Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Galleria degli Uffizi

Home to the world's greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art, Florence's premier gallery occupies the vast U-shaped Palazzo degli Uffizi, built between 1560 and 1580 to house government offices. The collection…
Top Choice Museum in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Palazzo Vecchio

This fortress palace, with its crenellations and 94m-high tower, was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio between 1298 and 1314 for the signoria (city government). It remains the seat of the city's power, home to the mayor…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Agrigento

Valley of the Temples

Sicily's most enthralling archaeological site encompasses the ruined ancient city of Akragas, highlighted by the stunningly well-preserved Tempio della Concordia (Temple of Concordia), one of several ridge-top templ…
Top Choice Landmark in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Cupola del Brunelleschi

A Renaissance masterpiece, the duomo's cupola – 91m high and 45.5m wide – was built between 1420 and 1436. Filippo Brunelleschi, taking inspiration from the Pantheon in Rome, designed a distinctive octagonal form of…
Top Choice Cathedral in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Duomo

Florence's duomo is the city's most iconic landmark. Capped by Filippo Brunelleschi's red-tiled cupola, it's a staggering construction whose breathtaking pink, white and green marble facade and graceful campanile (b…
Top Choice Museum in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Grande Museo del Duomo

This awe-inspiring museum tells the magnificent story of how the duomo and its cupola was built through art and short films. Among its many sacred and liturgical treasures is Ghiberti's original 15th-century masterp…
Top Choice Cathedral in Monreale

Cattedrale di Monreale

Inspired by a vision of the Virgin and determined to outdo his grandfather Roger II, who was responsible for the cathedral in Cefalù and the Cappella Palatina in Palermo, William II set about building the Cattedrale…
Top Choice Chapel in Palermo

Cappella Palatina

Designed by Roger II in 1130, this extraordinary chapel is Palermo's top tourist attraction. Located on the mid-level of Palazzo dei Normanni's three-tiered loggia, its glittering gold mosaics are complimented by in…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Syracuse

Parco Archeologico della Neapolis

For the classicist, Syracuse's real attraction is this archaeological park, home to the pearly white 5th century BC Teatro Greco. Hewn out of the rocky hillside, this 16,000-capacity amphitheatre staged the last tra…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Villa Romana del Casale

Villa Romana del Casale

Villa Romana del Casale is sumptuous, even by decadent Roman standards, and is thought to have been the country retreat of Marcus Aurelius Maximianus, Rome's co-emperor during the reign of Diocletian (AD 286–305). C…