SICILY...sensational ‘toe’ of Italy
Sicily will excite your senses. With its wealth of natural wonders, gorgeous beaches and activities on offer, there is plenty to see and do. Sicily’s rich history and strong cultural tradition is revealed in everything from its ancient ruins, Baroque cathedrals, mosaics and castles to its unique cuisine, festivals and performances.
- So much to see & do!
- Incredible cuisine
- Mount Etna
An all year round destination which appeals to all ages, Sicily is in the middle of the Mediterranean and its largest island. This unique, authentic and diverse island is waiting to create life-long memories for you...
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WHY VISIT SICILY?
1. Gorgeous Beaches
There’s more than 280 beaches of all types. Sandy Cefalu is popular with families. Calamosche is unspoilt and great for snorkelling. Catch the cable car to quiet Isola Bella beach.
2. Stunning Scenery
Sicily has a diverse landscape with a dramatic mountain range in the north and Mount Etna’s craters and lava fields. The south is flatter with windmills and salt flats at Saline di Trapani. Coniferous forests, vineyards, olive groves, lemon, hazelnut and almond trees abound. The medieval hilltop village of Erice has stunning 360 degree views.
3. Outdoor Activities
Swimming, snorkelling, boating, diving, birdwatching (near the salt pans of Trapani), rock climbing and hiking are all popular.
Hike MOUNT ETNA, Europe’s tallest active volcano at 3,323m, with treks for all skill levels or the tranquil Parco Naturale Regionale delle Madonie with its beautiful flowers in spring, autumn colours and historic hilltop farms. In winter, you can ski down the slopes!
4. History and Architecture
Sicily has a vast and varied history and architecture reflected by its Arab, Greek and Roman
colonization. For mosaics, visit Villa Romana del Casale. Caccamo has a Norman castle. Ragusa is a UNESCO world heritage site, with medieval architecture and stunning views. Syracuse is a UNESCO world heritage site, with Greek ruins and Ortygia’s maze of alleyways and piazzas. The ruins and temples of Selinunte are one of the most important archaeological sites in Sicily.
5. Food and Drink
Sicily is famous for its unique culinary experience, with influences from many cultures and fresh, seasonal food and Sicilian wines. Aracini, savoury stuffed rice balls, and freshly caught tuna, swordfish and sardines are all popular.
Local tomatoes, capers, olives, almonds, pistachios and lemons feature highly in the menus and sample black pork from the Nebrodi mountains. For dessert, there’s gelato, cassata and cannoli! Find time to sample street food in the markets held in nearly every town. The vendors in Ballaro market in Palmero even sing to get you to buy their products!
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Fly to Palermo or Catania in around 3 hours from the UK.
When To Go
Sicily is very busy and hot in the summer months with the spring and September preferable if you wish to explore. October is the wettest month.
1. Taormina offers sensational festivals of music, (including pop star performances), theatre, dance and film in the impressive 3rd century Teatro Greco and other venues. In the Spring, there are month long live performances in the ancient amphitheatre at Syracruse.
2. The 7 volcanic AEOLIAN islands off the north coast... all unique, offering a slower pace of life and a wealth of outdoor activities, such as hiking and diving, in stunning locations and
STROMBOLI volcano to explore.