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.

Entries in walks and picnics (2)

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

Ficuzza

Ficuzza has one of the last remaining patches of virgin forest – Sicily before the Greeks and Romans cleared the land for growing grain, was all like this.

There are picnic areas and beautiful walks to be enjoyed and, set amongst all this, the palatial hunting lodge built for the monstrous Ferdinand IV. Nelson, for reasons best known to himself, liked this king and his Austrian queen; brutally putting down a justifiable rebellion and moving the Royal couple to Sicily and out of the way of Napoleon’s advance.

The lodge is open to the public every day. Next to it, you can visit the Bird Sanctuary, dedicated to treating injured and sick birds and then releasing them back into the wild.

Ficuzza