6 Reasons Why Sicily Should Be Your Next Italian Holiday Destination

If you had to sum up Sicily in just a few words, it’s an island of extremes. Rocky volcanic coastlines give way to white sandy beaches. Crumbling architectural treasures of the ancient world sit next to some of the most theatrical and perfectly preserved paintings of the Baroque. Menus feature hearty pasta dishes next to the freshest raw seafood, while the grandest of five-star luxury accommodations are found alongside meticulously designed boutique hotels and charming farm stays.

It’s a cliche, but in Sicily, there’s truly something for everyone.

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Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and Monreale with the amazing Dome

Palermo has a very distinct atmosphere and is a mysterious place with conflicting characteristics which you can notice strolling through its charming streets.

Its strategic position, in the middle of the Mediterranean, attracted numerous invaders including Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and especially Spanish, the most influential population. Palermitan culture is therefore, the amazing result of the different ethnic groups that had left evident signs during centuries. Signs that had created a great cultural heterogeneity that today is reflected in the large number of architectural styles and dishes made by a very interesting mix of ingredients.

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Taormina, the world famous resort-town of Sicily

Taormina is always part of the best travel itineraries when it comes to a visit to Sicily. It’s a must-visit location, especially if you want to enjoy the most famous resort town of Sicily.

Taormina is a beautiful hilltop town on the East coast of Sicily. Perched 204m high, it boasts some of the most impressive views of the island and even in the whole of Italy, with the sparkling Ionian sea stretching as far as the eye can see, and the mighty Mount Etna providing a constant striking yet humbling presence.

The town possesses an abundance of old-style charm and oozes romanticism from every corner. There’s no wonder it is widely considered the pearl of the Ionian Sea.

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Siracusa, Ortigia and the Archaeological Park

Mediterraneo’s gem and cultural capital of Magna Grecia, the city offers a great variety of choices and attractions.

It stands on the shores of south-eastern Sicily and shows different types of coasts: from jagged cliffs to beautiful beaches. The urban territory develops itself on the island of Ortigia and on the mainland; because of its geographic conformation, Siracusa presents a natural spectacle made of river valleys, coloured latomie and beaches that – together with archeological elements of undoubtable historical relevance – give birth to the unique beauty of the place.

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Trapani, Marsala and Erice

The province of Trapani has a fascinating history: the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean sea meet right in front of the peninsula.

The city was once the port serving Erice, and became an important centre for the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs and the Normans thanks to its strategic position.

Today, Trapani is an elegant destination and an important touristic hub. Furthermore the area has a great Salt Way Road who connect Trapani with Marsala. The area is famous for the wine, salt and olive oil productions.

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Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

The archaeological area of Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples, is on the southern coast of Sicily and covers the vast territory of the ancient polis, from the Rupe Atenea to the acropolis of the original ancient city, as well as to the sacred hill on which stand the main Doric temples and up to the extramural necropolis.

Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century BCE, Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean region. Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the remains of the magnificent Doric temples that dominate the ancient town, much of which still lies intact under today’s fields and orchards. Selected excavated areas reveal the late Hellenistic and Roman town and the burial practices of its early Christian inhabitants.

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Etna and the bigger European active Volcano

UNESCO world heritage site since 2013, In an almost constant state of activity and emitting frequent eruptions, Europe’s largest active volcano has an almost overwhelming presence over eastern Sicily. Somehow no trip to Sicily seems absolutely complete without a visit to Mount Etna.

Today, Etna is almost always blazing, if not erupting, its distinctive coronet of smoke a familiar sight across much Sicily. While black smoke is apparently a good sign, white smoke is a more sinister portent. Must no miss is a winery visit with lunch and wine tastings.

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