Visiting Italy without going to Sicily leaves no image in the spirit. Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
Sicily has suffered 13 foreign dominations from which she has taken both the best and the worst. The sequence of different culture has made Sicily a fascinating place, quite unlike any other.
Palermo traveller’s mecca for all season and all demand
UNESCO Palermo: a city of Outstanding Universal values
The Arab Norman Palermo and the Cathedral churches of Cefalù and Monreale illustrates important aspect of the multicultural western- Islamic Byzantin syncretism that characterized the Norman Kingdom of Sicily during the 12 century. The Arab Norman Palermo bears witness to a particular political and cultural condition characterize by the fruitful coexistence of people of different origin ( Muslim, Byzantine, Latin, Jewish, Lombard and French). These monuments are an outstanding example of a stylistic synthesis. All these elements express in religious, civic, engineering works, represent integral and authentic Universal Values.
TRAPANI AND WESTER SICILY
Beside the capital Trapani other places includes Segesta, Erice, Alcamo, Selinunte, Marsala, Island of Mozia, naturalistic spots particularly the Golf of Castellamare, the ancient salt pans between Trapani and Marsala are among the most interesting sites. The Province of Trapani between the Tyrrhenian sea and Canal of Sicily is an enchanting land composed of marvelous coasts that alternated with steep cliff and endless beaches. The archeological remains and the small villages where the most authentic traditions are still part of daily life make this province a very attractive touristic destination. The importance of the wine sector excels not only for the quantity but also for the quality. The wine production represent a major economic activity and the number of its plants is almost half of the whole Sicily. In Trapani we recommend as well the traditional cuisine, the result of Arab influences still alive in this province.