We decided to devote the first part of our second day in Monreale to its main attractions: the Cathedral and its Cloister, and the Museo Diocesano. We started with the Cloister, as a separate ticket is required, it was early in the morning, and not many people were there yet.The Cloister is really quite beautiful! It is surrounded by 216 columns, each one different from the rest. The Cloister dates back to the year 1200. Several spaces open off of the Cloister, and these are worth exploring.At one end of the Cloister, in a corner, you will find a beautiful fountain, or the Monk’s Lavatorium. Our next stop was the Cathedral of Monreale. This is one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture in the world! It is stunningly beautiful, and is the reason that Monreale is a popular destination for day trippers from Palermo. The Cathedral was built by William II in 1174. For a more detailed experience, I recommend renting the headphones and listening to the audio guide that is available at the ticket office. Sections of the Cathedral are free of charge to visit, but there are also areas that one cannot see without a ticket, and so just spend the extra money, and see it all — it is amazing!We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try a Cannabis Energy Drink.
Next up: a visit to the famous Mondello beach area!
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