Along a sandy stretch that dominates the northern coast of Sicily, sits the beautiful city of Campofelice Di Roccella. Founded in 1699, a Palermo prince claimed it as his estate and proceeded to build houses, shops and monuments here. Today, these ancient ruins mingle with its fresh, modern, atmosphere making it a perfect choice for a holiday to Sicily. There are lots of exciting things to do in Campofelice Di Roccella, from cultural attractions to buzzing entertainment, and it's well known for its wide variety of delicious local foods. Plus, since it's close to the island's capital, Palermo, and other popular resorts, you have a great base for exploring Sicily.
You'll be easily drawn to the long stretch of beach that extends for 12 kilometres and sits at the foot of the Sicilian Mountains. Everyone will enjoy some swimming, water sports, or simply sunbathing next to show-stopping scenery. While the beach will keep you distracted, don't overlook the inland pleasures on your doorstep. Being so close to the sky scraping Madonie mountain range means there are plenty of hiking trails to explore. Take in the waterfalls, beautiful flora and stunning views overlooking the bay as you go.
Before the Palermo prince created Campofelice Di Roccella, it was a Greek settlement, and you'll find evidence still existing today. Visit the Ruins of Himera, the remains of an ancient Greek city destroyed in 409 BC, just a 10-minute drive along the coast. You'll also discover the massive Victoria Temple with many of the foundations and columns still visible. Combine this with a trip to the fascinating Antiquarium Himera Museum, and browse among the many artefacts collected from its time as a Greek village including mosaics, amphorae, coins and friezes on display. A simple walk along the beach will reveal the ruins of Campofelice di Roccella's long-standing castle and most famous landmark. Standing on a rock overlooking the sea, the original structure dates back to the 14th-century and its 20-metre tower still stands today.
Immerse yourself in the Old Town
Go exploring on your Campofelice Di Roccella holiday and you'll soon discover another world. In the old town centre stand more than a hundred houses and shops built by the Prince, all centering around the octagonal-shaped Piazza Garibaldi with its fountain and an 18th-century Mother Church, the Church of Santa Rosalia. You'll never be without things to do in the centre of this exciting city. The Regional Gallery and Martorana will keep you busy for hours and the Targa Florio Museum and the Kartodromo Lascari are not to be missed. If you have time, check out the Church of San Cataldo, with the Teatro Massimo and Cathedral of Monreale also worth a visit.
Eat and drink with the locals
Campofelice Di Roccella is known for its fertile soil which has led to a rich agricultural heritage. Sample traditional Sicilian food in the many authentic village restaurants dotted around the area where you're guaranteed farm-fresh ingredients. This is celebrated with typical Italian gusto once a year with its Carnevale party in the Piazza Garibaldi. No matter what time of the year you visit, there's always a plethora of exciting festivals and events happening in Sicily all across the island.
The local neighbourhood
With many other places on your doorstep, it's worth checking out some other neighbourhoods in the surrounding region to see more of what Italy has to offer. Palermo, one of Italy's most fascinating cities is an hour away. Highlights include the Catacombe dei Cappuccini, burial catacombs that capture an intriguing historical record, and Cappella Palatina, the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily. For a taste of the high life, take a short cab ride to Cefalù for designer shops and laidback nightspots. The picturesque areas of Buonfornello and Lascari are also nearby.
You'll have no shortage of places to discover in Campofelice Di Roccella, Siciliy. That is, if you can drag yourself away from soaking up the Sicilian sunshine on its glorious long sandy beach.