Popular Day Trips from Palermo Sicily

San Vito Lo Capo in Sicily

Looking for day trips from Palermo, Sicily?

by Larry  Aiello

Palermo, Sicily

One of the great destinations in Italy that many tourists do not even contemplate visiting is Sicily. It is an overlooked jewel as a travel destination because it is full of so much diverse history and culture from the various groups that have ruled the island. Sicily has been ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Pheonicians, Saracens, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards, French, etc. Each of these groups have left their own unique mark on the island, and it is apparent when you visit. In fact, some of the best Greek ruins in the world are located in Sicily.

A great way to see Sicily is to start with Palermo as a hub-city, and then from there, you can easily do some day trips including:

Monreale – about a half-hour from central Palermo lies the sleepy little Sicilian town of Monreale, home to an amazingly beautiful 12th century medieval cathedral of Byzantine character, Norman characteristics and Arab symmetry. Many buses leave daily from Palermo to Monreale.

Monreale, Sicily

Cefalú – a picturesque fishing village that is now turning into a hot-spot for tourists that is filled with great clubs, restaurants, and of course a world-renown beach. This makes an easy 1-hour drive or train ride from Palermo.

Cefalú, Sicily

Segesta – excellent Greek archaeological ruins, and temples, one of the best sites in the Mediterranean. Located about an hour and a half west of Palermo. It is best to drive or to take a bus.

Segesta, Sicily

Erice – a Medieval mountaintop town complete with a fortress and castles overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This is about a 2-hour ride from Palermo, best by car or bus.

Erice, Sicily

San Vito Lo Capo – a delightful coastal town, about 2 hours west of Palermo, that has a great sandy beach.

San Vito lo Capo, Sicily

Agrigento – a must see for archaeological buffs is the Valley of the Temples. A collection of Doric temples dating back 2,000 years form a beautiful valley right near the sea. This is about a 90-minute drive from Palermo which takes you through some beautiful Sicilian countryside, including the small town of Corleone.

Greek Italy

Mount Etna – This is about a 3-hour drive from Palermo, a little bit much for a day-trip, but still can be accomplished if you leave early. The largest active volcano in Europe is a beautiful sight that rises almost 10,000 feet above sea-level. It is best to drive from Palermo, or take a train to Catania and spend the night. And then from Catania you can drive or take a tour bus.

Mount Etna in Eruption

There you have it, some great day trips from Palermo where you can use the capital city as a hub and explore the great culture and beauty of Sicily.

Larry Aiello is an Italian-American that loves to share his passion and love for Italian culture. He has a blog about Italian travel that provides tourists with all types of useful tips and experiences such as what to expect on the train from Rome to Venice. He also loves to teach people Italian. You can find out more by visiting his site at http://www.Addicted2Italy.com.

Sacred music week

Exhibition of sacred, liturgical and spiritual music from 24th of november to the 4th of December

Exhibition of sacred, liturgical and spiritual music
24th of Nov. to the 4th of Dec.

In its 54th edition, the Sacred Music Week in Monreale is not only the oldest but also one of the most important and qualified European musical festivals of this kind, both for its programme and its artists.

The Festival has been organised by the Sicilian Regional Department of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment and committed to the artistic conduction of Master Giuseppe Cataldo. It will take place from the 24th of november to the 4th of december in Monreale, the lovely small Arabic-Norman town overlooking Palermo. Thanks to the usual and traditional co-operation of Monreale Archdiocesis and its Archbishop, Monsignor Salvatore Di Cristina, the concerts will be held in the enchanting atmosphere of Monreale Cathedral, which is also famous all over the world for its perfect acoustics, and in other four beautiful churches of the XVIIth century: the Church of the Collegiata, the Church of the S.S. Trinità, the Church Maria S.S. degli Agonizzanti and the Church of San Castrense.

The Festival will host a variety of acclaimed composers and performers, offering a wide selection of pieces, ranging from the Baroque, through the Classical and Romantic periods, up to the contemporary style. The inaugurating concert of the 24th of November, for example, will associate a work of such an utmost importance as Haydn’s wonderful Oratorio La Creazione with excellent contemporary performers, such as The Leipziger Symphonieorchester, the Philarmonic Chor Wien, and an excellent Native Vocal Cast, conducted by Reinhard Seehafer.

The artists’ selection wants to establish an ideal connection with the original lively spirit characterizing the last 70 years of sacred music history, since the first F.E. Raccuglia’s ‘39 edition, that is: the concept of sacred music in its widest sense.

The programme of the festival includes orchestra and choir concerts, organ recitals as well as solo exhibitions by the most appreciated specialists of the sacred music repertoire. A really evocative blend of traditional and contemporary sacred music will be performed by world-renowned orchestras, such as the Berliner Symphoniker, the Russian Male Voices Choir “The Orthodox Singers” and Cheryl Porter & Halleluiah Gospel Singers.

Announcement and promotion of the event will be given a great importance thanks to the website as well as Facebook and Twitter, constantly updating the appointments.

Admission to the concerts will generally be free but subject to availability; whereas for the nightly concerts, tickets with numbered seats must be collected at the box office, opened every day from 18:30.

To promote cultural tourism, an agreement with Federalberghi and Palermhotels has been settled to offer people special fares, simply typing a digital code, provided by the website, at the moment of booking. Finally, a special shuttle bus service will drive people from their hotels directly to the concerts and then back to their hotels.