The Tyrrhenian Coast in Sicily

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The first interesting medieval town that can be reached on the shore with direction Messina is Bagheria. The town was raised up amidst expanses of orange and olive trees, where the aristocracy of Palermo had built their sumptuous baroque villas, making it a favourite summer residency. Bagheria has lately become famous thanks to the homonymous film directed by the Sicilian film director Giuseppe Tornatore.

The majority of villas are still private, but some of them can be visited, like Villa Palagonia, which garden is embellished with 64 baroque figures (gnomes, giants, gargoyles…), or Villa Valguarnera, more sober, and Villa Butera, filled with grotesque wax statues.

Villa Cattolica hosts temporary art exhibitions and a modern and contemporary art gallery enriched with a collection of works donated by the son of the illustrious citizen Renato Guttuso, (Museo Guttuso).

Villa Palagonia
  • Piazza Garibaldi, 3
  • Opening times from 1st November to 31st March:
  • Every day: 09:00-13:00; 15:30-17:30
  • Opening times from 1st April to 31st October:
  • Every day: 09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
  • For info:
  • Tel.: 091 93 20 88
  • Fax: 091 92 21 18
  • E-mail: villapalagonia@villapalagonia.it
  • Web: http://www.villapalagonia.it
Villa Cattolica and Museo Guttuso
  • Via Rammacca, 9
  • Winter opening time:
  • from Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00-13.00; 14:30-19:00
  • summer opening time:
  • from Tuesday to Sunday: 09:30-14.00; 15:00-19:30
  • Closed on Mondays, 25th December, 1st January and 15th August.
  • For info:
  • Tel.: 091 94 39 02
  • Fax: 091 93 33 15
  • E-mail: villacattolica@tiscali.it
  • Web: http://www.museoguttuso.it/www/italiano/home.php
The reputation of the small fisherman port of Cefalù is due to the gorgeous cathedral and the beach, one of the finest in Sicily, with the Mediterranean houses overlooking a narrow strip of sand. The Cathedral was ordered by Ruggero II in 1131 as the supposed place of his burial, and was built to dominate the city visually, with the huge twin towers of the façade and the cliff emerging from the background.

Inside, the splendid mosaics stand out from the golden background decorating the presbytery, with the apse, the vault and the close walls. You’ d better visit it in the early morning, as it is always packed with tourists. The rest of the town is very beautiful, and if you come during the low season you might stay a couple of days or more, and visit the Rock, a cliff towering the city, with the Temple of Diana and some medieval ruins on top. The temple is a megalithic building readjusted in the V century b.C. The view is certainly worth the strenuous and steep ascent which leads to the top.

A few kilometres east of Cefalù, on the shoreline leg between Castel di Tusa and Santo Stefano di Camastra toward the inland, lies an archaeological site of unique genre: the sculpture park of Fiumara d’Arte: 8 majestic contemporary art works made by internationally acclaimed artists, and donated to the community in 1986 by the Sicilian founder of the project.

Cathedral
  • Piazza Duomo
  • Summer opening hours:
  • every day: 08:00-12:00; 15:30-20:00
  • Winter opening hours:
  • Every day: 08:00-12:00; 15:30-19:00
Fiumara d’Arte
  • Castel di Tusa, Santo Stefano di Camastra, Valle dei Nebrodi
  • Web: http://www.ateliersulmare.it/applicazione/index_asm.asp?lang=it
The town of Milazzo has been partly spoiled by the industrial installations which invade the nearby coast, but still it is a peculiar town, lying at the beginning of the long peninsula which stretches out from the dry land toward the Eolie Island, culminating with Cape Milazzo. The old citadel is towered by a beautiful Swabian Castle.

Raised on the ruins of the Greek acropolis and on pre existing Arab foundations, the Castle was enlarged by Charles V and restored by the Spanish in the 17th century. Inside there is the Ancient Dome, a central Norman mastio, the ancient room of the Parliament and the ruins of Palazzo Giurati. The New Dome lies in the lower modern city, with some fine renaissance paintings.

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