Palermo Sicily Norman castlePalermo, the capital of Sicily won the title of Italy’s Cultural capital for 2019

In addition to the famed World Heritage sites of Syracuse, Pantalica Necropolis, Mt Etna, the Baroque town of Noto, the volcanic Aolinean islands and Greek Temples of Agrigento,  in 2015 several of Palermo and around Palermo sites joined the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Plazzo della Zisa and other exclusive Norman buildings have always been the city’s unique architectural treasures and well deserve a prominent record on this prestigious heritage list. The golden Byzantine-style mosaics of the Norman cathedrals of Monreale, Palermo and charming Cefalu can be paralleled to only a few churches in the world.  

As part of the 2018 festivities the famed Teatro Massimo known for its fastidious audience scheduled extra performances for the period with well known large scale operatic performances like Verdi’s Nabucco and Puccini’s Turando among others.

A visit to unique multifaceted Sicily should be on everyone’s bucket list from beach lovers to nature buffs, lovers of antiquities and history and appreciators of culinary adventures.

In addition to being a cultural capital, Palermo will also host Manifesta 12, the European Biennical of Contemporary art drawing extra visitors to this intriguing city. The best time to tour around Sicily is in the winter and spring months to avoid the heat and crowds. We offer several tours in Sicily as well as Sicily-Malta combination tours.

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  1. Oct 6-15 2017 great trip to Italy thanks to Italy Rail Tours. The trains were on time, clean, and served snacks: Rome to Florence, Florence to Venice Grade A. The Walking tours in Rome, Florence, and Venice were excellent very informative, friendly tour guides; took time to answer your questions. Grade A Hotels Rome-Smart: room small carpet dirty, great staff, great breakfasts, Grade B+ room, Staff/breakfast Grade A. Florence-Executive the best of the three hotels excellent Grade A+. Amadeus-Venice the worst of the 3 hotels. Staff not friendly, Room no AC, No hot water last day to shower. Breakfast eggs very watery, other items limited. Grade D!
    Overall I would highly recommend the Italy Rail Tours overall Grade B+. Billy/Becki Viger Dallas, Georgia

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