“I love Italy, it’s the friendliness, it’s the pizza, the pasta, the olive oil, the wine”
– Amanda Holden, Amanda & Alan’s Italian Job on BBC
As the sun sets on another Sicilian day, Alan whisks Amanda to the mountain top town of Erice, allegedly home to the most breath-taking views of the whole west coast of Sicily. This medieval town has 60 churches, 2 castles and is the perfect place to get lost among the ancient, cobbled streets as you explore the area.
For Alan’s birthday, the pair head to the post-card perfect port of Castellammare del Golfo, renowned for its seafront castle. They enjoyed a private boat trip, with a picnic and dip in the opulent waters. The voyage took them along the Zingaro coastline, a protected nature reserve stretching 7km.
The series also shows Alan go shopping in the nearby town of Alcamo. This large town has an impressive castle with a wine museum and interesting churches to marvel at.
For some creativity and horse riding, the pair head 15 miles south to Selinunte. Famous for its ancient Greek city and rich legacy, Selinunte is worth spending some time wandering around and uncovering its history. Amanda and Alan ride past the Temple of Hera, the goddess of women. This is the biggest archaeological site in Europe.
Alan heads south to Sciacca, the Sicily’s ceramic capital, where stoneware making traditions date back to 200BC. Sciacca is off the beaten track and offers untouched authenticity to visitors. This town is steeped in history and has some interesting sights such as a medieval castle and walled old town with baroque style buildings and a quaint fishing port.
In episode two, the renovation is well underway and the team head to artistic Menfi for a Sicilian sundowner as they marvel at Sicily’s greenery.
Explore some of the island's other breath-taking regions.