta

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Situated on Mount Kratas and surrounded by mountain peaks the fortified town of Caltabellotta offers great scenery and historic monuments. [...]

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Caltavuturo

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Caltavuturo cathedral holds some important artistic works. [...]

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Campofelice di Roccella

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With a castle overlooking the long sandy beach Campofelice di Roccella is a popular summer destination. [...]

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Capo d'Orlando

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Capo d'Orlando is a small beach resort in north-east Sicily [...]

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Carini

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A castle, a beach and some great shops count amongst the attractions of the town of Carini. [...]

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Caronia

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Visit the Norman castle and medieval old town of Caronia. [...]

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Cassibile

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Cassibile is not only a popular seaside town and resort, but is also home to the most important prehistoric settlement in Sicily. [...]

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Castellammare del Golfo

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The Gulf of Castellammare has beaches, cliffs and interesting monuments and is a lovely part of Sicily. [...]

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Castelmola

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Castelmola is a beautiful hilltop village above Taormina [...]

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Castroreale

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With great views and some important art treasures Castroreale is worth a visit. [...]

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Catania

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The second largest city in Sicily, Catania has some fine buildings and interesting Roman remains. [...]

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Cefala Diana

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An attractive tourist destination, Cefala Diana has an Arab baths and a castle to visit. [...]

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Cefalu

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Cefalu is one of the main tourist destinations of Sicily. The pretty seaside town is an important artistic and historic centre. [...]

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Cefalu Cathedral (Cefalu Province)

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Cefalu cathedral is a beautiful building with a fortress-like style. [...]

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Centuripe

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Centuripe is an ancient town with an interesting archaeological museum. [...]

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Chiaramonte Gulfi

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Explore the pleasant medieval centre of Chiaramonte Gulfi [...]

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Church of San Nicolo Inferiore

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The Church of San Nicolo Inferiore is an unusual 12th century cave church with ancient frescoes in the heart of Modica old town [...]

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Cinisi

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Cinisi is a pretty coastal town not far from Palermo and its airport. [...]

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Comiso

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Visit the lovely baroque architecture of Comisco. [...]

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Corleone

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Corleone is famous both for its 100 churches and for its Mafia connection. [...]

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Duomo Saint George

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The duomo in Ragusa is an imposing church, built in the baroque style in the heart of Ragusa Ibla (old town) [...]

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Eloro

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As well as beaches and a modern town Eloro has a fascinating archaeological site. [...]

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Enna

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Enna is a historic hilltop town with a medieval castle and fabulous views. [...]

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Erice

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Visit the splendid hilltop town of Erice with its ancient walls, castle and churches. [...]

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Favignana

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Favignana is the largest of the 'Isole Egadi' islands and is a popular day trip from Trapani. [...]

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Filicudi

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Filicudi is one of the Aeolian islands and is particularly great for scuba diving. [...]

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Gardens of the Kolymbethra

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The Gardens of the Kolymbethra are historic gardens within the valley of the temples at Agrigento [...]

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Gela

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Gela is an industrial town but if you are nearby it has some interesting monuments in the old centre. [...]

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Geraci-Siculo

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Geraci Siculo is a hill town in the lovely Natural Park of Madonie [...]

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Giardini Naxos

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Giardini Naxos is a beach resort a few kilometres south of Taormina [...]

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Greek Theatre of Taormina

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The Ancient theatre of Taormina is in a stunning location overlooking the sea and the town as well as Mount Etna [...]

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Isola Bella and Mazzaro

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Close to Taormina, Isola Bella is a pretty island nature reserve and Mazzaro is a beach destination [...]

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Ispica

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Ispica is home to an extensive prehistoric cave system. [...]

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Kamarina (Ragusa Province)

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Most people visit Kamarina for the nearby beaches but it also has the remains of a settlement dating from late antiquity. [...]

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Lampedusa

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Lampedusa is one of the Pelagian islands and is almost African in character. [...]

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Lampione

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Lampione is an uninhabited island closer to Africa than Sicily. It is popular with scuba divers. [...]

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Levanzo

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Explore the lovely white-washed houses around the harbour of Levanzo. [...]

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Licata

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Explore the coastal town of Licata with a wealth of historic and artistic treasures. [...]

