Sicily from inside

Sicily from inside » Mediterranean Coast

The Valley of the Temples

Visiting Sicily Southern coast, you will be surprised and fascinated by the contradiction characterizing this area. A modern and brutal landscape destruction including ugly illegal buildings dating back to the ’60s and ’80s as well as Gela and Augusta industrial complexes on a side and magic Valley of the Temples surrounded by almond orchards and olive grooves on the other. These stunning temples are a wonderful evidence of Greek colonisation in Sicily, standing silent and indifferent towards the mutable modern landscape. Even the nature landscape is full of contradiction: empty and desert wastelands in the inside and humid areas in [...]

Sicily from inside » The Southeast

Ragusa buildings

Rich in history, art and culture, Sicily South-East offers a lot to see and admire. It combines wonderful art towns and archaeological sites with uncontaminated coastlines, wild nature and a variety of amazing landscapes. Often defined “The Greek Sicily”, this area bears impressive traces of Greek colonisation; fascinating Syracuse, once head of the Magna Grecia, is certainly the protagonist of such historical heritage. Its Greek archaeological site Neapolis, as well as the little island of Ortigia (where Greek, Baroque, Byzantine and Norman cultures influence buildings architecture) today is an important attraction for large numbers of visitors. Nearby, completely rebuilt after [...]

Sicily from inside » Ionian Coast

The Etna snow covered crater

Sicily Ionian Coast, with its three main centres – Messina, Catania and Taormina – can be considered the most developed Sicilian area not only from a tourist point of view. Indeed, Messina and above all Catania are important trade and business centres bearing economic developments standing out from the rest of the Island. This area hosts important tourist destinations that cannot be missed while visiting Sicily: Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, the renowned town of Taormina and all wonderful places in the surroundings attract a lot of visitors every year. Fascinating views, buildings made of lava stone, [...]

Sicily from inside » Tyrrhenian Coast

Approaching Stromboli

During the warmest season, a lot of beautiful resorts and beaches along the Tyrrhenian coast between Palermo and Milazzo are crowded both by local people and tourists. A well known seaside resort in this area is certainly the small fishing village of Cefalù, representing one of the most important tourist destinations in Sicily today. Lying within a natural gulf with its massive crag “Rocca” on the background and two high towers from its Norman Cathedral rising from the charming historical centre, Cefalù is a good starting point to visit all the beauties set within the Tyrrhenian Coast. Proceeding East from [...]