Citalia's guide to Sicily

As one of Italy's most diverse islands, Sicily is the perfect trip away. From the historic cities to the inviting crystal-clear waters, there is plenty of choice to make the most out of your holiday. To help you get started, below is a guide to our favourite things in Sicily...

Where should I go in Sicily?


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The towns...

One of Italy's most beautiful towns, Taormina, is set on the hilltop and offers picturesque coastline and captivating views. Lemon trees brighten the cobbled streets and it's easy to lose yourself in the inviting passages and gardens such as Villa Comunale. Another must-see town is Castelbuono. Its frescoed church winds up a hillside to a grand 14th-century castle. Charming restaurants and cafes dot the town, so be sure to try the traditional cuisine on your visit.

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The sea...

Crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches are abundant in Sicily, and the seaside town of Cefalù will not disappoint. Whether you're looking to explore its rich culture and heritage or simply settle for long sun drenched days on luxurious beaches, it has it all. Another wonderful option is Giardini Naxos, where you can take a walk along the long promenade, grab a gelato and soak up the warm Sicilian temperatures. 

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The mountains...

The diversity of Sicily is evident in its mountainous terrain. Just a 30-minute drive from Cefalù, you'll reach the Madonie Mountains. As Sicily's largest mountain range, there is so much to explore. Discover mountain villages, such as San Mauro Castelverde, and tiny hamlets including Karsa. You could even visit the highest municipality of the Madonie Mountains, Petralia Soprana. Enjoy traditional Sicilian cuisine as you admire the spectacular views.

What is there to eat in Sicily?


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You can't leave Sicily without trying the iconic arancini. Indulge in these fried rice balls that are filled with ragu, peas, mozzarella, and more. They won't be hard to track down in Sicily as they are often piled high in shop windows and are the perfect snack as you stroll along the streets.
Sicily is also very well known for their cakes, sweets and pastries. The most famous of them all has to be the well celebrated cannoli - small cones filled with creamy, flavoured ricotta and almost always enriched with pieces of chocolate. Although they are a staple of Sicilian cuisine, you will now found them in bakeries all over Italy.

Where should I stay in Sicily?


Cefalù Sea Palace
In peaceful surroundings above Sorrento and the Bay of Naples, the Grand Hotel President has some of the best views on the coast and is surrounded by attractive gardens. A highlight is the contemporary lounge bar that leads onto a lovely terrace looking out over the terracotta rooftops of Sorrento town. 
Hotel Villa Belvedere
Situated in the clifftop town of Taormina, Hotel Villa Belvedere offers some of the best views of the region. Enjoy a swim in the pool, set in the fragranced terraced garden, whilst admiring the spectacular scenery of Mount Etna and bay of Naxos. The friendly atmosphere of this family-owned hotel makes it the ideal location for those looking to relax in idyllic surroundings, as well as explore the historical town a few minutes' walk away. 

If you are ready to start planning your Sicily adventure, you can easily book online today to enjoy fantastic offers at our resorts. We look forward to bringing you the real Italy.

Call us today to speak to one of our Italy Experts for further travel advice, hotel recommendations or to begin planning your next Italian holiday.

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