A play of a thousand facets
An MSC Mediterranean Cruise will take you to discover the astonishing city of Palermo. Nestled in the famous Conca d’Oro, Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù together constitute the area of Sicily with the most magnificent historical and cultural importance. For this reason, the UNESCO, recognising its importance, has dubbed it: the "Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale".
Palermo is a splendid city, characterised by centuries of different rules that have left a legacy on its artistic, architectural and, why not, cuisine heritage. Over six-hundred-thousand residents in a land where coexisting cultures and traditions will make you appreciate magnificent palaces, colourful alleys and dynamic markets.
You will be mesmerized in admiration by the destination of one of the MSC Excursions in Palermo: the Norman and Byzantine Palatine Chapel in Arab. A collection of works of art comprising of golden mosaics, the wooden ceiling with refined Arabic honeycomb inlays and the magnificent marble precious stones floor. Constructed in 1132 as a place of worship within the Palazzo dei Normanni complex, it is still nowadays one of the most admired masterpieces in the world.
Moving away from Palermo, another MSC Excursion will take you to Cefalù, a marvelous seaside village immersed in the Madonie Park and prized for its golden beaches, its cathedral and its unique historical centre with a medieval washhouse. For shopping enthusiasts, Cefalù has plenty of local craft shops where you can find the perfect gift for friends and family.
If you want to relax and take in stunning views, the MSC Excursions to Mondello is the perfect choice. This marvelous white-sand-made beach is located 12 km north of Paler-mo. Mondello is the perfect location to spend some time relaxing on the beach, enjoying a sunset, bathing in the crystal clear water or simply strolling around the main square where you can do some shopping or taste fresh seafood dishes in local restaurants.