Sicily: your next trip?

A trip to Sicily will give you authentic emotions. You will spend your holiday dedicated to the variety of the territory, where you will be spoiled for choice on what to do during your stay on the island: what about seaside tourism on one (or more) of its islands? Or dedicating yourself to natural tourism in one of its beautiful nature reserves and parks? Then maybe, at dinner time, you could dedicate yourself to culinary tourism in a nice restaurant on the seafront.

And last but not least, you can’t miss the visit of the Sicilian cities during your trip. An open-air artistic heritage proves the historical importance of Sicily in the Mediterranean civilization. Sicilian cities are an Italian character that is worth knowing, with its virtues and vices.

Sicily, south of the tip of the Italian boot, represents the last territory of the natural bridge that in an ancient past connected the European continent to the African one. Today, the sea fully surrounds the island, even if the Strait of Messina, which separates Sicily from the Italian mainland making it the major Mediterranean island, reaches barely 3 km in its narrow point.

You are about to leave for the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea. However, the greatness of Sicily does not consist only in its size. Its sea, its Mediterranean climate, its lively cities, its picturesque villages, the extroverted character of its people make Sicily the greatest island in our sea. This is what makes Sicily unique.

From Palermo to Catania, passing from Ragusa: between modernity and millennial history

The beauty of Sicily is not only its sea and its beaches, but it is certainly also its cities. Palermo, at the foot of Mount Pellegrino, shows the different ages of the Sicilian history with its beautiful monuments. The most famous are the cathedral and Palazzo dei Normanni. The artistic and cultural heritage of the Arab-Norman Palermo is so important that obtained, together with Cefalù and Monreale, the coveted award of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015. The Sicilian chief town is not only a wonderful historic and artistic city. It is also a place of pulsating life, day and night. Our advice for your trip to Palermo: visit the traditional and lively Vucciria market. It is here where the heart of the city beats.

Also Catania, the second Sicilian city for number of inhabitants, has much to offer to its visitor. Besides having a remarkable monumental heritage like Palermo, it has also a unique natural heritage in the world: the Natural Park of Etna. Maybe not everybody knows that Catania received two awards from UNESCO: the first one for Etna, which has been declared Natural Heritage Site, and the second one for the baroque art and culture, assigned to the Val di Noto.

Besides Catania, among the cities of Val di Noto there is Ragusa that boasts not only a wonderful seaside resort (Marina di Ragusa), but also a very fascinating old town, Ragusa Ibla.

Cattedrale di Palermo
Palermo - Cathedral

There are many more Sicilian cities that deserve to be visited. We recommend you to continue your trip in Sicily going to Agrigento, famous especially for the Valley of the Temples, and Siracusa, an expression of the baroque architecture. Do not miss the old town of Trapani, the last bastion of western Sicily. Finally: visit Taormina and the nearby Giardini Naxos.

Valle dei Templi di Agrigento
Agrigento - Valley of the Temples
Anfiteatro greco di Siracusa
Siracusa - Greek amphitheatre

The Mediterranean climate: seaside holidays also in Spring and Autumn

The Sicilian climate, typically Mediterranean, often reaches very high temperatures, especially in July and August, when the thermometer can reach 40 °C in the central hours of the day.

Sicily can be perfectly visited also in the spring months, from April, as well as in the first part of Autumn, from October. Some years the external temperature is warm, but not sweltering, letting the tourist enjoy also the central hours of the day. The temperature of the water is also very pleasant, so that it is possible to swim also at sunset. Therefore, if you are planning a trip to Sicily, our advice is to consider also the low and medium season. Besides, prices are much lower!

Sicily beaches: get the “Sicilian tun”

Talking about a trip to Sicily, we cannot help but talk about its sea and its beaches. Among the most famous, there are the seafront of Marina di Ragusa, the beach of Donnalucata and Giardini Naxos nearby Taormina. The renowned Scala dei Turchi, in the province of Agrigento, as well as San Vito Lo Capo and the beach of Fontane Bianche nearby Siracusa. Is that all? Certainly not! Do you want to discover more? Read our guide to Sicily beaches. You will find plenty of useful information about the type of beach, sand, gravel or rock, crowding, the services available and their accessibility.

Scala dei Turchi
Scala dei Turchi beach
Spiaggia di Giardini Naxos
Giardini Naxos - Beach

Natural tourism in Sicily: hiking on foot or by bike

Sicily is an island and this make us thinking immediately about the sea. For this reason, we often do not consider that the island is composed by the 80% of mountains and hills. Those who love natural tourism will have endless trails for different types of excursions, to go hiking or cycling. There are also a lot of natural parks, the most famous of which is that of Etna. There are also many marine nature reserves, such as the Zingaro Reserve near San Vito lo Capo.

Parco dell Etna
Parco dell'Etna - Hiking on the Barbagallo craters
Riserva dello Zingaro
Riserva dello Zingaro - Panoramic view over the coast
San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo – Coast

Trip to Sicily: how to reach the island

There are two ways to reach Sicily: by sea or by sky. The island has four airports in Palermo, Catania, Comiso and Trapani. They are connected with many Italian cities, even if the frequency of the flights is higher for the bigger cities like Milan and Rome. In these cities, especially in summer, there are two or three flights a day to one of the Sicilian airports.

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