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Cathedral of Monreale

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Address: Piazza Guglielmo II, 90046 Monreale, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 091 640 4413
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The little hill town of Monreale is only 15km away from Palermo offering a stunning view over a fertile valley as far as the sea. Its main attraction is its 12th c cathedral built... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The little hill town of Monreale is only 15km away from Palermo offering a stunning view over a fertile valley as far as the sea. Its main attraction is its 12th c cathedral built by the Norman kings. Its interior is magnificent. Partly because of its Byzantine paintings and mosaics. It is imposing and has admirable side chapels: notice the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Follow the signs or take the big red bus tours and hop off at Monreale. As you approach the twon on the hill, it looks like everywhere else, until you round the corner into the square the cathedral is in front of you. Remember not just ot go inside to but walk through the arch and round the back to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If Mosaics are your thing, then this is the place for you - these are just fabulous. I was touring with family and friends and we were able to identify the stories from Genesis - creation - Adam and Eve - Noah - and then the Gospel stories - especially the last supper, they were amazed. Getting up there was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did not need to go inside to enjoy the splendour of this attraction. Take a walk around it and you will be rewarded. Furthermore, if you walk up the steep hill by way of many steps you will come to another church overlooking the cathedral which affords great panoramic photos of the area.

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Monreale and its cathedral definitely worth the trip if you are in Palermo. The town is charming and has a beautiful view of the whole bay/valley. Cathedral itself is in amazing shape and a fine testimony to the art of mosaics. We went on a week day during October so the weather was beautiful, but not too crowded.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a few miles outside Palermo commanding a hill top position is Monreale with its beautiful cathedral. Monreale is absolutly charming also A must visit !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you take one of the many open air tourist buses in Palermo, Sicily, take the one that will take you high above the city to nearby Monreale. It cost me 22 Euros but once again you can save your ticket and travel wherever these tourist buses will take you for 24 hours. Monreale is the town to go to... More 

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Province of Palermo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a monument that cannot be missed during a visit of Palermo. The beautiful architectures and the Byzantine mosaics of the cathedral are surrounded by the charming squares and animated streets of the littletown of Monreale. Just minutes away from Palermo. Don'tmiss the local bread and biscuits

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though it is a bit off the centre of the city and you will need either to buy an additional sector on a hop-on-hop-off bus, or a taxi to get there - it is absolutely recommended to do! Located on top of the hill with spectacular views both from a viewing area near by and from the serpentine road on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can read a lot about this cathedral, but nothing compared to a real visit. It is just wonderful, you can not have enough, it is so beautiful!!! A real jewel!

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