Tyrrhenian Coast

Approaching Stromboli

During the warmest season, a lot of beautiful resorts and beaches along the Tyrrhenian coast between Palermo and Milazzo are crowded both by local people and tourists. A well known seaside resort in this area is certainly the small fishing village of Cefalù, representing one of the most important tourist destinations in Sicily today.

Lying within a natural gulf with its massive crag “Rocca” on the background and two high towers from its Norman Cathedral rising from the charming historical centre, Cefalù is a good starting point to visit all the beauties set within the Tyrrhenian Coast. Proceeding East from Cefalù, a lot of other enchanting and less crowded beaches can be easily reached, as well as the renowned colourful ceramics of Santo Stefano di Camastra or the Sanctuary of the black Madonna in Tindari; Going West from Cefalù, the Tyrrhenian Coast hosts also splendid Palermo, Capital of Sicily, a city of art, history and charm.

Leaving the coastline and adventuring towards the Madonie Mountains Nature Park, the landscapes suddenly change: mountain sceneries now predominate and the sea, now too far to swim into, becomes only protagonist of wonderful panoramas. Juxtaposing to the intense living of the crowded coast, this is a perfect place to rediscover genuine flavours, a stunning peaceful nature and ancient traditions which are still alive in many small mountain villages within the park.

Sights at a glance

Palermo

Palermo is renowned for its art, history and culture. Looking the city from the inside, it seems like each monument, church, street and quarter you run into has something to tell about his own history: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Swabian, Angevins, Aragonese, Spanish, the House of Savoy, Austrians and Bourbons, all of them leaved their traces in little city spots, representing today popular tourist sights. Although its richness of art, Palermo is not a simply museum worth to be visited; it is a city to be lived in all its facets to understand its charm fully: lively colours, delicious typical food, warm people and their way of living, all these aspects make this city unique.

We suggest to visit:

Palazzo dei Normanni

Cappella Palatina

The Cathedral

San Domenico Church

Museo Internazionale delle Marionette

Palazzo dele Aquile

La Maggione Church

La Martorana Church

Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Vucciria street market

Ballarò street market

Pretoria Fountain

Quattro Canti

San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Massimo Theatre

Politeama Theatre

Castello della Zisa

Palazzina Cinese

Cripta dei cappuccini

Foro Italico

Orto Botanico

Mondello

Monreale

San Cataldo

Museo Archeologico Regionale

Palazzo Abatellis

San Francesco d’Assisi Church

Cefalù

Cefalù is a small medieval town lying on Sicily Northern coast, about 75 km East to Palermo. Its original Greek name, Kefaloidion, derives from the Greek word Kefa, meaning “headland, cape”. The name is probably referred to the headland “La Rocca”, a characteristic element of the town scenery hosting important ancient ruins: the Temple of Diana, dating back to the IX century BC, the medieval crenellated city walls as well as the ruins of a castle.
Cefalù boasts a charming historical centre with pretty narrow streets, nice shops, bars, restaurants and a lot of churches. Important sights to visit are the splendid Norman Cathedral, the medieval wash house “Lavatoio”, the “Osteria Magna” – King Roger’s residence in Cefalù – and finally the Mandralisca Museum. All these attractions, along with its beautiful sandy beaches, make this place one of the favourite Sicily tourist destinations.

We suggest to visit:

Piazza Duomo

The Norman Cathedral

Museo Mandralisca

La Rocca Promontory

Via Vittorio Emanuele

Chiesa del Purgatorio

Corso Ruggero

Santo Stefano di Camastra

This town facing the Tyrrhenian Sea is one of the leading Sicilian centres for the production of ceramics. All the local craftsmen have their wares on display: vases, jugs, cornices and tiles with period designs such as those used in the Villa Comunale. In the centre of town stands the Chiesa Madre, or San Nicolò, with a Renaissance doorway and late 18th century stucco decoration in the interior.

We suggest to visit:

Villa comunale

Chiesa Madre

The Ceramic shops

Tyndaris

Ancient Tyndaris was one of the last Greek colonies in Sicily, founded by the Syracusans in 396 BC, when the Romans were beginning to expand their territory in the Mediterranean. The town also prospered under Roman rule and became a diocese during the early Christian period, after which time it was destroyed by the Arabs. A visit to the archaeological site is fascinating, partly because of the monuments but also because of the many details, which give you an idea of everyday life in the ancient city.

We suggest to visit:

The Madonna of Tyndaris Sanctuary

Laguna di Oliveti

The Greek Theatre

The Archaeological site

Museo Archeologico

Parco Naturale delle Madonie

Madonie Mountains Nature Park is a Regional Park where extraordinary landscapes leave you breathless: Mt. Etna, Aeolian Islands, and Nebrodi Mountains are all visible from several Park sites. The flora is the protagonist of the park, bearing a botanical paradise with a lot of rare plants and flowers varieties. Nature is not the only attraction within this protected area. The small mountain villages, where strong ancient tradition is still alive, as well as rock hermitages, monasteries and old churches, contribute to create the magic of this area.

We suggest to visit:

Le Petralie

Nebrodi Mountains

The Arabs defined the Nebrodi Mountains “an island within the island”. Indeed they spoke from knowledge of subject!
Nebrodi Mountains wonderful landscapes, unique vegetation, a lot of suggestive lakes and rivers, oak trees woods and green pastures will certainly impress you. It is a perfect destination for those who love excursions and stunning nature landscapes.
The mountain range overlooks to the west the Madonie Mountains, to the east the Peloritani Mountains, to the north the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aeolian Islands, to the south the Volcano Etna. Among these landmarks – visible in the distance from each crag on clear days – there are always new peaks and valleys, clayey-sandy rocks, and the harsh peaks of the Rocche del Crasto, which resemble the Dolomites’ peaks.

Ustica

Ustica is a little volcanic island situated on the Tyrrhenian Coast just opposite Palermo. Its extremely fertile lava terrain is ideal for the cultivation of grapes, wheat and vegetables. The first Marine Reserve in Italy was established on 12th November 1986 to preserve the island’s sea, rich in marine flora and fauna. Ustica coast is rugged and rocky with a lot of caves, inlets, bays and a wonderful seabed, loved and appreciated by scuba divers.

We suggest to visit:

The Grotta Azzurra

Punta Gavazzi

Capo Falconara

Grotta delle Colonne

Grotta Blasi

Grotta dell’Oro

Grotta delle Barche

Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are an archipelago volcanic in origin lying in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Sicily Northern Coast. These islands were colonized from the Greek around 580 B.C. and were named after wind God Aeolus.
These seven Aeolian pearls are wrapped in charming atmospheres and boast an impressive variety of landscapes, rocky coastlines, deep caverns, steep cliffs and different amazing colours.
With beautiful beaches, white pumice stone covering hillsides and rocks rich in black obsidian, Lipari is the most popular tourist destination of all Aeolian Islands, while Panarea – with its amber colours and typical white houses – is the most chic and exclusive. Among all Aeolian Islands, two are still active volcanoes: Vulcano Island – renowned for the healthy bubbling mud baths – and Stromboli – boasting stunning scenery of fiery red lava coming down from its crater.
Two little craters emerging from the sea belong to the archipelago: the inhabited and suggestive Alicudi and Filicudi covered with ferns, heathers and capers and green and fertile Salina Island which is quite and relaxing too.

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  1. The Penguin scrive:

    Cool article. Very interesting. Sicily is really fabulous :-)

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