When travelling the world, there are far too many destinations to consider. Many of these we don’t even realise exist! Sicily is a destination which is often overlooked by the Italian mainland, but this is a huge mistake; Sicily has more to see and do than you might realise, including being the home of Mount Etna.
So, what do you need to know about discovering Sicily?
Where is Sicily, And When to Visit?
Sicily is an island at the southern tip of the Italian mainland, and it is only separated by the Straits of Messina. Visiting Sicily during the summer months will show you some seriously hot temperatures, but even the winter months are mild, to say the least. Those who want to avoid extreme heat should think about visiting during May and June, and September and October, when temperatures are warm but not overwhelming.
How to Get There
Sicily is very easy to get to, and there are countless flights heading into Catania Airport during the summer moths especially. You can reach Sicily from the mainland via ferry also.
Getting around is also very easy, with a good public transport network. The huge city of Palermo is very well connected to the rest of the island, and you can also find excursion tours, which will show you the main sights without any stress or hassle.
Things to See And Do
Sicily can be as busy or as laid back as you want it to be. There are many natural sights to visit, and trekking is a very popular pastime. You can head into the Nebrodi Mountains, the Madoni Mountains, or of course, you can trek up Mount Etna, the island’s most famous inhabitant. This is an active volcano which stands at a huge 3323 metres high. Visiting Etna isn’t dangerous provided you heed warnings from professionals – an eruption is likely to be very well predicted, and at this time you will notice that visiting is banned or very restricted.
Palermo is the main city on the island and here you will find a bustling nature, shopping, and lots of nightlife. Catania is also a big city and also has lot of entertainment options on offer, and is most famous for being the city closest to Etna, which in itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In addition, you can visit Agrigento, which is home to the Valley of The Temples, or head to Gela, which is an old Greek city on the coastline. Of course, Marsala is home to that famous wine, so you can try a few glasses of that whilst you’re visiting!
Overall, Sicily has lots of history and it is a very multicultural island. You can also head over to the Aeolian Islands, which are stunningly beautiful and volcanic in nature, giving you some amazing photos to remember your time by. Sicily is an island which is waiting to be discovered!so