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Palermo tour part 1 – From the ground to roof tops in the Norman steps

The day in Palermo was sun, clouds, rain and colors shifting like the rest of Sicily. Due to own Norman DNA I followed most in the Norman footsteps, but also many other important sites to see. Walking as follows:Politeama, Teatro Massimo, Quattro Canti, Fontana Pretoria and Palermo Cathedral.

Palermo city central is closed to traffic or has very limited traffic, so it has become a delight to just stroll around different sites to see with wine and food paus spots in every corner and street. Part two coming soon!

Caccamo – The famous medieval castle & stunning views

Caccamo is located quite close to Palermo. A small town with a very famous Medieval castle built 12th century and the main attraction. The castle is one of the largest and most well preserved Norman castles in Italy and was bought by the Region of Sicily 1963. By that time it was in ruins and restoration works started 1974. Caccamo offers stunning views and a perfect location to arrive before sunset for a nice dinner.

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Caccamo ligger ganska nära Palermo. En liten stad med ett mycket känt medeltida slott byggt på 1100-talet som är huvudattraktionen. Slottet är ett av de största och mest välbevarade normandiska slotten i Italien och köptes av Sicilianska regionen 1963. Vid den tiden låg det i ruiner och restaureringsarbeten påbörjades 1974. Caccamo erbjuder fantastisk utsikt och ett perfekt läge att anlända före solnedgången för en trevlig middag.

Andromeda – Breathing between earth and sky

A place supposed to visit quickly, but stayed almost three hours. I just could not leave. A place that breathes between the earth and sky. Somehow lucky being completely alone. When I decided to leave people showed up.

The story of founder Lorenzo: My father wanted me to be a shepherd. One night I went out to breathe under the stars. The idea of ​​the theater was conceived by “the Spirit, like the wind, blows where it wishes”. At the end of the nineteenth century it blew here on this hill, where I used to take the sheep at sunset to ruminate in peace. So I decided to build a stone theater here.

Many years later, I learned that the Andromeda Constellation Galaxy M31 will merge with our Galaxy in about four and a half billion years and I began to raise a sacred fence to the 108 visible stars of the Andromeda Constellation.

Now listen to the silence, sit on a star and look to the Earth. This is not a theater … but a spaceship that is traveling slowly towards the Andromeda Galaxy.

Interesting events to attend are summer and winter solstice Not recommended for visitors who can’t stay silent Self-sufficient with own produce, Sangiovese natural wine produce

More information and tickets: www.teatroandromeda.it

Noto – The capital of Sicilian baroque

Visiting Noto which is a main part of the so called Baroque Belt going from Ragusa to Syracuse. Approximately 24000 inhabitants with stunning Sicilian baroque architecture, also called “The Baroque Capital”. A small town in the middle of the agricultural zone famous mostly for its lemons.Every May they arrange “Infiorata”, a flower fest. Video will come hopefully next year.Noto is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list since 2002.

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Besöker Noto som är en huvuddel av det så kallade barockbältet som går från Ragusa till Sirakusa. Cirka 24000 invånare med fantastisk siciliansk barockarkitektur, även kallad “The Baroque Capital”. En liten stad mitt i jordbrukszonen känd mest för sina citroner. Varje Maj arrangerar de “Infiorata”, en blomsterfest. Video kommer förhoppningsvis nästa år. Noto finns med på Unescos världsarvslista sedan 2002.

Taormina – The Ancient Greek Theater

Built by Greeks for musicians and drama performances , then transformed by Romans for games and gladiator performances. A stunning view towards Etna and the first Greek colony in Sicily, Giardini-Naxos. Only original part remained is the scene. It is the second largest theater in Sicily after the one in Syracuse. Still used for operas, ballets, concerts and other events.

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Byggt av Greker för musiker och dramaföreställningar, sedan förvandlat av Romarna för spel och gladiatorföreställningar. En fantastisk utsikt mot Etna och den första grekiska kolonin på Sicilien, Giardini-Naxos. Den enda originaldelen som återstår är scenen. Det är den näst största teatern på Sicilien efter den i Syrakusa. Används fortfarande för operor, baletter, konserter och andra evenemang.

Over the roof tops from Chiesa Badia Sant’Agata

Did you now that only in Catania city there are 23 Unesco sites? Here visiting the Badia Sant’Agata church where you can take the elevator to the roof enjoying a splendid view over the city and magnificent Etna. Not to miss when you are in Catania!

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Visste du nu att bara i Catania stad finns det 23 Unesco platser? H?r bes?ker jag Badia Sant’Agata kyrkan d?r du kan ta hissen till taket och njuta av en fantastisk utsikt ?ver staden och magnifika Etna. Inte att missa n?r du ?r i Catania!

Savoca – the Godfather town

Savoca, one of the villages where Godfather was filmed. A very cosy village just 25 min north of Taormina. Here you find the famous bar, Bar Vitelli. Best time to visit is spring or autumn to avoid tourist crowds.

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Savoca, en av de byarna d?r Gudfadern spelats in. En otroligt mysig by bara 25 min norr om Taormina. H?r hittar du ocks? den k?nda baren, Bar Vitelli. B?st tid att bes?ka ?r v?r eller h?st f?r att undvika turistst?mmarna.
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Pic of The Week: Brucoli

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Pic of The Week: Street view in Catania city center

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View from Mongialino

Sicily has so many breathtaking places that offers amazing views over the island and a clear day you can see as far as the eye reaches. But these places are difficult to find and you need to know where they are to visit them, well hidden places. Here is an amazing view from Mongialino.

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Sicilien har s? m?nga fantastiska platser som erbjuder fantastiska utsikter ?ver ?n och en klar dag kan du se s? l?ngt ?gat n?r. Men dessa platser ?r sv?ra att hitta och du m?ste veta var de ?r f?r att bes?ka dem, v?l g?mda platser. H?r ?r en fantastisk vy fr?n Mongialino.
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