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Monreale: Guided tour of Cathedral, Monastery and Mosaics

1. Monreale: Guided tour of Cathedral, Monastery and Mosaics

You'll take a guided tour of Monreale, which is just 5 kilometers from Palermo, at 310 meters above sea level on the hill of Mount Caputo. The visit will start from the cathedral, the symbol of the town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage monument in 2012. The cathedral is undoubtedly an architectural masterpiece of the 12th-century, in which different styles are linked together: the architecture of northern Europe, Romanesque art and Arabic art. Outside, it is richly decorated by two bronze doors, the first from Bonanno da Pisa and the second by Barisano di Trani, who also sculpted the doors of the cathedrals of Ravello and Trani. The interior is illuminated by magnificent gold mosaics that culminate in the Christ Pantocrator in the apsidal basin as the highest expression of figurative art. Your tour continues with the visit to the ancient Benedictine monastery and cloister, which flank the cathedral, and a look at the beautiful sight overlooking the valley and the golden basin of orange and citrus groves.

From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Day Trip

2. From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Day Trip

In the company of our escort driver, you will leave fromPalermo and yourfirst stop will be the wonderful Cefalù; your escort will make you walk through the streets of the city, until you reach the oldest Norman cathedral dating back to 1131: the Duomo of Cefalù. You will have 2 hours to enjoy, independently, the visit of the cathedral and admire the famous gold mosaic of "Christ Pantocrator" that dominates the presbytery . In addition to historical monuments, in Cefalù you can visit the endless beach on which stands the ancient medieval village, populated since ancient Greece. The next destination that awaits you will be Monreale, a majestic village located on Mount Caputo, overlooking the "Conca d'oro". Here you can visit another majestic cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Monreale, a UNESCO World HeritageSite. It is the Arab-Norman cathedral richest in gold and lapis lazuli in the world.

Palermo and Monreale: Private Trip from Trapani

3. Palermo and Monreale: Private Trip from Trapani

Visit the city of Palermo, the capital and the largest city in Sicily. It is a living testimony to the millennia of successions dominated by external rulers who formed the Sicilian culture. This can be seen from the Phoenician port to the Arab-Norman architecture or the baroque theaters in the Spanish neoclassical style of the nineteenth century. This is a visit rich with stunning views and animated by the cities typical medieval markets. You will also visit the cathedral of Palermo's Monreale district. It is a fantastic and picturesque work of art. This tour includes arrival in Palermo and drop off in the historic center. Visit a typical market for street food and discover Sicily's typical cuisine. Also enjoy free time for lunch. In the afternoon depart for Monreale and visit the most beautiful and most impressive cathedral in the province. At the end of the cathedral visit, there will be some free time to shop for souvenirs. Then you will return to your hotel in Trapani. 

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

4. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

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Maria was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. It was a wonderful experience