Sicily is the kind of destination that people go back to year after year. While it isn’t the biggest island on earth, there is always something to be found each time you visit.
Ok, so there is a lot to see in Sicily – where do you start? It is a good idea to have a vague idea of what you want to see before you begin your tour of Sicily. Otherwise you might end up wasting valuable hours wandering around aimlessly. To create the perfect itinerary I suggest mixing some of the island’s tourism staples with a few hidden gems. This allows you to see the very best of what the island has to offer.
Need some inspiration for your vacation? Here are some must-visits and hidden gems without which no tour of Sicily would be complete.
The largest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna looms up from the island, casting shadows on the landscape. Despite the ever-present threat of an eruption, very few people are deterred from attempting to scale the volcano. And with good reason! Those that make it to the summit are rewarded with spectacular views and a sense of accomplishment. Make sure you take warm clothes as the peak is dusted with snow year-round.
If you are looking for architectural beauty, this hidden gem has it in abundance. Modica is divided into three sections, the Medieval section; the 19th – 20th century section; and the modern section. Each has its own distinct vibe and all are outstanding to behold. Once you’ve exhausted Modica’s buildings, treat yourself to some chocolate. This town is famous for chocolate treats so it would be rude not to try them!
That’s quite a mouthful right? Fortunately, this natural reserve is much more manageable than its name. The reserve stretches along 7km of coastline and is ideal for connecting with nature on your tour of Sicily. Check out the hidden beaches, flanked by craggy rocks that are home to various species of birds.
This is an absolute must-see while you are in Sicily. Perched atop a cliff, overlooking the sea, the theatre sits pride of place on the island. The theatre is of Greco-Roman origin and is still used for performances today. Visitors can get a cable car to the theatre or wander around at their leisure. You might want to read up on the history of the theatre before you visit to better understand what you’re seeing.
If you want to get away from the main island for a bit and explore the smaller islands, head to Ustica. This tiny land mass boasts gorgeous bays and mysterious caves, all ready to be enjoyed by you. Ustica is a haven for divers and snorkelers thanks to its warm, crystal clear water. Those who would rather keep their feet on dry land have plenty of hiking options at their disposal.