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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...
[PALERMO Guide >>]
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...
[AGRIGENTO Guide >>]
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...
[CATANIA Guide >>]
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
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
[MESSINA Guide >>]
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