Himera and surroundings

visit the Monreale cathedral

Monreale

21Mar

At about 55 Km from Terre di Himera. Monreale is especially the Monreale Cathedral, built by William II between 1172 and 1176 and in 2015 declared Unesco World Heritage Site.
One of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world that you have to visit, absolutely!

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palermo

Palermo

21Mar

At about 40 km from Terre di Himera.
What’s the hell? Palermo without its sweet!
So says a character in the film Marianna Ucrìa, based on a famous novel by Dacia Maraini. It’s a city “exaggerated”. But we think it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
To visit it, even a month, may not be enough.
Highly recommended street food ….!

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petralie

Petralie

21Mar

Less than 55 Km from Terre di Himera. In old times it was a single village, called Petra, which was dominated by Arabs and Normans. Only in 1258 appear Petra Inferior (Petralia Sottana) and Petra Superior (Petralia). Two villages, both beautiful. We recommend to attend the old dance called “ballo della cordella” and the Good Friday procession.

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polizzi

Polizzi Generosa

21Mar

You can get there in less than 45 Km. It’s a charming village inside the Madonie Park which has a history connected to that of Himera. Famous throughout Sicily because of sfoglio polizzano, in dialect “sfuagghiu”, which is an old dessert, invented by Benedictine, stuffed with cheese, cinnamon, sugar and chocolate. The village was the birthplace of the stylist Domenico Dolce and the grandparents of American director Martin Scorsese.

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castelbuono

Castelbuono

21Mar

It’s within 45 km from Terre di Himera and it’s a wonderful city in the center of Madonie.
In 2014 it was declared “European City of Sport”.
Enjoy the medieval castle that stands in the main square and has a stunning view. During the Patronal feast of St. Anne, don’t miss the jazz festival and the international jogging tour that takes place since 1912.

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cefalu

Cefalù

21Mar

You will reach it driving less than 20 km from Terre di Himera. It’s a pretty touristic small village on the sea. In 1113 Ruggero II and the Normans built the Cathedral, declared Unesco World Heritage Site in 2005. It is part of the Madonie’s Park. Don’t miss the Museum Mandralisca and the “Ritratto di ignoto marinaio” by Antonello da Messina.

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himera

Himera

21Mar

Founded in 648 B.C. It ‘was an ancient Greek colony where they met and then clashed different cultures and civilizations. Here, starting in 480 B.C., it took place the historic battle between Greeks and Carthaginians that ultimately determined its destruction.
We recommend to visit the Temple of Victory and the Archaeological Museum, rich in relics of the ancient colony and unique in the world as the “Phiale Aurea”.

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