5 things to do and see in Sicily

Sicily is a popular travel destination, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Due to its location, Sicily has an enjoyable climate for most of the year. As the largest islands of the Mediterranean, it has become one of the main tourist destinations of Italy.

Below we have compiled a list of the top 5 attractions on this island. Have a look and start planning your next holiday today.

Etna

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How does climbing the largest active volcano in Europe sound? In Ancient times, the Greeks thought that Mount Etna was home to the Cyclops. Although no one-eyed monsters have reared its head, it has become a major tourist attraction.

Taormina

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Although small, Taormina is one of the most visited cities of Italy. Ideally perched on a rocky area above the sea, Taormina owes its fame to the presence of important monuments such as a Greek Theatre where many cultural shows and activities are still organized today.

The panorama is, as you can imagine, simply spectacular, with Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos below.

La Villa Romana del Casale

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Built in the 4th century, Villa Romana del Casale contains some of the most complex mosaics of the Roman Empire. One of the 51 UNESCO-listed Italian sites, the villa was abandoned after the 12th century before being returned to its former glory in the 19th century when the mosaics were discovered.

One of the most famous pieces is that of girls in bikini, discovered in 1959 and which represents women doing sports. Guided tours are organized daily.

Syracuse

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It is impossible to visit Sicily without going through Syracuse. This city has an incredible number of archaeological sites and some superb architectural buildings.

The archaeological site located to the northwest of the city houses an impressive number of surprisingly well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins. The main attraction is probably the Greek theatre which dates back to the 5th century BC.

There is also the famous Orecchio di Dionisio, an artificial cave that owes its name to the painter Caravaggio. The historical centre of Syracuse, located on the island of Ortygia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Palermo

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The capital of Sicily is full of artistic treasures that make it unique and special. Nestled between Monte Gallo and Monte Pellegrino, Mondello is the main beach of the city and, although often crowded, it offers magnificent walks by the sea. On the city side, you must enter the Cappella Palatina to admire its Mosaics and carved ceilings.

Don’t forget to take a tour in one of the historical markets of the city: Borgo Vecchio, Vucciria or even Ballarò.

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