Holidays to Sicily

Sicily has a heritage of mixed Greek, Arab, Roman, and even Norman influences, and these have all left their marks on the architecture of the island, a palimpsest of styles, and a truly unique culture that makes holidays to Sicily a truly rewarding experience.

Whether you are interested in ancient history, art, architecture, fine dining or long walks in the countryside, Sicily is the place to head for. It has all of these and more, with an equable climate that never fails to deliver in terms of sunshine, and a friendly and welcoming population.

For enthusiasts of mediaeval art, the Galleria Regionale is the largest museum in Palermo and has a fine collection of mediaeval painting, sculpture and other artwork. The building itself was constructed in 1488, and some of the more famous works contained in it are the Bust of Eleanor of Aragon by Francesco Laurana, and Messina’s great masterpiece Our Lady of the Annunciation.

However, if mediaeval art is of interest there are plenty of other attractions. But Sicily played a crucial role in the Middle Ages and the works in here are so stunning in their sumptuousness and colour and historic importance that you should really spare a couple of hours to visit the gallery on your holidays to Sicily.

The Marionette Museum, also in Palermo, is probably rather more fun and the kids will love it where perhaps the dry old artworks pass over their heads. Puppetry has been an age-old form of entertainment in Sicily, as popular as it has been in Prague and for far longer, and this museum is a tribute to the skilled craftsmen who have produced such stunning work down the centuries. In the summer, there are free puppet shows here, and the collection itself is the greatest in the world, with knights, Normans, Saracens and travelling troubadours evoking the colourful history of this island.

On Sicily holidays, a trip to the catacombs might seem like a real dampener of holiday fun, but they are a popular attraction and deserve a visit. The local Capuchin friars for some reason started mummifying the deceased nobles of Palermo in the mid-16th century and this has built up a grotesque collection of grinning skulls and bodies that look like contorted fossils, staring unseeingly from their niches at fascinated tourists like a slap-in-the-face reminder of mortality

The Palazzo Mirto in Palermo offers a different aesthetic experience to the catacombs, and admittedly a far more cheerful one. This explosion of baroque magnificence was the creation of Palermo’s richest families in the 19th century, and the palace is open to the public. The salons and staterooms are the equal of anything in Venice and make for a pleasant afternoon’s visit.

Holidays to Sicily offer a wealth of interests and activities, providing whatever you are looking for.


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