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Linosa

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Linosa is a tiny island closer to Africa than Sicily. It is popular with scuba divers. [...]

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Lipari

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Lipari is the liveliest of the Aeolian islands and has an attractive harbour and town and great beaches. [...]

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Lipari Aeolian Museum

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Lipari Archaeological Museum of the Aeolian islands contains a wide ranging selection of items from the islands , dating from several thousand years ago to the present time [...]

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Lipari cathedral

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Lipari cathedral and 11th century cloister is one of the most important historic monuments on Lipari [...]

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Marsala

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Marsala is of course famous for its wine but also has an interesting historic centre. [...]

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Mascali

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Destroyed on several occasions by eruptions from Mount Etna, Mascali has largely been rebuilt after 1926. [...]

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Mazara-del-Vallo

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With pretty streets and harbour Mazara del Vallo has plenty to explore. [...]

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Menfi

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Menfi has some good beaches and a pleasant town centre. [...]

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Messina

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Damage from world wars and earthquakes has been extensively repaired according to the original plans. [...]

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Messina cathedral

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Messina cathedral and clocktower are a highlight of your visit to this historic town in Sicily [...]

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Milazzo

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Milazzo has a Spanish quarter and an enormous castle among the places of interest [...]

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Milazzo cape

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The Cape of Milazzo is a beautiful area of coast in Sicily, including the Pool of Venus [...]

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Milazzo castle

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The enormous castle of Milazzo is a 16th century fortified castle in an enviable position overlooking the coast of north Sicily [...]

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Mineo

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The ancient streets of Mineo contain a number of churches and monuments. [...]

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Modica

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Modica is an impressive town built up the sides of a gorge. [...]

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Monastery of San Nicolo l'Arena

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The benedictine Monastery of San Nicolo l'Arena in Catania inorporates two cloisters and a very large church, among other sites of interest [...]

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Monreale

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Best known for its remarkable cathedral and mosaics, Monreale also has a small historic centre to explore [...]

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Monreale Cathedral

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The cathedral in Monreale is well known for its impressive byzantine mosaics [...]

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Montalbano Elicona

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The hilltop village of Montalbano Elicona is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. [...]

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Morgantina

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The Greek city of Morgantina is one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Sicily. [...]

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Motta Sant'Anastasia

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A maze of narrow streets and a castle make Motta-Sant'Anastasia interesting to visit. [...]

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Mount Etna

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Mount Etna is an active volcano on the island of Sicily. Most of the time it can be visited. [...]

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Naso

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Naso was a popular summer residence for city dwellers of Palermo until a landslide [...]

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Noto

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The stunning city of Noto has UNESCO World Heritage status for its beautiful baroque architecture. [...]

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Oliveri

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A sandy bay and a castle on a rocky outcrop are the attractions of this quiet hamlet. [...]

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Paceco

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Visit the Salt Works Natural Reserve of Paceco which with its windmills and canals looks like a little bit of Holland! [...]

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Palatine Chapel

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The Palatine Chapel in Palermo is a very beautiful church in the Byzantine style [...]

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Palazzolo Acreide

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Admire the Baroque architecture of the old town of Palazzolo Acreide. [...]

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Palermo

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Palermo is a splendid city with a wealth of Arab-Norman architecture listed with UNESCO. [...]

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Palermo cathedral

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Palermo cathedral is an impressive cathedral with Arab-Norman origins [...]

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Palermo church of la Martorana

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The church of la Martorana in Palermo has an exceptional interior of 12th century byzantine mosaics [...]

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Palermo church of Saint-Cataldo

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The Church of San Cataldo is a beautifully restored 12th century church in the heart of Palermo [...]

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Palermo church of Saint-Catherine

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The Church of Saint-Catherine is a magnificnt baroque and rococo church in the historic centre of Palermo [...]

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Palermo Royal Palace

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The Palermo Palace of the Normans is the oldest Royal Palace in Europe, and holds the Palatine Chapel and a museum as well as Sicilian government offices [...]

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Panarea

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Popular for its beaches and scenery Panarea is the second smallest Aeolian island. [...]

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Partinico

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The religious and civil buildings of Partinico are of interest. [...]

