An island you can’t forget and so easy to fall in love with. Here is a top 9 things to see in Sicily in our Sicily travel guide. Places not to be missed to visit at least once in your life. Are you ready to plan your trip to Sicily?
1. Visit Sicily’s capital: Palermo
Today’s Sicilian capital, it was once the pride of the Norman Empire. Among the thousands of attractions that the city offers, the most important are the Palatine Chapel from the12th century, located inside the Norman Palace, and the legendary market of Ballarò, a place where you can breathe the Sicilian essence and that closely resembles the atmosphere of the Arab souks.
4. Visit Agrigento
Although its seaside and its historic center are fabulous, in Agrigento the most breathtaking place to see is definitely the Valley of the Temples. The evidence of the ancient Greeks’ presence in Sicily can be admired in this famous archaeological site which importance is widely recognised throughout the world. The Doric site shines at sunset: the temple of Concord, that of Juno, that of Hercules, that of the Dioscuri and the temple of Zeus Olympius are the five giants that dominate the valley, not by chance proclaimed a world heritage site by UNESCO.
3. Gastronomic Tour of Catania Street Food
Enjoy this walking tour with a local guide through the historic markets and town squares in the centre of Catania (East side of the island), known as the best street food in the city. Among the countless excellences of Sicilian gastronomy, three are those not to be missed: Arancino, Brioche with ice cream and Nero d’Avola.
4. Rafting in the Alcantara River
Among the things to do in Sicily, you can try Rafting in the Alcantara River, near Taormina (East side of the island). It is for all the lovers of adventurous experiences, by discovering the unspoilt natural canyon where the river flows. Once you reach the Alcantara Gorges, you will wear the necessary equipment ( underwater equipment, helmet and jacket) and you will start to descend along the route that winds for about 2.5 km and you will even see walls of volcanic origin. Between passages in both water and land you can also swim in some stretches of the river to let yourself be carried away by the flow of the river.
5. See Etna Volcano
They say this active volcano is visible from the Moon! Since, for obvious reasons, not everyone will ever be able to see if this is true, the easiest solution is to look at the crater from the spectacular funicular. Close to Catania, in the East side of he island.
6. SAILING ALONG THE CYCLOPS RIVIERA
Delight yourself in a mini cruise along the Riviera dei Ciclopi, Catania. Starting from the port of Catania you will see volcanic rocks, Arabic lookouts and the cliff of Aci Trezza together with the castle of Aci Castello. Along the way you can program a stop at the Cave of Ulysses, for a swim and maybe a bit of snorkeling. All of this with the volcano Etna always in the background.
When you arrive for the first time in Taormina, it seems to be living a dream. Perched on the Ionian Sea, it offers an incredible view of the coast, high and rocky. The historic center of this medieval city is full of surprises: the Cathedral, the church of St. Catherine, the Odeon and especially a Greek Theater overlooking Mount Etna, which from June to August hosts the Taormina Arts Festival.
8. Visit Noto, the “Capital of baroque”
With Ragusa, Scicli and Modica, Noto is one of the most beautiful Baroque cities in Sicily, with over twenty churches and ten palaces. The city was in fact declared the “Capital of Baroque” and its historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002. Most of these buildings are in Corso Vittorio Emanuele III. Among the most impressive is the Palazzo Villadorata.
9. Sicilian wineries
Discover Sicilian wineries and taste the tasty local red, white and rosé wines passing through colourful villages, orchards and lava stone churches in the charming region of Etna. Taste the volcanic wines in the family-run cellars and taste the local gastronomic delicacies, from cheeses to salami.