Travel tips

Sparkling Mediterranean of Sicily

Eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, the gorgeous island of Sicily continues to seduce travellers with it's dazzling diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures. Sicily is the largest of the Italian Islands and 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.

There are many reasons why either people want to visit Sicily or once they have visited Sicily they want to go back. The classic crossroads, Mediterranean flavours, sparkling seas, restless mountains, the influences of byzantine and baroque - and the list just continues. Sicily is the meeting point between east and west, Africa and Europe. The artistic and culinary side of the island was influenced by its Arab, Bison time and Norman past.

The fastest way to reach Sicily is by flying to Palermo, Catania or Trapani. But if you are already in Italy, there is a train service as well as ferries and hydrofoils. Renting a car is also best option when visiting smaller towns and remote archeological sites. Sicily's other islands are well served with efficient ferries.

Sicily is one of Europes most mesmerisingly beautiful destinations from the dawn light to terra-cotta walls to the presence smell of the lemon trees and to the amazing flavours of Sicilian food.

Here are some tips from us - we warmly recommend for you to visit these places the next time you go to Sicily!

1. Climb to stromboli crater

For nature lovers, climbing Stromboli is one of Sicily's not-to-be-missed experiences! Since 2005 access has been strictly regulated: you can walk freely to 400m but after that you need a guide to continue any higher. The climb itself takes from 2½ to three hours, while the descent back to Piazza San Vincenzo is shorter (from 1½ to two hours). All told, it's a demanding five to six hour trek up to the top and back but definitely worth it!

2. Island hopping 

We also recommend heading over to the Aeolian Islands. Aeolian Islands are located only in an hour and a half from the main island. Places like Lipari and Salina are both almost like mini-Sicily’s within Sicily. The pace of life is certainly a lot slower, and the views are simply astonishing!

3. Discover ancient monuments & traditions

For the classicist, Syracuse's real attraction is this archaeological park where Greek drama performances, film premiers and rock concerts are all held. Teatro Greco is perhaps the most spectacular performance space in whole Europe. In late spring it's brought to life with an annual season of classical theatre performances. Beside the theatre there're are other monuments worth seeing as well. If you visit Sicily at Easter time, you are in for a treat. Even if you are not religious in any way, you will be in amazed by the annual Good Friday processions that take place across the island.

4. Try delicious sweet treats

Your holiday in Sicily would not be complete without tasting at least some of the island`s sweet treats. Especially the cannoli is worth tasting and each town has their own specialtys - including many different types of granite which is the Sicilian version of gelato.