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Paterno

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Paterno has a Norman castle built in the 11th century. [...]

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Patti

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Visit the medieval centre of Patti as well as its castle and cathedral. [...]

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Pelagian Islands

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The Pelagian islands are closer to Africa than Sicily and this remoteness reduces tourist numbers. Their scenery and clear waters though still attract plenty of visitors. [...]

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Petralia

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Cobbled streets, villas, palaces and mansions await visitors to the lovely Petralia. [...]

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Piazza Armerina

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Medieval and Baroque architecture and some fabulous Roman mosaics attract lots of visitors to Piazza Armerina. [...]

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Polizzi

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Admire the views from the small town of Polizzi. [...]

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Ragusa

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A magnificent town, Ragusa is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its Baroque architecture. [...]

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Randazzo

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Randazzo is the closest town to Mount Etna and attracts visitors wishing to climb the mountain. [...]

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Realmonte

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Realmonte is a pleasant resort on the prettiest stretch of coast in Sicily. [...]

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Roccamena

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From Roccamena you can visit the Calatrasi castle and the Mont Maranfusan archaeological site. [...]

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San Cataldo

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Many of the buildings in San Cataldo date from the 17th century and include some fine religious buildings. [...]

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San Giuseppe Jato

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Most visitors to San Giuseppe Jato come for the nearby archaeological park. [...]

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San Vito lo Capo

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San Vito lo Capo is a small town with some of Sicily's best beaches nearby. [...]

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Savoca

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Savoca is a beautiful hill town made famous as the location for some scenes of 'The Godfather'. [...]

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Scala dei Turchi

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Scala dei Turchi is an impressive white cliff on the coast of Sicily [...]

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Sciacca

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A lovely coastal town with beaches, Sciacca is also the oldest spa resort on Sicily. [...]

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Scicli

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An impressive castle, UNESCO listed Baroque buildings and beaches all attract visitors to Scicli. [...]

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Scopello

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Scopello is visited for the Tonnara de Scopello, an ancient fishing centre - now a visitor centre and museum - in a very beautiful location [...]

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Segesta

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Segesta is home to various ancient monuments including Segesta Temple. [...]

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Selinunte

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Visit the majestic ruins of Selinunte, an ancient settlement. [...]

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Sperlinga

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A castle and troglodyte caves are amongst the attractions of Sperlinga. [...]

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Stromboli

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Stromboli is one of the Aeolian Islands and is home to an active volcano. [...]

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Syracuse

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Syracuse has UNESCO World Heritage status because of the importance of its historical centre. [...]

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Taormina

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The beautiful setting, the ancient theatre and attractive town of Taormina makes this one of the most popular destinations in Sicily. [...]

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Termini Imerese

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Termini is an important historical town with ancient ruins and buildings from the Middle Ages and beyond. [...]

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Terrasini

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With lovely beaches, caves and creeks, Terrasini is popular with holiday makers. [...]

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Tindari

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Tindari is home to the beautiful Tindari Sanctuary but also has many other interesting sites to visit. [...]

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Tindari ancient city

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The ancient city of Tindaris was founded 2500 years ago, and the theatre, basilica and parts of the town can still be visited [...]

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Tindari sanctuary

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The sanctuary of Tindari is an important pilgrimage destination because of the statue of the black Madonna it contains [...]

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Trabia

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Trabia is a working town with a fortress and several churches to visit. [...]

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Trapani

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Trapani has an interesting old town with historic buildings dating from the 14th to the 20th century. [...]

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Tusa

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A popular seaside resort, Tusa has an interesting medieval centre. [...]

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Ustica

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Ustica is an island off the coast of Sicily and is very popular with scuba divers. [...]

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Villa Romana del Casale

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Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily has an extraordinary range of well preserved Roman mosaics to see [...]

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Vizzini

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Vizzini has a rich architectural heritage with churches, a Town Hall and tanneries. [...]

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Vulcano

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Vulcano is the island of a dormant volcano and you can trek to its craters and see the sulphur-emitting fumaroles. [...]

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Zingaro Natural Reserve

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The natural reserve of Zingaro is along the coast of north-west Sicily and includes trails through beautiful countryside with sea views [...]

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