Ten things to do in Sicily

1. Palermo & Monreale

Palermo is a city rich in art and history and represents a must step of your tour in Sicily. Palermo and Monreale boast splendid churches, monuments, palaces and squares narrating centuries of history. As you visit the city, you will enjoy shopping in lively markets and quarters full of colours and sounds over the streets. You will surely get fascinated by special flavours and aromas of “street food” and you may also appreciate plenty of cultural events and numerous shopping opportunities this wonderful city offers.

2. San Vito lo Capo and Zingaro Nature Reserve

San Vito lo Capo is a lovely seaside village lying west off Palermo and is well-known for long wonderful beaches and for an annual Couscous Festival – a culinary event dedicated to Sicilian and North-African dishes. Nearby, Zingaro Nature Reserve lies around a splendid area of unspoiled nature and is a perfect place to discover suggestive peaceful beaches and inlets or to admire rare plants and animal species.

3. Typical products in Erice, Trapani and Marsala

Visiting the area extending from the medieval hilltop town Erice down to Marsala, you can learn how local Sicilian craftspeople make their own typical products: tuna fishing, salt production and coral manufacturing in Trapani, carpets and pottery in Erice while Marsala wine production made within the homonym town is such an interesting traditional activity that will surely appeal the most curious tourists.

4. Archaeological sites in Agrigento and Selinunte

Agrigento and Selinunte, once important powerful Greek cities, host today impressive traces of Greek and ancient Roman cultures. The archaeological area of Agrigento, known as the “Valley of the Temples” – consisting of 8 temples and other major ruins – is one of the best archaeological site in the world as well as the stunning Greek temples in Selinunte, half a way between Trapani and Agrigento.

5. Baroque Area

After being destroyed by an earthquake in 1963, Sicily area between Noto and Ragusa Ibla was completely rebuilt in an explosion of Baroque art which transformed these ancient towns in splendid museums rich in enchanting Baroque churches, palaces and monuments.

Modica, Noto, Scicli, Ragusa, Caltagirone and Modica are must-see sites if you want to be delighted by the magnificence of Sicilian Baroque architecture.

6. Mt. Etna & Catania

How could you miss Mt. Etna, the highest European active volcano while visiting Sicily? Its imposing presence marks all the landscapes and surrounding areas offering breathtaking views, especially when its top is snow-covered. Hiking in Mt. Etna, you will be fascinated by its immense National Park and by its suggestive craters and smoke puffs. A beautiful volcano view can be admired from Catania, a splendid city greeting visitors with baroque monuments, black lava stone buildings and an atmosphere of great splendour.

7. Art & history in Syracuse and Taormina

In Syracuse and Taormina you can surely experience a combination of ancient time atmospheres, art, culture as well as beautiful sceneries. The Greek-Roman theatre in Taormina and the Greek theatre in Syracuse are wonderful examples of Classical architecture and both Taormina and Syracuse boast many other splendid monuments built in different historical ages (Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans) surely worth to visit.

8. Cefalù, Santo Stefano di Camastra and Tindari

Driving East to Palermo along Sicily Northern Coast, you will run into the lovely seaside resort of Cefalù, a renowned tourist destination boasting a beautiful sandy beach and a charming historical centre; proceeding further, you may stopover in Santo Stefano di Camastra to admire the colourful characteristic hand-crafted ceramics. Not far from Santo Stefano di Camastra, you’ll find Tindari with its famous Sanctuary dedicated to the Black Madonna along with important Greek-Roman ruins.

9. Madonie & Nebrodi Mountains

If you want to leave the crowded Sicilian coasts to capture a different aspect of Sicily, you can make a tour in Madonie Mountains or in Nebrodi Mountains. Their Nature Protected Areas boast a splendid flora and fauna variety, breathtaking nature landscapes and an atmosphere of peace and serenity. In Madonie Mountains, you can even discover ancient Sicilian traditions and characteristic historical centres hidden within enchanting small mountain villages.

10. The archipelagos

Sicily is surrounded by suggestive archipelagos: the seven Aeolian Islands– visited each summer by numerous tourists – and Ustica, a wonderful Marine Reserve are both lying in the Tyrrhenian Sea; opposite Western Sicily coast, you find the peaceful Aegadian Islands; finally, on the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll find the suggestive Pantelleria and the Pelagic Islands with Lampedusa, the main island, boasting a stunning clear blue sea.

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