Home to turquoise coastlines, Greco-Roman ruins, exquisite vineyards and one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Sicily is a destination with serious character. Separated from mainland Italy’s ‘toe’ by the narrow Strait of Messina, the island has long stood at a crossroads of civilisations.
Discover elements of Sicily’s rich history in the capital city of Palermo, where settlements have existed for millennia, and where a mingling of Byzantine, Arabic, neo-classical and other architectural landmarks is testament to its diversity. See the gilded interiors of the Monreale Cathedral before immersing yourself in the joyful clamour of a busy market scene.
Vibrant Catania, Sicily’s second city, stands within the shadow of Mt Etna – one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Once you’ve gone for an urban wander, head for an adventurous trek partway up the volcano’s flanks. From up high, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views, as well as the chance to get close to its steaming craters.
From there, it’s not far to the pretty city of Taormina, nor to Avola, home to the famous Nero d’Avola grape and a perfect destination for wine lovers. Then there’s Syracuse – one of the ancient world’s busiest cities and still home to Greco-Roman ruins – and the baroque hilltop towns of south-eastern Sicily. Wherever you wander, prepare for some beautifully vibrant Mediterranean sightseeing.