Sicily - View from the Inside

"A special treat in Palermo is the private visit to one if its oldest buildings, the Palazzo Conte Federico with the unique experience of a personal tour with a member of Count Federico’s family, who have lived in the stunning palace for centuries."

August 2015 • Marissa Mathew, Senior Personal Travel Expert

Sicily - View from the Inside

One of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is situated at the very tip of Italy’s boot. Embracing European and African influence, the island sits like a mesmerising jewel between North Africa and Southern Italy, this alluring location making it the heart of Mediterranean culture.

Within Catania, lies the Piazza del Duomo (Main Square). Hidden behind the square is an active fish market and situated in the middle, the striking dell’Elefante fountain; on the side is the striking facade of the 11th century Baroque cathedral (the Duomo). 

Once the largest city in the ancient world; Syracuse is a doorway into centuries of history. We experienced remarkable Baroque, Greek and Roman structures that rise out of citrus orchards and the old city of Ortigia, filled with vestiges of the city’s founders and Roman invasions and the extraordinary pointy cavern known as the “Ear of Dionysius”.

The short stop in Piazza Armerina allowed us to see the fascinating Villa Roman del Casale dating back to the 4th Century A.D. This imperial villa exhibits numerous beautiful and well preserved mosaics. 

Likewise Agrigento, also one of the largest cities of the ancient world, boasts some of the world’s most astounding Greek ruins within its Valley of the Temples, dedicated to the Greek gods and goddesses. 

Although these cities no longer hold the power they once had, having expanded through the years and adapting to new lifestyles, within their modern facades, you can still find old traditions and charming evening atmospheres.  

Palermo too, has a number of unbelievably stunning palaces, cathedrals and churches, from Norman Palace and the Gothic cathedral located in Monreale to thePalatine Chapel and the church of Mortorana.

A special treat in Palermo is the private visit to one if its oldest buildings, the Palazzo Conte Federico with the unique experience of a personal tour with a member of Count Federico’s family, who have lived in the stunning palace for centuries.

Visiting the beautiful and perfectly located town of Cefalu lets you slowly explore traditional cobbled streets, busy squares, churches and the beautiful sea that surround this medieval town.

You may think you've seen everything that Sicily has offered but a visit to Mount Etna will simply blow your mind. Previous eruptions from this highest and active European volcano have shaped its intense and spectacular landscape. Being on Etna was absolutely breath-taking and words can barely describe the immensity of this stunning natural beauty.

Amongst the many astounding towns in Sicily, you will find Taormina. Its charm, mystery and character are well seen when strolling down the narrow winding streets. Taormina has many attractions such as the ancient Greek theatre, the historic Palazzo Carvaja and the sensational public gardens.

I now know why visitors from all over the world are enchanted by this wonderful island. Sicily offers a timeless history, stunning landscape and exotic local cuisines. Each town and city is distinct, diverse and will guarantee a memorable and unforgettable experience.

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