The largest Mediterranean islands and one of the most famous Italian destinations, Sicily, is a fascinating mix of cultures and heritage. Over the course of time, the Sicilian islands were colonized by the Arabs, the Greeks, and the Romans.
Through the Greek temples, the architecture of the Roman era, mosaics, paintings, and cuisines, you can relive the rich historical past that has influenced much of the cultural diversity of this place. From the historic city of Palermo to the spectacular cliff tops in Taormina, the medieval towns of Agrigento to the active volcanoes of Mount Etna, Sicily will surely leave you mesmerized!
Take a look at some of the most notable places to visit while on your next holiday in Sicily.
It is one of the most famous towns in Sicily, with a rich historical past. You’d be surprised to know that it was one of the world’s largest cities in ancient times. With narrow alleyways, medieval buildings, piazzas, and bustling energy, Agrigento is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage site: The Valle dei Templi or The Valley of the Temples.
It was built around the 5th century B.C. and is one of the most spectacular examples of Greek architecture and art. Beautiful beaches and heritage sites, Agrigento is sure to make your Sicilian holiday exciting!
Mount Etna is one of the highest and largest active volcanoes of Italy. Located at the foothills of Mount Etna, between the cities of Catania and Messina, Taormina, also called “The Pearl of Sicily,” is a beautiful old town. This place is a treasure trove for explorers with a heritage town filled with historic sites, buildings, and architecture.
You can check out the grand theatre from the Greek-Roman era or the Palazzo Corvaja, visit the medieval town of Castelbuono, the island of Isola Bella, or maybe just take a stroll on the Corso Umberto, and discover all the things that this town has to offer.
You can also spend the day soaking up some sunshine by the gorgeous capes of the Ionian Sea and enjoy the view.
Off the coast of northern Sicily, by the Tyrrhenian Sea, lies the small island of Stromboli. It is part of the eight Aeolian Islands, which form the volcanic arc of north Sicily. Because of the active volcano, this island has been nicknamed “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.” So, don’t forget to pay a visit to this lighthouse when in Sicily!
Another picturesque Sicilian town, Palermo, has a lot to offer, from the Norman Palace, Palermo Cathedral to the Massimo Theatre, and the Ballaro Market. Don’t forget to visit Monreale Cathedral to catch a glimpse of the spectacular golden mosaics made from 2200 kg of pure gold!
Cefalu is a quaint little fishing town dotted with colorful boats on its beautiful sandy beaches and moors. This town will surely keep you engaged with spectacular views at La Rocca di Cefalù to historical sites like Cefalù Norman cathedral.
Syracuse and Ortigia Island
Located along the east coast of Sicily, the town of Syracuse and Ortigia Island is a beautiful and enchanting historical place. Here you will find monuments, cobbled streets, medieval squares, fountains, palaces, and churches. When you are visiting Ortigia Island, don’t forget to check out Piazza del Duomo, The port, The Castello Maniace and the Arethusa fountain.
While you are exploring Syracuse’s city, you will surely be mesmerized by the Neapolis archaeological park with its Roman amphitheater, Greek theatre, and the Ear of Dionysius!
Sicily is a beautiful, historically rich place and is a must-visit to make your next Italian holiday genuinely remarkable and memorable!