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Sicily – Italy

Sicily – Italy

Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina, and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to areas of interest, ranging from nature to history and traditions. Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas.

Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily – The Aeolians, Egadi and Pelagie Islands, Pantelleria and Ustica – offers unique and intense sceneries, scents, and flavors of uncontaminated nature.

Places to Enjoy

Sicily is the largest territory in all of Italy and also in the Mediterranean, it is constituted by 20 regions, among which some of its highlights are:

Palermo

The capital of Sicily and ancient city, it has numerous monuments such as the Catacombs of the Capuchins, the Zisa Palace and the Palace of the Normans. A few kilometers away is the Mondello Beach, one of the most beautiful on the island.

Syracuse

Located on an ancient Greek settlement, Syracuse has one of the most important historical heritage of the island: the Archaeological Park of Neapolis.

Trapani

Southwest of Sicily, it is known for its Phoenician saltworks and archaeological remains. In addition to the marvelous monuments that it houses in its old quarter, the Salinas that extend from Trapani to Marsala stand out. You can not miss the beaches, some of the most beautiful on the island.

Catania

It is the second largest city in Sicily, after Palermo. To the north, the famous Etna volcano stands out and has unparalleled monuments from the Greek and Roman times that earned it the title of Historical Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.

Taormina

Last but not least, Taormina On Mount Tauros has incredible sea views in front of Etna volcano. It houses important historical monuments, highlighting the natural and architectural charm offered by the Greek Theater of the 3rd century BC.

Sicily offers a multitude of places to visit that alternate nature, history, and tradition, its rich history is reflected in sites such as the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental Greek temples in the Doric style, and in the mosaics Byzantines of the Palatine Chapel, an old royal chapel in the capital city of Palermo.

The islands around Sicily are many and fascinating, but there’s an archipelago worth mentioning: the Lipari Islands (also called the Aeolian Islands), introduced in the year 2000 on the List of World Heritage of UNESCO. The Lipari archipelago consists of 7 islands (Lípari, Vulcano, Strómboli, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, and Panarea) and a series of islets and rocks of various sizes.

Another UNESCO-certified treasure of humanity is the archaeological site of Agrigento, one of the most important cities of Magna Grecia. Surrounded by olive trees, almond trees, citrus trees, and vineyards that extend to the sea, is the famous Valley of the Temples, and with its elegant and imposing monuments, it evokes the atmosphere of 2500 years ago, when the ancient Akagras (Agrigentum) was a center of power and culture.

We can not fail to mention that in the extreme east of Sicily, is Mount Etna, one of the highest active volcanoes in Europe, a natural wonder that shows us the best of Sicily.

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