Part of Italy yet distinctively different, Sicily embodies the temperament and color of southern Italy blended with the exotic flairs of northern Africa and the Orient. The island was historically a crossroads that bridged the cultures of Greece, Europe, Byzantine and North Africa. The mix is intense and sensual with a rich cultural legacy and a beguiling history.
Named for the ancient Siculi people who emigrated there from Lazio, its history stretches back to the Phoenicians, but it was the Greeks who made a decisive mark on Sicily building cities in the 6th and 5th centuries BC. The ruins of their great temples and theatres continue to amaze visitors many millennia later.

The Arabs brought trade, farming and mining to the island, the Normans imbued it with artistic and architectural splendor, and the Spanish brought a unique version of the Baroque style. In short, Sicily is unique. It retains an Arabic-tinged dialect, uses spices, almonds and raisins in its dishes, similar to Moroccan meals, and basks in its sunny setting like the wealthy ancient Romans who were drawn here.

The landscape is just as varied – craggy coastlines, sandy beaches, rolling hills and high mountains are all found here. Almonds, pistachios, citrus and vineyards flourish in the fertile, volcanic soil. This is where Marsala wine comes from, along with other heritage vintages.

Its pinnacle is Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano that is still prone to bouts of activity. The resort of Taormina has attracted tourists since ancient times; today’s sandy beaches and swanky restaurants still draw crowds, as do the incredible historic ruins it is famous for. Cities like Catania and Palermo pulse with energy, while smaller towns exude a slice of island life. There are rural hamlets, national parks and vineyard-line hills to enjoy, too.

Sicily is famous for its seafood and its sweets. Enjoy a cannoli (or three!), the fruit-spiked cassata cake, or a granita; gelato is a must – it was born here!

The island is lapped by three seas, is dotted with a string of islands, and is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With so much to see, taste, bask in and enjoy, it’s no wonder that Sicily is considered to be the pearl of Italy!

Cefalù

On Sicily's north coast, Cefalù is a city of soft sand beaches, ancient ruins, and modern vitality.

Modica

Modica is a gleeming city that at first glance seems to have erupted from the rock.

Noto

One glance at Noto and you'll see why it's referred to as "the pearl of Sicily".

Siracusa

The city of Siracusa was the most important city Magna Grecia for a period and declared by Cicero to be it's most beautiful, as well.

Taormina

Taormina embraces its Greco history while sitting on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

Agrigento

Agrigento is a contrast, where bustling modern city meets sprawling ancient ruins.

Bronte

Bronte is a city with agricultural roots sprawling along the base of Mount Etna.

Catania

The second largest city in Sicily, Catania is a vibrant place.

Chiaramonte Gulfi

High in the hills of south-central Sicily, Chiaramonte Gulfi is called a "balcony" for its sweeping views of the valleys, mountains and sea.

Ispica

The beautiful Baroque city of Ispica sits in the hills of the southern tip of Sicily.

Letojanni

Nestled to the north of Taormina, Letojanni is a popular coastal resort.

Palermo

Exotic, chaotic, sultry and vibrant, Palermo is Sicily's capital and largest city.

Ragusa

Ragusa looks fascinating, its stone buildings peeking up from streets that wrap themselves around the hilltop.

Acireale

Acireale is a surprising city on the Etna Coast.

Avola

An Ionian seaside town, Avola is a mix of old and new.

Caccamo

This lovely town in Sicily is a stunning surprise, located half-way between Palermo and Cefalu, resting in the hills above the Gulf of Termini Imerese.

Campofelice di Roccella

On Sicily's north coast, this seaside resort is more than just a beach, it is also a great base for exploring the mountains and nearby Cefalu'.

Casteldaccia

In the Palermo province near the city but away from the traffic and bustle, Casteldaccia is near the beautiful cape known as Capo Zafferano.

Castelluzzo

One of Sicily's most beautiful seaside spots is the bay where little Casteluzzo lies.

Cava d'Aliga

On the Sicilian coast, you'll find golden sand beaches interspersed with reefs at CAva d'Aliga.

Marina di Ragusa

Located on the southern Sicilian coast and linked to its beautiful older city of Ragusa inland, the Marina di Ragusa is a hip beach resort.

Marzamemi

Marzamemi has an exotic flair to it.

Milazzo

Milazzo is a city on Sicily's northeast coast, in the province of Messina.

Montemaggiore Belsito

Sitting in the hills, Montemaggiore has a beautiful setting among mountains and rivers, as its name implies.

Nicolosi

The town of Nicolosi is at the base of Mount Etna and is the gateway for excursions to the famous volcano.

Pachino

At the southern end of Sicily, the Pachino promontory is washed by both the Ionian and Mediterranean Seas.

Portopalo di Capo Passero

At the southernmost point in Sicily, Portopalo di Capo Passero is a pleasant old fishing village.

Pozzallo

Pozzallo sits on the southern tip of Sicily on the Mediterranean side of the island.

Punta Secca

An enchanting spot near Ragusa, Sicily, Punta Secca offers lovely landscapes and clear seas.

Riposto

This saavy seafront town sits on the Ionian coast in the shadow of Mt.

San Leone

San Leone is best known as the beach destination of Agrigento.

San Vito Lo Capo

Built on a cape on Sicily's north coast, San Vito Lo Capo is a renowned summer destination.

Santa Croce Camerina

A lovely town located near the sea, Santa Croce Camerina offers a nice atmosphere amidst flowering fields.

Santa Maria del Focallo

This tiny town is officially part of the city of Ispica, but is set apart on a long stretch of seacoast.

Sciacca

The North African-influenced town of Sciacca lies north of the spectacular Greek ruins of Agrigento.

Scicli

This beautiful Baroque town sits in a gorge in southern Sicily just a few miles from the Mediterranean Sea.

Scoglitti

A still active fishing village combines with beach resort in a charming combination on Sicily's south coast.

Torre Archirafi

This picturesque fishing village lies on the Ionian coast near Giarre.

Trecastagni

Sitting in the hills on the lower slope of Mt.

Viagrande

At the base of Mt.

Vittoria

Lying in the hills of southern Sicily, minutes to the beaches but in its own world surrounded by vineyards, Vittoria offers city amenities and small town hospitality.

Zafferana Etnea

At about 500 meters above sea level, Zafferana Etnea provides a cooler climate during the oppressive heat of summer.

Mazzeo

One of the longer beaches of Taormina stretches along the Bay of Mazzeo.

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