"A great discovery" Top 5 Page for this destination Monreale by toonsarah
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I confess I hadn’t heard of it prior to our visit. Yet it has the most amazing cathedral – when our taxi driver claimed it as the most beautiful in the world he may have had a point! The exterior is imposing, perched on a hillside at the bottom end of the town, but it is the stunning interior that makes this such an unmissable sight. Almost every surface is ornately decorated, in particular with rich blue, gold and other colours of mosaic, depicting the main stories of the Old and New Testaments.
No one of any faith, or of none at all, can fail to be moved by the sight.
In addition to the stunning interior it’s also possible to climb the steps to the cathedral roof, from where you’ll get a fantastic view of the cloisters below and the surrounding area. But don’t try this if you don’t have a good head for heights!
While in Monreale you should also be sure to visit the cloisters, where each pillar is unique, and wander the streets for more wonderful views of Palermo and the bay below. There are also several bars and tavernas, and a few interesting shops. If you’re here in the evening when most of the day-trippers have gone you’ll find it a friendly unpretentious town in which to experience a sense of the real Sicily.
- Pros:The cathedral, and the wonderful views
- Cons:None really, allowing for the limitations of any small town
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