What to see in Sicily? This Mediterranean gem boasts such a vast array of attractions that it’s quite difficult to provide a satisfying answer to this question. Whether the main goal is visiting the beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, intriguing towns or ancient ruins, one fact is for certain; foodies in search of culinary adventures will definitively fall in love with the place and the food. Explore your options and see if a Sicily holiday with First Choice can make your culinary dream come true.
The Beautiful Beaches
Many Sicilian beaches evoke memories of distant exotic paradises. San Vito Lo Capo is a true Caribbean beach boasting pristine white sand and crystal clear blue waters. While the beach of Scopello lacks sand, its deep blue waters and massive rocks offer a beautiful backdrop to the surrounding flora and fauna known for offering a paradise of biodiversity. Also worth visiting is Castellamare del Golfo, a beach town located in the province of Trapani, and offering a white sandy beach lapped by crystal clear waters. When the weather gets scorching hot nothing beats a nice, refreshing Sicilian style “gelato” or Italian ice.
Intriguing Towns and Cities
Palermo, Agrigento, Catania, Syracuse, Trapani, Ragusa, Messina and Caltanisetta are the eight Sicilian Provinces. These large cities all offer a wealth of attractions. Small picturesque towns worth visiting include Cefalu’, Erice, Monreale, Piazza Armerina, Avola and Noto. Visitors seeking culinary adventures should watch for local food festivals held year round in many small towns.
The Stunning Natural Landscapes
A must see is Mount Etna, the largest volcano of Europe that occasionally comes to life with spectacular eruptions. Equally fascinating are the several islands surrounding Sicily. Malta, Favignana, Pantelleria and Lipari are splendid destinations to treasure for their unique beauty. Visiting Agrigento when its almond trees are blooming in February is an unforgettable sight. Worth trying are the artistic almond paste creations shaped in all types of fruits and vegetables.
The Ancient Ruins
Sicily has been for many centuries the meeting point for many ancient cultures which have left their traces scattered throughout the island. Agrigento, Selinunte, Syracuse and Taormina boast ancient temples and Greek theatres. The Romans, Normans and Arabs have also left behind stunning villas, beautiful castles and magnificent mosaics. Of course, the local cuisine also reflects the many centuries of different, intriguing cultures.
The Wonderful Food
Nothing feels better than ending an evening catering to the taste buds and enjoying some mouth-watering Sicilian dishes. The Sicilian cuisine is strongly influenced by the Arabs, and therefore, boasts an interesting combination of sweet and savoury. Typical Sicilian dishes include rice balls, stuffed pizza, eggplant caponata and pasta dishes. Travellers with a sweet tooth will rejoice at the sight of marzipan, ice cream, ricotta filled cannoli and the famous Sicilian Cassata.
As seen, it’s very difficult to answer the question “What to see in Sicily?” because there are just so many things to see that a brief stay will likely not suffix. Whether travellers are visiting Sicily for business or for pleasure, this marvellous island will impress with its beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, historic attractions and its wonderful culinary delights.