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The Church of San Cataldo

Music From Italy Three red domes immediately call attention to the tiny church of San Cataldo on Piazza Bellini, near the center of Palermo. A pristine example of Arab-Norman architecture, San Cataldo dates from 1160 and has survived into the present-day in a mostly original state. This church is the perfect sight-seeing activity for stressed […]

A Trip to Syracuse

Syracuse Hotels More from Our Trip to SiracusaTemple of Apollo | Jewish Baths | The Piazza Duomo | The Neapolis | Chiesa della Lácrime | Noto Once upon a time, Syracuse was the most mightiest city-state in the world. Ruled by famous tyrants like Dionysius the Elder, and home to Archimedes, one of history’s greatest […]

The Basilica La Magione

Please Like Us On Facebook More than anything else, Palermo is awash in historic, beautiful churches. At least once a week, Jürgen and I will swear off visits to any further churches. “It’s enough”, we’ll cry! “We’re not even religious!” But then, we’ll read about another one, like the Magione. Founded in 1191. Used for […]

La Zisa – The Norman King’s Summer Retreat

For 91 Days on Google+ La Zisa was built as a summer retreat by Arab architects in the 12th century for the reigning Norman Kings of Sicily. Its name comes from the Arabic al-Azîz, for “glorious” or “noble”. Set in the middle of gardens with the Monte Captuo serving as a backdrop, the Zisa still […]

The Ancient Remains of La Cuba

Our Visit of The Alhambra in Granada Almost exactly a kilometer outside of the town center, on the road to Monreale, we find the remains of the ancient pleasure palace of the Norman Kings called La Cuba. Built in 1180 for William II, La Cuba was originally the focal of a large garden, surrounded by […]

The Chiostro dei Benedettini in Monreale

Other posts from Monreale: Introduction & The Cathedral Entrance to Monreale’s mind-shattering Cathedral was free, so when the ticket lady at the neighboring Benedictine Cloister asked us for €6 apiece, we were expecting to be blown away. Unfortunately, we weren’t. If you have extra time on your hands and have surplus money to throw around, […]

The Cathedral of Monreale

Book your Monreale Hotels Here If you don’t want your jaw to smack painfully against the ground, you’d do well to wear a tight chin strap when visiting the Cathedral of Monreale. During our tour, my mouth was wide open, rivulets of drool escaping my gaping jowl. But I didn’t care, and I doubt anyone […]

Follow Your Nose to Torrefazione Ideal

Grind Your Own Coffee As we were leaving the Santa Caterina on Plaza Bellini, eyes still bruised by the church’s baroque extravagance, another of our senses came under attack. Like Micky Mouse following the scent of cake, we became captive to a strong whiff of coffee. Powerless to resist, we were carried to the doors […]