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.

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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

Friday
Mar022012

Mazara Del Vallo

This ancient town (the name is Phoenician in origin) is now the largest fishing port on the Mediterranean. It was here that the Arabs first landed in the second decade of the ninth century. The town still retains its Saracen layout and even the name kasbah in the oldest section.

It is worth exploring the narrow streets, occasionally opening into small squares with at least one Baroque church; the busy port alive with the sounds of ship building and repairs, the park that was once a Norman castle and the main square with the beautiful colonnaded seminary on the right, the bishop’s palace on the left and the cathedral behind which is only marred by the unbelievably hideous Town Hall at the opposite end.

Just round the corner the splendid Jesuit seminary (now the Library) faces the newly established Museum of the Satyr. This superb Hellenic bronze was fished out of the sea just a few years ago. Believed to be an original work by Phidias, this life size dancing satyr should not be missed.

Mazara Del Vallo