What is there to see in Sicily? Absolutely everything!
Sicily is a wonderful island where history, culture, flavors, smells and colors give life to a magical land.
I used to go to Sicily every year, but for some reason we haven’t been since Flavio was born. This year, however, we have decided to go back to the splendid island of contradictions and now, years later, I ask myself: “what is there to see in Sicily”? Our goal was a tour that reaches multiple locations.
Here are the most beautiful places we have seen over 10 days:
Ortigia is the oldest part of the city of Syracuse and one of my favorite destinations when I am in Sicily.
It is characterized by a thousand alleys, rooms with outdoor tables and the sea; an amazing crystalline sea.
Most of the Baroque monuments you can visit in Syracuse are concentrated on this small part of the island.
The only bad thing about the island is that is not family friendly. Unless your child likes museums or basilicas, in Ortigia there is nothing that can entertain children, apart from the sea of course. If you visit Ortigia in the evening I suggest you go and eat near the fish market. You will find many small restaurants with tables in the streets,where you can enjoy excellent fish and excellent Sicilian wine. If you are looking for a hotel, we stayed at the Ortigia Royal Suite.
This village should definitely not be missed from the list of places to visit in Sicily. It is a characteristic colorful fishing village full of bars and shops, and is only a 40 minute drive from Syracuse. It is a real hidden gem, in every sense, due because unlike other reasonably priced parts of the island, this place is far more expensive. This can happen in all particularly beautiful places, as restaurant owners and shops take advantage of the high tourism.
The good thing is that children can freely play in the street as it is a pedestrian zone and you can enjoy an entrée at sunset. I advise you to go a little before sunset time, otherwise it will be difficult to find a seat. There are plenty of shops, but there are also lots of people who want to enjoy the beauty of this enchanted place.
Lungomare dei ciclopi
If you are in Catania and you want to know what to visit in Sicily, you must go to Aci Castello and Aci Trezza.
This area is called the Ciclopi lungomare and, if you love rocks, it’s a real paradise. You will find facilities equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds on stilts that face directly onto the sea. You can rent a motorboat, take a scenic boat trip or rent a pedal boat.
There are only three tricks to remember: don’t forget your rock-climbing shoes, don’t go any later than 11 o’clock otherwise you won’t find parking and above all, bring cash with you, because very often the ATM is out of order and if you want to rent a boat, you’ll struggle to find an ATM (we had to give up eventually).
How can we not mention the pearl of Sicily? Less than 30 minutes from Catania, Taormina is one of the bestknown areas of this wonderful island.
Here you will find the most beautiful hotels like the NH Collection Taormina. You can visit the beautiful Ancient Theater of Taormina or the famous Isola Bella, now a nature reserve.
Around 40 minutes by car from Palermo, this village is a must to visit. Its name comes from the fact that the roughness of the road forced the horses to pull the boats used in the tuna traps.
Today this town hosts many typical restaurants where you can enjoy delicious and very fresh fish. We ate atAngelo and Serafino and had fantastic tonnarelli mussels and clams, mussel soup and salmon tartare.
I recommend you make a reservation or go a little earlier, as you will probably find an endless queue, meanwhile other restaurant nearby will have tables available.
The view of the sunset here is a dream, the sky is colored with shades of pink and you can take breathtaking photos. If you are looking for a hotel in Palermo we stayed at NH Palermo, a paradise oasis in the heart of the city.
I love Catania! Here is my declaration of love. This city is a continuous surprise and can be an excellent base for visiting wonderful places like the Ciclopi Waterfront or Mount Etna.
It is a lively city, full of local restaurants and shops.
You will find some gastronomic jewels in the most unexpected of places, but if you want to experience it to the full, you have to take a walk in via Crispi at sunset.
The street is filled with lights, tables and chairs. Wherever you look, you see people sitting eating or having a delicious entrée.
All around you will find bars full of enticing food, even more inviting than the restaurants as they look like delicatessens. Every corner is an invitation to sit down, the only disadvantage is the heat, but we mustn’t forget that we are in Sicily. Sicily is a wonderful island, and of course there are many more than 6 places to visit. Every city, every country and every village will remain in our hearts.
These are the places close to my heart, but I am curious to know yours! If you wish, please let me know in the comments.
Have a good trip!