Sicily: Palermo & the Northwest Footprint Focus Guide: Includes Cefalù, Agrigento & Pantelleria

Sicily: Palermo & the Northwest Footprint Focus Guide: Includes Cefalù, Agrigento & Pantelleria

by Mary-Ann Gallagher

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Jam-packed with information on this fascinating destination, Footprintfocus Sicily: Palermo and Northwest will guide you around all the best sights and provide you with up-to-date recommendations on where to eat, sleep and party. The guide features:

• Essentials section with tips on getting there and around

• Up-to-date recommendations of great places to stay and eat

• Highlights map of the region plus detailed street maps where relevant

• Key local words and phrases are included to help you communicate with ease

Loaded with advice and information, this concise Footprintfocus guide will help you get the most out of this popular Italian destination.

The content of the Footprintfocus Sicily: Palermo and Northwest guide has been extracted from Footprint’s Sicily guide, written by Italy specialist, Mary-Ann Gallagher.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908207012
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides Ltd
Publication date: 03/30/2012
Series: Footprint Focus
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 101
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Mary-Ann Gallagher has written extensively for numerous travel publishers, including five guides for Footprint. Mary-Ann has travelled throughout Italy, but Sicily remains her favourite region, first visiting on an ostensibly short writing assignment but loving it so much that she refused to come home for several months. Currently based in Barcelona, Mary-Ann continues to visit Sicily as often as possible.

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Southeast of anarchic Naples and the fecund but fatal volcano

Vesuvius, the Apennine peaks of the Sorrentine Peninsula plunge

into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Around Sorrento, along La Costiera

Amalfitana to Salerno, unfold limestone cliffs harbouring fishing

communities, terraced groves, limpid inlets, castle gardens and

majolica-domed churches. The impossibly scenic SS163 ‘Amalfi

Drive’ connects villages clinging to the rocks, while puffs of

Amalfi’s maritime adventures adorn the Byzantine and Arabic-

Norman architecture.

Ravello’s serene heights inspire composers and artists. On

the crater rim of mainland Europe’s only active volcano and

AD 79 time capsules – Pompeii and Herculaneum – throbs the

aftershocks of nature and history. At Paestum, now home of

mozzarella balls and roaming buffalo, ancient Greeks colonists

built columns that became the climactic vision of Grand Tourists.

Then there are the islands of the Bay of Naples. Capri is all about

drama, escapism and the molto chic; Ischia heals with thermal

springs, tropical gardens and sandy beaches; while Procida has

earthy charm and pastel-painted villages immortalized in the film

Il Postino. And it’s the star of that film, the Neapolitan Massimo

Troisi who encapsulates the best of the region’s people – the

warmth, humour and passion for simple pleasures. Rejoicing in

Campania’s natural bounty, Epicureanism flourished in its purest

philosophical sense in these bays. It survives in Herculaneum’s

papyrus scrolls and the traditions of the coast’s resourceful artisan

producers and cooks.

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