Palermo Cathedral#8 in Best Things To Do in Sicily
Built on the site of a Muslim mosque, this Catholic cathedral was founded by the Archbishop of Palermo in 1184. Additions were made through the centuries, so the magnificent church is now an assemblage of architectural styles, including Norman, Gothic, Neoclassical and Baroque designs. There are even remnants of its Muslim heritage: You'll see a column carved with a verse from the Qur'an at the cathedral's entrance. One TripAdvisor user who calls the Cattedrale di Palermo "wonderful" also recommends, "if you are in a hurry skip the Cathedral Treasury."
Keep in mind that the Palermo Cathedral (or Cattedrale di Palermo) is also known as the Santa Maria Assunta cathedral. You'll find it in the Quattro Canti, or at the center of the city's "Four Corners." Open daily with shortened hours on Sunday, the cathedral charges about €5 EUR (or about $7 USD) for entrance and another small fee for the treasury and crypt.
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#1 Mount Etna
This fuming mountain, located in the Sicilian province of Catania, is Europe's largest active volcano. The easiest way to get to this majestic natural attraction is to rent a car or join a tour group (Sicily Life and Legendary Sicily are popular companies). Once there, you can hike on some of the craters. But to really reach the heights, you'll need to take a cable car (offered by Funivia dell'Etna) from the Rifugio Sapienza building; this will cost you around €23 EUR or about $32.50 USD. Then, from the cable-car's drop-off you can either climb even higher up the mountain to a safe viewing point or hop in one of the tour trucks for an additional fee.
One pleased TripAdvisor user says, "The landscape is like nothing you have ever seen before, just breathtakingly deserted and lunar-like." The same user recommends being prepared for the altitude and temperature change on the volcano by wearing some kind of waterproof clothing, a warm jacket and some hiking boots, or at least footwear that's somewhat sturdy.
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