Archive for Sicily

RNO Zingaro – Natural reserve

RNO Zingaro – Natural reserve

The Zingaro has not got a coastal path, even if it was expected and eventually started in 1979. To gain the suspension of the labours and the countermand of finance, from 1974 to 1981 many naturalistic associations protested all together, helped by a massive campaign of the media to awaken the public opinion, and the 18th of May 1989 together with almost...

Villa Romana Del Casale – Piazza Armerina

Villa Romana Del Casale – Piazza Armerina

The Villa Romana del Casale (Sicilian: Villa Rumana dû Casali) is a large and elaborate Roman villa or palace located about 3 km from the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily. Excavations have revealed one of the richest, largest and varied collections of Roman mosaics in the world,for which the site has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2] The villa and artwork contained within date to the early 4th century AD. The...

Monreale’s Dome

Monreale’s Dome

The cathedral of Monreale is one of the greatest extant examples of Norman architecture anywhere. It was begun in 1174 by William II. In 1182 the church, dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, was, by a bull of Pope Lucius III, elevated to the rank of a metropolitan cathedral. The church is a national monument of Italy and one of the most important attractions of Sicily....

Palermo’s cathedral

Palermo’s cathedral

The church was erected in 1185 by Walter Ophamil (or Walter of the Mill), the Anglo-Norman archbishop of Palermo and King William II’s minister, on the area of an earlier Byzantine basilica. By all accounts this earlier church was founded by Pope Gregory I and was later turned into a mosque by the Saracens after their conquest of the city in the 9th century. Ophamil is buried...

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