Sicily a new dawn

The Telegraph online Edition Jan 2011

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At the same time the shimmering mosaics of Monreale and Cefalù, the virtually intact Greek temple of Segesta, and Palermo’s spectacular palaces and churches blew us away. Sicily’s historic monuments are still here, thank goodness, some of them looking even better than before: the Roman mosaics of Piazza Armerina, for example – famous for their depiction of bikini-clad female gymnasts – should again be visible in all their glory this spring, after a stop-go restoration effort that has dragged on for years.