Posts Tagged ‘guide to Sicily’

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 [...]

Sicily from inside » Western Sicily

Windmill in Western Sicily

Western Sicily, with its “Wild West appeal” dominating the landscape, is undoubtedly worth to be visited although it has never been popular as other most renowned Sicily areas. Colonised by the Arabs, this area boasts important history traces such as Segesta’s archaeological sites or the pleasant hilltop medieval town Erice. The coastline is blessed with stunning natural beauties. It hosts the splendid Zingaro Nature Reserve – the finest Sicily Natural Reserve situated between Scopello and San Vito lo Capo bearing a unique landscape: rocky coasts with a clear blue sea, little inlets, overhanging cliffs and a spectacular flora. Fish preservation [...]

Sicily from inside » Central Sicily

Splendid mosaic in Piazza Armerina

Unperturbed from the typical mass tourism flooding Sicilian coasts, Central Sicily boasts a different atmosphere than any other Sicily destinations. This territory hosts isolated mountain villages, such as Enna, Nicosia, Leonforte, Aidone and Sperlinga, lying on hilltops and offering therefore stunning views of Nebrodi Mountains, Plain of Catania and even Mt. Etna. Within this fascinating contest of “Sicily without sea”, ancient farming traditions, pasture, cultivated fields, rural farms and abandoned mines witness how farming, mining and sheep-farming have led local economy for many years influencing landscapes and people’s lifestyle even today. The charming Enna, called from the ancient Greeks “Umbilicus [...]