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PALERMO AGRIGENTO

The City is situated on the margins of the Conca d’Oro, on the Tirreno Sea, in the ample Golf of Palermo. It is dominated by Mount Pellegrino (on which the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia is situated, an annual Meta of a huge, popular pilgrimage on 3-4 September).
Palermo is the native land of poets and authors (Giovanni Meli, Giuseppe Tomasi of Lampedusa), of architects (G. Amato, the Basile’s), sculpturers and plasterers (the Gagini’s, Procopio and G. Serpotta), of musicians (A. Scarlatti, E. Petrella), of patriots, scientists and politicians, as well as philosophers and historians...

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Native land of Empedocle, Filino and of Luigi Pirandello, rising up a short distance from the Mediterranean, on a plain 326m in height, surrounded by two rivers. The main habitation is constructed inside the acropolis of the old city, with the Byzantium style Cathedral, the beautiful Church of Santo Spirito, the rich archaeological museum.
Agrigento’s fascination derives above all from the magnificent ruins of the Doric Temples from the Greek colonies, situated in the celebrated Valley of the Temples, which opens up from the foot of the City, towards the sea. The colossal temple dedicated to Zeus Olimpio...

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CATANIA MESSINA

Catania is City and port of eastern Sicily, facing the Ionian Sea. It’s situated on the Meridianal stratum of Etna, at the mouth of the Catanian plains on the homonymous golf.
Native land of Vincenzo Bellini e Giovanni Verga.
Some architectural remains can still be seen from the scanty ruins of the Greek City already in existence at the end of the 8th century, instead, during the Roman era, there are some notable testimonies which remain, for example the Theatre, rebuilt on the Greek one, possibly dating back to the 5th Century BC; the remains of the Amphitheatre, probably dating back to the 2nd Century AD...

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The City developed around an amphitheatre at the foot of the Monti Peloritani, in the interior and south of a roadstead well protected by an alluvial peninsula (the San Ranieri peninsula).
Regardless of the destruction caused by various earthquakes and the grave damage provocated by the heavy aerial bombardments of 1943, Messina preserves a good part of its monuments, one by one tenaciously rebuilt after these tremendous experiences; like the Norman Cathedral (1160), strengthened by modern bell towers, with astronomical clocks, work of the Strasburg brothers, Ungerer (1933), and the Gothic Church of San Francesco, with apses from the 8th Century...

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