Sicily offers a unique opportunity for people who wish to experience a complete immersion holiday that includes history , culture, and art . It is unique in the world.
Let’s explore the small and beautiful towns and cities of western Sicily. We will be amazed!
Palermo is the capital of the Island. It embodies all of the cultural, artistic, and historical wealth of the civilizations which have passed it: Roman, Greek, Punic and Roman.
The Cathedral was dedicated to the Virgin. There is evidence of cultural stratification in the Catalan Gothic façade and the apse decorated with Arab Norman ornaments. Inside, there are Roger II and Frederick II royal remains and the relics from Santa Rosalia who is Palermo’s saint protector.
The Cathedral Treasure can be seen in the Sacristy. It includes sacred vestments dating back to the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, monstrances, chalices, and precious gold crowns that were taken from Queen Constance.
You can walk straight along Corso Vittorio Emanuele (the main street in Palermo, which connects the beautiful Porta Nuovaand Porta Felice), to reach the Quattro Canti square, which intersects the main roads.
Near Quattro Caranti is the stunning fountain in Piazza Pretoria. It houses gods, nymphs and monsters as well as allegories.
A mandatory stop in Piazza Bellini is the church Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio called La Martorana. This church is an example in Arab-style with Byzantine frescoes. It is surrounded by the magnificent San Cataldochurch.
Let’s now go to Piazza Indipendenza to admire the Palatine chapel‘s Mosaics. This beauty is what drives us to Palermo. The chapel can be found inside the Palazzo dei Normanni government building. It was once the Sicilian Royal Residence, but it is now a UNESCO heritage site. The Torre Pisana’s oldest part of the building is the Torre Pisana. Here you will find King Roger’s rooms as well as the Astronomical Observatory.
Palermo is known for its street food capital: panelle, croutlets, sfincione and arancini are just some of the many salted “Sicilian pleasures” that Palermo has to offer. You should also try brioche and ice cream, as well as delicious pastries you already know.
We now go to the fishing village of Castellammare del Golfo and Alcamo, a beautiful city full of monuments and art.
Let’s visit Segesta in Trapani’s Province: The magnificent Doric temple as well as the theater that has in the background spectacular views of the hills and the sea, are particularly impressive.
Let’s not forget Trapani and Erice.
Erice is located in the national circuit for the “most beautiful Sicily villages in Italy”. Its symbol is the Castello Fortezza di Venere. Downtown you will find many medieval churches, monasteries, and the stunning Duomo dell’Assunta. We can enjoy almond pastries as well as freshly baked genovesi.
Let’s now take the cable car to Trapani.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele via Torrearsa and Via Garibaldi are the streets that surround the beautiful city center.
It’s a series of historical palaces and great artistic churches that make up the Good Friday procession.
The Santuario dell’Annunziata is located outside the old town. It dates back to the fourteenth century. Also dating back to the same era, is the convento dei Carmelitani. This is where you will find the Regional Museum “A. Pepoli is also located. There are sculptures, jewelry, and Trapani coral work-of-art.
Let’s enjoy the couscous paired with meat, fish, or vegetables. Oder the Trapani busiate.
The parco arco archeologico Di Selinunte is a must-see, that still has a lot of temples.
Its beauty and cultural significance are its greatest assets.
Next stop: Valle dei Templi, Agrigento’s largest archaeological site and UNESCO heritage.
The path is always fascinating: we can visit the temples to Juno, Heracles and Zeus as well as the temples to Concord, Juno and Zeus. We also have the option to continue our tour to the Byzantine Necropolis with the monumental graves of Theron, and the catacombs of Fragapane .
Let’s end the tour with a sweet treat: let’s enjoy the gelato picorino, which is a delicate ice-cream made from ricotta cheese and has a unique flavor.