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Open air market at Castel di Tusa

Castel Di Tusa

One of Sicily's many secrets

Daytrips

Day trips can be made to historical Greco-Roman ruins in Tyndaris, Taormina, Segesta, Selinunte, Piazza Armerina, Syracuse, and Agrigento.

Day trips, from nearby Cefalù and Milazzo, to the nearby volcanic Aeolian Islands permit the discriminating visitor to sample the beauty and spectacle of nature of the ancient mythological homes of the gods Aeolos (Wind), Neptune (Sea) and Vulcan (Fire), as described in Homer’s Odyssey.

For those interested in Arab and Norman architecture, day trips to Cefalù is a must. The towering, incomplete Norman Cathedral, built by King Roger II, in the eleventh century, is a testament to the great power and influence of the Normans. A complete sister-cathedral was also built in Monreale, about 3 miles from Palermo. This cathedral is a showcase of Arab and Byzantine workmanship. Exquisite mosaics and gold (over 800 tons) inlays decorate it. The nearby cloister blends the Arab concept of space with the religious requirements of the time. In Palermo, the Palazzo Normanno, also built by Roger II, is the seat of the modern day Sicilian regional government. Palermo has several churches (some are converted mosques) standing as witnesses to the 300 years of the Arab presence in the island. In them, one can savor the Arab artistry and calligraphy.

More about Castel Di Tusa

Overview | Cuisine | Information | History

Cuisine

The island is blessed with a superb cuisine, the product of centuries of experimentation and external influences. In season, fried peppers, pickled artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, tuna, assorted olives, calamari and octopus salad, zucchini, and eggplant (fried, pickled, stuffed) dominate the antipasto table. Unique to Sicily, are several pasta dishes: pasta with fresh sardines and wild fennel, pasta with cauliflower and pasta with squid ink sauce are a few examples... [more]

sunset in Castel di Tusa

Weather, Getting There, Information

Sicily enjoys the Mediterranean climate, hot and humid during the summer, mild and drier during fall and spring (in the 70-80 range), and on the chilly side during the winter months.

There are daily flights to and from the Italian Peninsula, Germany, and Great Britain to the island’s three main airports. Palermo’s Punta Raisi airport... [more]

rock formation at seashore at Castel di Tusa

A Brief History of Sicily

People have lived on the island as far back as 10,000 years B.C.

The Sicanis, from the Iberian Peninsula, arrived in Sicily about 4,000 B.C., and settled primarily on the central and western parts of the island. The Sikels followed...[more]

 
 

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