In the heart of the mediterranean, with some of the finest sites of Greek civilisation, elaborate baroque style towns, beautiful beaches, fine food, plenty of sunshine and dramatic landscapes, Sicily is a destination that truly has something for everyone. Well preserved Greek temples, Roman villas and Norman cathedrals for those seeking an insight into the ancient world. Fine wine from vineyards on the slope of Mount Etna and delicious food influenced by many culinary cultures for the epicurean among us. Numerous towns with stunning baroque style architecture for whiling away the days wandering through labyrinthine streets and sipping coffee in stunning piazzas. For those seeking dramatic landscapes, Mount Etna is a must – where you can walk or take a cable car to the summit and maybe walk around the rim of the crater. For culture vultures, Sicily has a number of theatre, opera and other performing arts festivals throughout the year, including live performances in the amphitheatre in Syracuse. And for beach lovers, numerous sandy and pebbly beaches providing glorious spots for watching sunsets.
Sicily combines brilliantly with the Aeolian islands off the north coast. For more information on these enchanting islands visit our Aeolian Islands page.
There is some lovely walking in Sicily. But unfortunately reliable walking maps are, with the exception of Etna, hard to find. For those who wish to self guide then Etna is a great destination and there is also a reputable book of walks for you to try. But trails are not well marked and so you will need to rely on the walking book. Alternatively there are plenty of guides who can take you on walks. A guided walk on Etna is an excellent way both to stretch your legs, see fantastic panoramas and learn about the volcano itself.