Free Things To Do in Sicily
- #2View all PhotosfreeSan Vito lo Capo#2 in SicilyBeaches, FreeTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDBeaches, FreeTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDRead More
Many say that San Vito lo Capo (Saint Vitus Cape) is Sicily's most beautiful beach -- and it's not hard to see why. The limestone cliffs of Mount Cofano rise above the warm sands, giving this Sicilian shoreline a breathtaking backdrop. And if you forgot your picnic lunch, never fear: You'll find a number of little eateries waiting just beyond the beach. One of these, Café Europa, is well-known for its excellent Italian sandwiches, especially the panini con panelle, or Sicilian chickpea fritters stuffed into bread. Lastly, the illustrious food festival -- Cous Cous Fest -- is also held here, annually.
- #3View all PhotosfreeMonreale Duomo#3 in SicilyChurches/Religious Sites, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDChurches/Religious Sites, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDRead More
This cathedral, located right outside of Palermo, is clearly a favorite among travelers as well as reviewers. One TripAdvisor user says: "The draw here is the incredible, lavish hand worked mosaics that cover every inch of the ceilings and a good bit of the walls. Entrance into the Cathedral itself is free. What a bargain!" Frommer's says this: "Arabo-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its beauty in this cathedral, launched in 1174 by William II."
Pay particular attention to the bronze doors, which are covered in dozens of biblical scenes. These were designed by none-other-than Bonanno Pisano, who was responsible for the Leaning Tower of Pisa (although this is now being debated). The cathedral's fold interior envelopes you as you step inside. The mosaics are particularly arresting. And though you'll be charged a small fee to ascend the terraces, we highly recommend it; the bird's eye view of first the church and then the surrounding countryside is not to be missed.
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