The most splendid monument of the middle ages stands in the small town of Monreale (which means royal mountain) situated 8 kilometres southwest of Palemo.
This world famous Norman Cathederal, built by William II in 1174 is regarded as one of the finest edifices in Italy. It displays precious bronze doors and houses magnificent 12th Century gold Byzantine mosaics. By climbing the Cathedral's tall tower you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the lush countryside and extensive vineyards of the Conca d'Oro valley.
Another of its treasuures to be savoured is the fine cloister with over 200 columns - all unique in design and many inlaid with glass mosaics - which is all that remains of the Benedictine Abbey.