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Five days is enough to get a “feel” of a city and when I was in Palermo I felt the need to take a short break to see a new town. So I packed a small picnic box of an arancina (fried stuffed rice balls) and fruits and headed to catch a bus.

I decided to visit the small Sicilian town of Monreale. It was an easy bus ride costing EUR 1.5 (valid for 90 minutes) from Piazza Indipendenza. In about 15 minutes I was in the sleepy town of Monreale where it was lunch time and most of the shops were closed.

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Sleepy little Monreale

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Hello there!

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The Entrance of Monreale Cathedral

I took advantage of this time to see the much talked about Duomo di Monreale (Monreale Cathedral) which was built in 1174. Stunning!! Inside the cathedral I saw golden mosaics, tombs and crypts, which makes it one of the greatest living example of Norman architecture and art. A couple from Japan told me the cathedral was one of the most popular places to visit in Sicily, in fact the greatest monuments of Italy. Wow! I had no idea about that.

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Breathtaking!

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Mosaics made of pure gold

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Credits: Wikipedia

The Cathedral was an awe inspiring work of art. You could gaze at those mosaics for ages. Unfortunately I had no guide or reference material with me that time. Nevertheless I enjoyed my visit.

Afterwards, I wandered in the streets to look for a place to eat when I chanced upon a cute Osteria. There was a lovely space to relax and eat outside and it was a perfect spot for a long lazy lunch!

Monreale is such a small town that you could cover it in a few hours. I enjoyed a walk to see views of Palermo from a garden. It was such a good find and definitely worth a day’s trip.

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My lovely lunch spot

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Love the green outgrowth

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Thirsty?

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Park views

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Palermo from Monreale

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Hope you enjoyed this post of the Sicily You Don’t Know Series.

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