The Duomo or Cathedral of Monreale is the main attraction of this tiny village that sits on a hill by Palermo, 8 km., which overlooks the city and the coast facing the Tyrrhenian Sea .... it is really one of those monuments that will leave you speechless, as well as the amazing Byzantine mosaics in the inside, you can, climb to its rooftops for the price of 2 € ...You must go to one end of the nave, and inside, you will see a table with a man who will charge you. The climb is initiated by a spiral staircase ... Through a pair of metal walkways and corridors (watch your head if you are tall) is vaulted stone, it covers a good part of this cathedral, from the heights. Walking through those halls I could not help thinking of the monks who once roamed either to ring the bells or who knows,like in the movies ... The views are beautiful, both the cloister just below, and the town of Monreale and Palermo at the bottom ... If no haze, you can see Etna. I found only a couple of people while I was returning, so I was roaming around alone, taking pictures at will and filling the view with this magnificent landscape. Also, I left with the feeling of being about to take flight (watch vertigo, and I have a little), and to see up close the details that often escape us from below: climbing stairs decorating ceramics to turrets, glazed tile roofs and different levels of around ... Again, it's worth taking a moment to get on and enjoy this part of the Duomo of Monreale :)
This is a small village, but it has an extraordinary cultural richness. I remember we went to visit it because one of my aunt's was very fascinated with it. At first I wasn't very interested in going, but once we got there, I learned the charm of Monreale. The views were fantastic from the top of the mountain and, as I said, its monuments, including the famous cathedral, were wonderful. The Cathedral is Byzantine and its beauty is more than obvious. It's full of golden mosaics and tiles that shine with the Sun.