Sicily: must-sees

In Palermo, do not miss:

  • From outside the churches in Palermo seem small: step inside and discover that they have a different size
  • The Vucciria: with its colourful stalls and its true people is an authentic slice of Palermo
  • Restaurant "Il maestro del brodo" ( +39 091 329523 - Via Pannieri, 7), recommended appetizers typical in Palermo such as ravili stuffs with grouper and fish rolls
  • Arancini (rice balls) and the "cassata" in Pasticceria Alba ( +39 091 309016 - Piazza Don Bosco, 7)
  • Restaurant Don Ciccio ( +39 091 932442 - Via del Cavaliere, 87 - Bagheria) excellent price/quality ratio
  • A few miles from Palermo, there is Monreale: in the cathedral there are spectacular golden mosaics and a magnificient cloister

In Trapani, do not miss:

  • Going south, passing the airport of Birgi, you will find the Natural Reserve of Isole dello Stagnone
  • A day trip by boat: from Old Contrada Birgi in a few minutes you will arrive at Mozia, a small island full of incredible archaeological remains. With its salt-pans and its windmills, this corner of Sicily can carry you to ancient times
  • In the port of Trapani, go eating to the Restaurant La Cozza Ubriaca (Viale Regina Elena, 52 - ph. +39 09 2323856): kind people and fresh fish
  • Organise your stay in Trapani in September: you will enjoy the Festival of Coscous

In Selinunte (TP), do not miss:

  • Wake up early in the morning and visit the Archaeological Park of Selinunte before the intense heat and the other tourists: it is the largest park in Europe
  • If you can, rent for this visit one of many available electric means: distances are quite great
  • Visit perfectly preserved temples and ruins that look like sleeping giants
  • Ristorante da Vittorio in Porto Palo (Contrada Porto Palo, Menfi - 092 578 381): here, you can taste a baked turbot that deserves to be mentioned
  • Take the ferry towards Mozia, a little delicious island full of incredible archaeological finds

Then, reach towards South Piazza Armerina, a magnificent Norman village: through its small "herringbone" streets you can reach the Church of St. Peter and the Castello Aragonese.


  • Villa Romana del Casale, Unesco World Heritage, has been reopened with its 3500 square meters of multi-coloured mosaic
  • For an excellent dinner with typical Sicilian cuisine at a fair price you can opt for Osteria Al Canale - Via Mazzini,67- Valguarnera Caropepe (Enna) 0935958966

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