Romantic Things to Do in Sicily

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  • Helen B
    East Horsley, UK43 contributions
    We were shown around this beautifully restored palazzo by la Contessa Federico herself. She gave a lot of her time and was very open about what it was like to live her life. Fascinating.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Coopper29
    Guildford, UK519 contributions
    Don’t miss Mt Etna, as it is spectacular, no need to go on a 4x4 tour as we went by hire car, the roads are superb far better than the town ones. They are a bit twisty, but that’s half the fun. Even in May it was quite cool at 14c near the top car park. At 2000m. About 6500ft.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • gigaiugi
    Stavanger, Norway370 contributions
    This is really a gem! Take the opportunity to visit this place before the sunset and enjoy the view and its colours. Because the restaurant, it's possible to have lunch or aperitivo sitting in front of it. Absolutely recommended for couples, friends or families. Usually it's really windy, so just be careful in case of small children.
    Written May 18, 2017
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  • Chestertripper
    Chester, UK701 contributions
    We took a guided walk of Ortygia and I am so pleased we did. We had wandered around the town for two days on our own and not really found out much. The guided walk was tremendously interesting and informative. Our guide spoke good English and gave us sufficient information on the town's fascinating history.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Prairiedog55555
    14 contributions
    Well worth seeing. We went this afternoon, and are going for an opera tonight. Long walk but worth it
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy10,941 contributions
    Visitors to the Palace, as it should be, go in raptures in front of the two most illustrious surviving rooms of the Norman era: the Palatine Chapel and the King Ruggero Room (this feeling is also mine, having visited the Palace for the second time after 45 years).
    What escapes most - and which in my opinion is not even adequately remembered in the panels illustrating the Palace halls - is that these two highlights are what survives many destructions and looting in the same or subsequent age than that of the two most illustrious halls (12th century). Among the destructions, the looting in the revolt following the conspiracy by the nobles so-called by Matteo Bonello (1160) stands out in the first place; then the plundering of the palace by Henry VI of Hohenstaufen (holy Roman emperor and father of Frederick II) in 1194; finally, the further destruction caused by the so-called "Vespers" revolt (1282).
    Following these repeated devastations, it's understandable that the Palazzo, an amazing work celebrated by many 12th century witnesses, has fallen into decline and has gradually ceased to be the representative center of royal power. It's revealing, for example, that the Aragon dynasty, ruler of Sicily after 1282, established its residence not here, but in the illustrious, but much less grandiose building called Steri (in today's Piazza Marina).
    The palace returned to being the center of political power in Sicily only since the middle of the sixteenth century, with the Spanish viceroys (but at that time Sicily was far from having the function it had in the twelfth century in Europe and in the Mediterranean). Under the viceroys, therefore, the demolition of the dilapidated parts and the construction of new wings took place (including what is currently the "Hall of Parliament" or "Hall of Hercules").
    This explains why, despite its name (which, moreover, was given to it recently, in the twentieth century), the Palazzo dei Normanni now has a prevailing early modern architectural look, in which the medieval parts appear as residues. Subsequent changes see the insertion of the current courtyards and the monumental staircase, through which visitors pass today.
    We must therefore resort to the imagination to get the sense of halls and furnishings congruent with the two splendid elements that we still admire today. The descriptions of the palace in the twelfth century can help the imagination (for such description a summary is in a paper by the medieval art historian Ruggero Longo [2011] freely available on the web).
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • Joe L
    139 contributions
    This church was spectacular with gold everywhere and beautiful sculptures throughout. This was quite large.
    Written May 6, 2022
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  • larryjman
    Montreal, Canada215 contributions
    I loved this experience. The building is beautiful inside and out. The guide was attentive and knew her stuff. She answered all the extra questions we had.

    Some people mentioned the Opera House seems to be neglected. I kind of disagree. Yes, I noticed watermarks on the ceiling. But I'm also one of those strange hipsters who thinks it adds character to the space and represents a long and rich history. I wouldn't get rid of those watermarks, I'd highlight them.

    I particularly appreciated the Murano glass chandeliers spread out all over. All original from when it opened in the 1890s as well.

    We also were treated to the stage crew setting up for a few minutes, and the orchestra rehearsing. That was a special experience. We even got to sit in the royal suite.

    The tour lasts for approximately 30 minutes. I think ours went a little over to about 35 or 40 minutes. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. A wonderful lesson in Palermo's artistic history.
    Written May 4, 2022
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  • HT1024
    Singapore, Singapore823 contributions
    There may still be some fishing, but it's a popular tourist sight now. Lovely to walk around the small streets, visit some shops, sit out and have a meal/drink. We drive past the overflow car park and straight into the village. There is a small car park that could accommodate about 10 cars.
    Written November 9, 2018
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  • Craig1986
    London, UK94 contributions
    It is a strange and eerie experience, on reflection of the visit you have to always bear in mind the reality of what happened Poggioreale and why it was abandoned, a tragic earthquake which took the lives of hundreds of people only 50 years ago and it is a living memorial to those who passed; this fact should always be front of mind if you visit. Should note that it also isn’t “open” to the public, it is fenced off with locked gates but getting in isn’t difficult and you can get over the wall very easily. We went because I am fascinated by deserted places not because we wanted to see a disaster zone (and make no mistake it is a disaster zone) but it is a time capsule and the fact that it isn’t a “tourist” spot means that you won’t have much, if any, company (we were there by ourselves). A fascinating place to visit of a bygone time, but treat it with the respect that it deserves!
    Written September 22, 2021
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  • GC_TPH
    Dublin, Ireland252 contributions
    The best beach of the island by far, but also the busiest one. By walk it takes about 15 minutes from the street down to go there. It opens at 8.30.
    If it is constantly rated the best beach in 'Europe' it must be a reason!

    The water and colour of the sand are so unique. Speechless.

    Lampedusa has also the advantage of having a convenient airport to travel from Catania or Palermo, and the norther airports on summer time.
    Written October 4, 2020
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  • Stay755019
    1 contribution
    Visited today 8th November. Still some flamingos (six) close enough to view without binoculars. We read the mirror scamming from previous reviews so were prepared when someone pulled out of the car park and stopped before the first bend. As we passed “thud” then followed by gesticulating bearded driver. This scam is certainly continuing and thanks to previous reviewrs for warning us. Otherwise the area seems very safe
    Written November 8, 2021
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  • Elisabeth
    Gateshead, UK155 contributions
    This is a lovely cathedral and if you are interested in history a really great example of the Norman architecture in Sicily. You can climb the tower with a spectacular view. Some of the stones outside have the mason's signs visible so look out for those! And try to find the pillar with Noah!
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • patio53
    Steilacoom,WA282 contributions
    This is a small church that only allows a few people in at a time. It has its charm and is a nice complement to the two other churches in the square.
    Written April 26, 2022
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  • GalwayForever
    Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
    The white salt left at the edge of the water, the pink flamingos in the water while eating the shrimp, among other things, this is why the water of the natural pool is pink. The salty smell all over makes this place a fairytale place. There is often wind, it helps to make the walk more pleasant.
    There is a museum here, also worth seeing. The salt museum with a real windmill. They are all quite good. With a few euros you can jump directly to ancient history, even if not so distant, and to the tradition of what it was like to collect salt by hand. By the way, sometimes they still harvest salt by hand, like the famous and rare fleur de sel, rich in minerals and low in sodium, perfect for health.
    And last but not least, a beautiful family run restaurant overlooking the salt flats. Outstanding!
    Written July 25, 2021
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