To see · Monreale and surroundings
Monreale is art, history, cuisine and traditions. The pride of the city is undoubtedly the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova, with its golden mosaics and the Christ Pantocrator that overlooking the central aisle,he latter astonishes visitors from the outside, the apse is in fact considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The Cloister of the Benedictines located in the southern part of the cathedral with its columns adorned with gilded mosaic capitals and the light marble fountain in the shape of a palm tree. Cathedral and cloister since 2015 have been defined and raised to UNESCO heritage together with the Cathedral of Cefalù and other seven monuments of the city of Palermo in what has been called the "Norman Arabic Route".
Famous throughout the world is the patronal feast of the Holy Crucifix, which runs every 3 May in procession through the streets of the town with many faithful who until late at night follow the "Patruzzo Amuruso" with emotion and devotion. The simulacrum can be visited at the Sanctuary of the SS Crocifisso alla Collegiata located in the homonymous district just a few steps from the Cathedral of Monreale.
Territory and surroundings of Monreale
In Monreale there are 39 thousand inhabitants divided between the city center and the extended territory where the five hamlets of Grisì, Villaciambra, Aquino, Pioppo and San Martino delle Scale insist. In San Martino delle Scale it is possible to visit the Benedictine abbey famous for the production of the "Hora Benedicta" dark beer from the secret recipe. If you love nature, you can not miss spending a few hours at the Casaboli wood. You can walk along the paths or follow them on mountain-bikes, enduro bikes or for the more daring ones a ride to the equipped adventure park inside the forest.
Flavors of Monreale
Monreale is famous all over the world for its culinary delicacies, it is the masterpiece of wheat bread still cooked by wood following methods and rituals that have remained unchanged over time. In the numerous bakeries in the country you can also taste the various delicacies that Sicilian cuisine offers: cannoli, cassate, almond bisccotti and the characteristic biscotti of Monreale (in the shape of "S"): famous "street food" as sandwiches with crosses and panelle, pani c'a meusa, sfincione and arancine.
Casa Rossa is just a few minutes walk from the public services stops that connect the city with Palermo, which can be reached quickly even with own means of transport. The Sicilian capital, an open-air museum, has undergone several dominations over the centuries, including Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman ...
Every domination left an indelible mark on the city and its traditions. In particular under the Arab-Norman domination Palermo had the greatest artistic growth. The Palazzo dei Normanni with the Cappella Palatina, the Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Church of the Martorana, the Church of San Cataldo, the Cathedral, the Zisa and the Ponte dell'Ammiraglio are part of the "Arab-Norman Route" named UNESCO in 2015. It is impossible to leave Palermo without visiting the Quattro Canti and the nearby Piazza Pretoria, the majestic Massimo and Politeama theaters, the Chinese Palazzina, the gloomy Catacombs of the Capuchins and the folkloristic markets of Ballarò, Vucciuria and Capo where it is possible live the "real" Palermo. We also recommend a visit to the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, protector of the city, located on top of Monte Pellegrino, where it is also possible to enjoy a suggestive view from the top of Palermo and the wonderful and almost Caribbean beach of Mondello.
From Casa Rossa you can reach many places of interest in western Sicily such as the temple of Segesta, the salt marshes of Trapani and Marsala, Erice in addition to natural wonders such as the Zingaro reserve, the Faraglioni di Scopello or the famous beach of San Vito lo Capo .