Sicily is the largest among many islands of Italy and in the Mediterranean Sea, a surprising land rich in history and traditions, where art and culture are intertwined with wonderful natural beauty. From the sea to the mountains passing through the countryside, volcanoes and seaside villages, there are so many reasons to visit Sicily. As Frederick of Swabia, King of Sicily, once said ‘I do not envy God for Heaven, because I am happy to live in Sicily’. In this article we are going to anticipate what are the must-see spots during your trip to Sicily.
Palermo, Trapani, and Islands
One of the most amazing areas of the island is the north-west, where are the town of Palermo, one of the most important cities in the region. Palermo, from the Norman to the Arab style, from the Greek to the Spanish testimonies, the regional capital is a melting pot of cultures and a place of lively local markets. Here you can visit the wonderful alleys and monuments of the historic center. Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples are a popular destination due to its perfectly preserved archaeological park.
Also here is Trapani with its enchanting sea and the nature areas of the surroundings and Marsala, the city of wine, custodian of one of the most evocative stretches of coast in the area. The small islands such as Pantelleria, Favignana and Lampedusa are called the Caribbean paradises of Southern Italy. The archaeological sites such as Segesta, Selinunte and Agrigento, up to the enchanting historic villages of Cefalù, Sciacca and Erice also can be easily reached from this part of the island.
Eastern Sicily is also a hypnotizing and fascinating area where you can visit cities such as Messina, Catania, Syracuse, or Taormina with its immense archaeological and historical heritage. Do not miss the scenic beauty of Etna, the coastal areas of Capo Passero and the Isola delle Correnti, the natural reserve of Vendicari and Noto. All these unique spots are on a list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Messina is a city of great charm and the most important seaport of Sicily. Here you must see the historic center and Piazza Duomo, the astronomical clock, and the beautiful fountain of Orion. In Catania, you should visit the Cathedral of Sant’Agata, the Baroque monuments, the Bellini Garden, the Landing Museum, and the mysterious undergrounds of Catania. For those who wants to explore more wild nature and adventures, an excursion to Etna with trekking on the crater would be the great escape of the civilization.
Do not miss the area of Syracuse and the island of Ortigia, an extraordinary city of art with one of the largest archaeological areas in the Mediterranean. Finally, an obligatory stop on a holiday in Sicily is Taormina, a symbol of the island’s historical and archaeological value. Refuge for artists, in a panoramic position between the sea and the mountains, it is a refined town, which holds splendid treasures, such as its incredible Greek Theater.