Places to see

Just a few minutes drive from Villa Mimosa you will find Selinunte with beautiful beaches, magnificent temples, picturesque harbour and various restaurants. Or the vibrant historic town Castelvetrano, with regular markets and a beautiful piazza to sit in, whilst soaking up the atmosphere.

For other places to visit, scroll down the page or use the links to the right to find out about each attraction.

Friday
Mar022012

Santa Margherita Del Belice

This small town, which, in his novel “The Leopard”, Lampedusa calls Donnafugata, was almost totally destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1968. The palace he had known and loved as a child was badly damaged but has now been restored, although none of the interior decoration survives.

The building houses a small museum of photographs and memorabilia of the author. The Chiesa Madre – only half of it – still stands with its elaborate stuccowork open to the elements. Much of the old town remains in ruins; sad but fascinating to visit.

Santa Margherita Del Belice

Friday
Mar022012

Palermo

This is, as one of our visitors exclaimed, a veritable cornucopia of architecture and art. The town was originally a Phoenician city – some of their defensive walls still stand near the Royal Palace. The Greeks, the Romans (perhaps we should say Byzantines) followed by the Arabs all made their contribution to the city which when the Normans arrived was already the wealthiest and most cultured city in Europe. The churches and the palaces of this period, with their elegant style and rich decorations still impress everyone who comes here. The refined Catalan Gothic style gave way to the Renaissance and then the Spanish Baroque. There is so much to see and enjoy – the parks, the restaurants, the market, the port – and then there is the imposing opera house “Teatro Massimo” where, during the season, some spectacular productions are presented.

Palermo