Sicily is the largest island in Italy, it’s separated from the main land by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Mediterranean, the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Seas.
It’s one of the main seaside destinations of Southern Italy, thanks to its wonderful beaches and to a variety of landscapes and itineraries dedicated to nature, history, traditions and typical food.
Sicily encases an extraordinary variety in its scenery: mountains, hills and specially the incredible shores with a crystal clear sea that will take your breath away.
Other jewels of this region are the little islands out of Sicily coasts: The Egadi, Aeolians and Pelagie Islands as well as Pantelleria and Ustica create a unique scenery, made of nature, culture and fantastic flavors.
The last but not the least, we can’t forget the great volcanoes, symbols of irresistible beauty and power of nature: Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and Stromboli, another active volcano.
Sicily is also rich in archaeological treasures, that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (the antique name for Sicily).
What to do:
Sicily is rich in little towns and unexpected treasures.
Palermo and Monreale, authentic jewels of Arab, Norman and Liberty art, Catania and the towns on the coast called “Cyclopes Riviera”, the majestic ruins of Agrigento’s Temple Valley, the medieval village of Erice, the famous Taormina, Siracusa’s Archaeological Park and its splendid Ortigia Island.
Let’s start with a guided tour of Palermo and Monreale to discover the most exciting and amazing spots of these cities, keep on visiting the incredible settlements of Erice, Segesta and Trapani, where you can also visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops.
Don’t forget to stay at least one day in the town of lava, Catania: the historic centre, built after the earthquake of 1693, is one of the Baroque testimony of the Sicily Eastern region, characterized by the greyish colour of the lava rock. Here you can join a tour of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe; then you will continue to Taormina “the pearl of the Ionian Sea”.
What to taste:
In Sicily you will discover the real passion for genuine food and natural flavors: starting from appetizers with the famous fried rice balls or the cazzilli (potato croquette), to a wide range of first courses and fresh fish.
Finally you should not pass up the famous Sicilian pastries, cannoli filled with fresh ricotta cheese, Cassata (a famous Sicilian dessert) and almond paste.