Piana degli Albanesi: La masseria, easily accessible, is located 28 km from Palermo and at 9 km from Piana degli Albanesi with its unique historical and cultural traditions. Originally Piana degli Albanesi was called Hora which means the city. It was founded in 1488 by Albanian refugees escaped to the Turkish army. At Piana degli Albanesi singular and beautiful is the feast of Easter which takes place according to a typical itinerary: at the entrance of the village two pianesi, in typical costume, welcome visitors with their colored eggs. Then the Holy Mass is celebrated in which the Gospel is read in seven languages, including Arabic. Finally on the streets of the town held a long train where the inhabitants wear sumptuous costumes. .
Natural Reserve of Ficuzza Wood: The wood of Ficuzza, former royal hunting reserve, it is the largest forest in western Sicily; home to many species of Oaks. The reserve is home to the 80% of animal species, including birds and wildlife, of the entire region. Among the Raptors deserve a particular mention the Golden Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon, the Egyptian vulture, the black kite and red kite. The Rocca Busambra (1,613 m) is the tallest block of western Sicily. The northern side is characterized by vertical walls, sometimes steep, about 350 meters.
The city of Palermo:(from Greek Pan-Ormos all porto), seat of the Sicilian region, is considered to be the nodal point, economic and cultural, between the Mediterranean Sea and Europe. For this reason, in the past has been a land of conquest of the Sicani, the Cretans of the elimians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Swabians, Angevin, Aragonese, the Spaniards and Austrians. All these people have left monuments and remains extraordinary. The original nucleus of the city was founded between the waterways of the Kemonia and Papireto. In the 9th century a.d. with the Arabs, the city called heaven of Earth, acquired splendour. The Zisa Castle, Maredolce Castle and the Parco della Favorita are testament to this period.
Corleone: has very ancient origins dating back to the first phase of the Neolithic in the sixth Millennium BC. Corleone Animosa Civitas because always in the forefront in all wars fought in Sicily. Located halfway of the old highway Palermo-Agrigento, controlled a main artery and, therefore, of the strategic island. Lies nestled in a Valley, and protected by a Crown of limestone rocks that form a geologic unicum from which are named (calcariniti glauconitiche corleonesi). Picturesque scenery, lighting create curiosity and interest in the twin fortresses, one on the East of the village where is located the Castle Soprano with the remains of the ancient tower aaracena and the other in the Centre of the village in a limestone block geologically from the mountain front collapsed, and on which was built the medieval castle now Franciscan Hermitage. Right at the foot of the Castle you can admire soprano a spectacle of nature, la Cascata delle Due Rocche formed from salto del torrente San Leonardo, left tributary of the river Belice, which creates an evocative natural pond surrounded by the remains of an aqueduct of Arab probably Bill
The importance of Monreale begins to be that with the advent of the Norman dynasty from the 11th century. It was in this place where the Norman kings withdrew to rest from the labors of the war and the Government of Sicily. It was a night of reGuglielmo II 1171 that the good, was the dream apparition of our Lady which reveal the place where he had hidden an immense treasure (spoils of war of his father), with whom William would have to erect a temple dedicated to her. The King started without delay to the construction of the temple, the Archbishop's Palace and the cloister. That hundred monks of Badia di Cava, headed by the Abbot Theobald, moved to Monreale to officiate at the temple. They arrived in Montreal on March 20, 1176 and Abbot Theobald was awarded the title of Lord of the city.
The February 5, 1182, Lucius III, on request of the same William, raised the Church of Monreale in Metropolitan Cathedral. First bishop of the Diocese of Monreale was FRA ' William of the monastery of the Benedictines. At the end of the 17th century Archbishop of Monreale owned 72 manors. From elevation to Metropolitan Cathedral to this day, the seat of Monreale had 54 archbishops and, among them, 14 Cardinals of the Church.
Already before the Cathedral was finished, the world spoke with wonder: Pope Alexander III, in a bubble sent to the King in 1174, expressed his joy for the solemnity of the Memorial..