Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is one of the best places to visit for natural beauty, Greek ruins, and historical Cathedrals. You can find an awesome beach house in Sicily or check into a five star resort. This Italian island has everything you need for a perfect travel destination combining the best of Italian and Greek cultures. Here are the top 5 things to do in Sicily.
1# Relax at the San Vito Lo Capo Beach
San Vito Lo Capo, located in the North West part of Sicily, is a seaside town famous for its picturesque beaches and crystal clear waters. Tourists come here to enjoy the sun, the Mediterranean Sea and to take the perfect vacation photo. Several restaurants line the beach serving local Sicilian delicacies where you can enjoy both lunch and dinner. Just be aware that this is a popular beach and so it’s best to come early in the morning to avoid the tourists.
2# Valley of the Temples
If you want to escape your villa or hotel, visit the Valley of Temples or Valle dei Templi in Italian for a day trip while you read your Sicily Travel Guide. This famous archeological site in Agrigento is a great place to see Greek art and architecture. You can buy a combined ticket for Valley of the Temples and Archaeological Museum at €13.50 per person. Opening hours are from 8.30 am to 7 pm daily. Public buses are available if you’re not driving or don’t want to spend a fortune on a taxi.
3# Visit Mount Etna
Mount Etna is a well-known active volcano in Italy. You can join a tour or take the public bus to a small town called Rifugio Sapienza at the foot of the mountain. Hike up the trails if you’re up for an adventure or drive to see the lava fields by renting a car if not. Cable cars can also take you half way up the mountain. Hiking up active volcanoes is a rare treat, so why not enjoy this unique experience in Sicily?
4# Palermo Cathedral:
This Roman Catholic Cathedral is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic building in Sicily. The 18th-century cathedral is a favorite spot for tourists to take a selfie. Check out the interior and be sure to read up on the history to appreciate the importance of Palermo Cathedral in Sicilian culture.
5# Monastero dei Benedettini
Monastero dei Benedettini is one of the largest monasteries in Europe, located in Catania about six kilometers from the Catania–Fontanarossa Airport. It’s worth a visit if you’re in this part of Sicily. The Catholic monastery complex houses the San Nicolò l’Arena church and beautiful green gardens. In the summer months, you can take some of the best photographs here in all of Sicily. Most visitors typically spend around two hours exploring the complex.
A Perfect Blend of Italian and Greek Cultures:
Sicily is a perfect destination in Italy for historical sites, beaches, and a unique combination of Italian and Greek cultures. Rather than heading to Rome or Venice with all the other tourists, come to Sicily for a more off the beaten path experience.
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Archeology buffs can also check the windmills of Mozia located on the small island nearby!