This macabre attraction is known as the Catacombe dei Cappuccini and was built to house the dead of Sicily's wealthiest families back in 1533. The underground chamber is filled with around 8,000 deceased members of the privileged classes, resplendent in their fancy clothes, hats and finery. Look out for the most famous inhabitant, a two year old girl named Rosalia Lombard, who was laid to rest in 1920. An innovative method of embalming has preserved her so perfectly that, to this day, she still looks as if she is merely sleeping.
Palermo Excursions and Day Trips
Sicily's capital has fantastic transport links which offer opportunities for a variety of excursions. Day trips from Palermo can easily take in many destinations along Sicily's north coast as well as the western regions. Whether it's golden beaches, glittering waters, story-book villages or ancient ruins you seek, basing your Sicilian holiday in or around Palermo provides access to all.
Hop on a bus to the picturesque town of Monreale, perched high on the hill. Enjoy panoramic views and wander the quaint streets, decorated with shutters, balconies and laundry hanging out to dry. Don't forget to visit the town's crowning glory, the incredible Duomo, a cathedral that encapsulates features of Arabic, Norman and Byzantine architecture. The interior is a breath-taking vista of marble flooring, Corinthian columns and glittering mosaics depicting biblical scenes.