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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Things to Do in Sicily: Three Places You Must Visit

Virgin of the Annunciation, Palazzo Abatellis,...Image via WikipediaThings to Do in Sicily: Three Places You Must Visit
By Marcello Arrambide

People from all over the world are dreaming of going to the Italian island of Sicily. And when they finally do get there they remain clueless about what to do. There are an infinite amount of possibilities on the island that has been conquered by so many cultures. Whether you interested in history, culture, food, or even the arts Sicily has something for you. Here are three places that art fanatics have to see:

1. Galleria Regionale della Sicilia or the Regional Gallery Of Art:

The Regional Gallery of Art is located at Palazzo Abatellis or Palazzo Patella, a palace located in the district of Palermo in Sicily. The palace dates back to the 15th century which explains why it has Gothic-Catalan architecture. At the regional gallery, you will find various fine works that go as far as 1866 - a time in which religious orders where suppressed in Italy. These works include wooden creations from the 12th century, works of Antonello Gagini from the 14th and 15th century, and other more works between 14th and 17th century.
2.Marionette Museum:

Locally known as Museo Internazionale delle Marionette, the Marionette Museum is a cultural treasure for Sicilians and Italians in general. That's because the museum is dedicated solely to the art of puppetry - a traditional form of entertainment in Sicily. During summer, free puppet shows are held at the museum for everyone to enjoy. But even without these puppet shows, visitors already enjoy looking at the puppet display.
3. Palazzo Mirto:

Palazzo Mirto is a great example of Baroque architecture. The palace used to be the home of noble families from the 19th century and is now one of the very few aristocratic homes found in Palermo. The Lanza Filangeri family was the last heir to this estate. The last generation of the family left the palace to the Ministry of Cultural Assets in 1982 and most of the items in palace to this date belong to the family.
Marcello Arrambide has been travelling all his life and runs a travel website about saving money while travelling and living overseas. You can find out more about things to do in Sicily and great travel tips for your travels at his website. Don't forget to stay save on all your travels!

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