Known as the seductive pearl, Sicily, the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is so rich in history and traditions that art and culture intertwine its wonderful natural beauties. From its white sand or stone beaches you can choose to visit Europe’s highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, or one of the stunning Aeolian Islands.
From the cave of Cyclops, the legendary protagonist of poets Homer and Virgil, to the classical perfection of Agrigento’s Temples of the Valley, from the ancient Arab Borgo di Marzamemi, a hamlet near Siracusa which has remained almost unchanged for centuries, to the Byzantine mosaics in the cathedral of Cefalù, Sicily is like an open art-history book. From the golden-hued domes of Noto, the Baroque capital of Sicily to the multi-tiered cathedrals of Ragusa and Modica, here are but a few of Sicily’s seven Unesco World Heritage Sites.
With rays of warm sunshine and rich volcanic soil merged with its heavenly climate, Sicily produces such an abundance of delicious, fruit and vegetables, the aromas of which fill the air... lemons, oranges, limes, figs and nectarines dripping from the trees, terraces of tomatoes, eggplants and vineyards. Sicily's ancient cuisine continues to rely on a few key island-grown ingredients: shellfish and citrus, tuna and swordfish, pistachios, almonds, and ricotta.
From the crystal seas to the volcanic mountains, from the fishing villages to the temples, from the olive oil and local wines to the mouthwatering food around every street corner, there are many, many reasons to visit Sicily.
In three words:
Sun-drenched, Delicious, Heavenly