Sicily is one of the most popular destinations for all those tourists who look for a perfect mix that includes; leisure, culture, good food, traditions, and beautiful weather. Therefore we have decided to talk about what are, in our opinion, six good reasons to get a trip to Sicily!
- Artistic and cultural heritage
- Natural beauties
- Mediterranean climate
- Cities of art
- Sea and beaches
Artistic and cultural heritage:
“The world has literally passed by here”
Sicily, due to its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, has always been a crossroads of many peoples who over the millennia have left countless artistic and cultural legacies.
From the archaeological sites of Greek and Roman eras to the Arab-Norman cathedrals, from the Late-Baroque of the Val di Noto to the Byzantine buildings (and so on) Sicily is, for this reason, the first Italian region for a number of world heritage sites according to Unesco.
Sicily is also an ideal destination for those who love nature and adventure. The island boasts in fact two natural heritage by Unesco such as the Aeolian Islands (with its seven islets, is a paradise for excursions and crystal clear sea lovers) and Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.
Very famous are also the many nature reserves such as the Egadi islands, Stromboli, the Zingaro reserve (near San Vito lo Capo), and Vendicari, in the Syracusan area.
Located right in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, Sicily has a pleasant and mild climate for most of the year. The coastal area’s temperatures generally settle around 25-26 degrees starting from April to the end of October, (with of course a peak of hot temperatures during July and August), making beaches the perfect place for that tourist who looks for some relaxation and taking a sunbath.
The food tradition in Sicily is of course typically Mediterranean and is counted among the most various and sophisticated in the whole Italian peninsula due to the countless influences of the past dominations that crossed the island along the centuries.
The typical products of the area are olive oil, citrus fruits, almonds, pistachios, and many more …
The typical Sicilian pastry such as; ice creams, cannoli, cassata, Modica’s chocolate, and granita as well as traditional cuisine and typical products such as couscous, arancini, ricotta, pasta with sardines, pasta alla norma, caponata, Ragusan and Modican scacce (focaccia) and many others.
Typical wines also deserve a particular mention; Nero d’Avola, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Grillo, Zibibbo, Marsala and Passito di Noto.
Cities of art:
Sicily literally teems with cities of enormous artistic value, we only mention some of the most important: Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Syracuse, Catania, Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina, and Trapani.
Sea and beaches:
Sicily with its 1,152 kilometers of coastline certainly doesn’t miss beaches! Among the most popular beaches on the island we have, for example, the Isola dei Conigli in Lampedusa, the natural reserve of Vendicari, or the beaches of San Vito lo Capo and Cefalù, the Marina di Ragusa’s promenade or the suggestive Scala dei Turchi.