Sicily is a sun-drenched, open-air museum offering the romantic allure of an island paradise and a blend of cultures that have left their marks over the years.
Crystal-clear seas, history around every corner, the smell of lemons , locals loudly chitchatting. Discover this and so much more on this delightful island.
Travelling along the coastal roads lined with oleanders and prickly pears, you will see a variety of spectacular panoramic views from all three of this island’s sides.
This is a land of myths and legends, from Polyphemus to Scylla and Charybdis. Sicily seduces you, a bewitching, mysterious place.
Renowned for its superior food and wine, Sicily has bequeathed the food world with an enormous variety of complex and sophisticated specialties that are flavourful and traditional.
Sicily’s conquerors were many and diverse, never leaving the island isolated: Phoenicia, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, the Capetian House of Anjou, Spaniards, and Bourbons.
Sicily was enticing for the world’s greatest rulers because of its strategic position in the centre of the Mediterranean, mild climate and beauty.
Each population left its mark that lives on even today, making this island a unique model of harmonious integration.
Arancine (fried, stuffed rice balls), cannolis, panelle (chickpea fritters), pasta alla norma (eggplant, tomatoes, and salted ricotta), cassata (ricotta cheese-filled cake), pistachio nuts from Bronte, couscous, chocolate from Modica , granita (semi-frozen dessert), and brioche pastries. This impressive list could go on and on if it included the many culinary specialties already famous and prepared worldwide.
But eating these dishes in some far-flung corner of the world is not the same as in Sicily. There’s nothing better than nibbling an arancina while gazing over the Straits of Messina as dolphins play and show off or munching a spleen sandwich while winding through Palermo’s vibrant, lively street markets.
A vacation lives on through keepsakes, photos, and souvenirs.
Strolling through the narrow streets of Taormina, with the sea always in sight, you will find many artisan shops and trendy boutiques.
Head to Caltagirone and you will discover instead the finest in colourful ceramics: vases, plates, and tiles crafted by hand from unique, unequalled designs.
Sicily is also the homeland of Domenico Dolce, the stylist and founder of Dolce & Gabbana, who brought to the catwalks clothes printed with the island’s symbols, including traditional carts, citrus fruits, and sweets.
There are few places in the world in which you can marvel at a snow-capped active volcano on one side and the gleaming Mediterranean Sea on the other side. It won’t be easy to choose between the black sand of the small island of Vulcano and the white, rocky cliffs of the Scala dei Turchi.
You might opt instead for a hike up the Stromboli volcano to the crater in order to check out volcanic fragments called lapilli. Or maybe simply a happy hour on a boat? When in doubt, we recommend a sure bet. Watch the sunset from Marsala’s salt marshes where the sun meets the horizon and then plunges in the water.
Sicily is not only historical sites and fantastic food but also the ultimate playground, particularly for sports enthusiasts.
Feel the rush of parachuting into the bright blue sea off Siracusa or Catania. Kitesurf and windsurf on the Tyrrhenian Sea from Capo Peloro to Mondello and in the south at Marina di Ragusa.
Hike on Etna along six paths. You can even ski on Etna in the winter. And for seafarers, above all sailors, take advantages of the centres in Ortigia and Trapani.
Healing waters, mud baths, and caves have therapeutic properties that help reduce stress.
The thermal baths in Sciacca have been renowned since the days when the ancient Greeks roamed the island. The sulphur-rich waters and the unusual natural caves that give off geothermal gas have been used for health purposes. The caves, called the Stufe di San Calogero (Stoves of San Calogero), are tucked in the summit of Monte Kronio. Legend has it that Daedalus discovered the caves when fleeing from Crete.
Also linked to Greek mythology are Segesta’s thermal baths located between Alcamo and Castellammare del Golfo in the Trapani province.
Sicily is the island that never sleeps, thanks to its vibrant nightlife.
Let’s start with the lively Ballarò market that in the evening turns into an open-air discotheque, not to mention the inexpensive bars! Mark in your calendar the theatrical season showcasing Greek tragedies in the transcendent beauty of Siracusa’s Greek theatre. In Taormina, concerts and a famous film festival take place in the city’s beguiling ancient theatre that offers magnificent views of the bay. For the little ones and not only, hit Etnaland in the Catania province. The largest amusement park in southern Italy is a water park, zoo, and prehistoric park all in one.
Catholic religious festivals are an important part of Sicily’s cultural heritage. Among the most emblematic are those in honour of a city’s patron saint, namely Saint Agatha in Catania, Saint Rosalia in Palermo, and Saint Lucia in Siracusa.
Pilgrims flock to the Saint Rosalia sanctuary, built inside a cave on Mount Pellegrino. This sacred spot looks out over Palermo presenting a spectacular panorama in which the sky and sea seem to become one.
A pilgrimage to the Tindari sanctuary is also a transforming experience, especially for the presence of the black Madonna and the breathtaking views of Marinello’s natural reserve with the Aeolian islands in the background.
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In the Asinaro valley, among the expanses of citrus groves, atop of one of the many hills, stands the city of Noto, an expanse of pink marble, Baroque palaces and richly decorated churches. The Val di Noto is a vast territory between Ragusa, Syracuse, Enna, Caltanisetta and Catania, and its...
The contrast between the softness of sweet ricotta and the crunchy wafer is sublimated in the simply irresistible Sicilian cannolo. Sicilian cannoli are one of the symbols of Sicily. This region produces all types and sizes of cannoli, but the classics have a simple wafer of soft wheat flour, lard,...
The Zingaro Nature Reserve was created in 1981 in the province of Trapani to safeguard one of the few stretches of coastline saved from the coastal road. The reserve covers around 7,000 sq.km of untamed nature. The landscapes are of wondrous beauty, with fantastic beaches of white sands and pebbles,...
Lively and elegant Taormina has been an internationally renowned tourist attraction ever since the “Grand Tour”. The town has remained chic thanks to its charming panoramas, majestic archaeological vestiges, refined and experimental cuisine and a mild climate all year round. Here you will find splendid luxury stores, prestigious cultural events,...
On the slope of the hill among olive trees, lemons and bougainvilleas, a “cult hotel” with panoramic terraces. Apéritif at sunset and then off to dance, under a romantic starry sky in a unique atmosphere. Panarea is perhaps the trendiest amongst the Aeolian Islands. In summer, tourists crowd its streets,...
Every year in Catania, from February 3 to 5, the streets of the city are filled with tourists and faithful to celebrate Sant’Agata. This festival probably dates back to 250 CE and legend tells that the Christian Saint was condemned to death unshakably defending her faith and thus deserving sanctification....
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, the Necropolis of Pantalica is spread over a total of 80 hectares of unspoilt nature and traces of ancient civilisations dating back to the 13th century BC. To visit the site you can take one of several available routes, all starting...
It is the largest protected natural area on the island. The Nebrodi Mountains look down over the Tyrrhenian Sea and are bordered to the south by Mt Etna and the Alcantara river. The area is also renowned for its cured meats made of pork from the famous Nebrodi black pig....
With its 1,300 hectares of land, the Valley of the Temples is the world’s largest archaeological site, as well as a UNESCO world heritage site. The park covers the ruins of the ancient town of Akragas. It is in an extraordinary state of preservation, and has wonderful Doric temples from...
Introduced by the Phoenicians centuries ago, the origin of this wine is Egyptian, and the terraces on which the grape is grown is of Arab inspiration. Zibibbo wine tells a story with a very Mediterranean flavour. Over the centuries Pantelleria was both the destination and stopping-off point for countless trading,...