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Sicily is a treasure trove of a destination when it comes to history, natural beauty and cultural curiosities. Located off the southern tip of the boot of Italy, it is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
The island has its own dialect, Sicilian, which draws on Greek, Catalan, French, Arabic and Spanish, reflecting its fascinating history. Since the earliest inhabitants in 12,000 BC, Sicily has been occupied, invaded and settled dozens of times. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and the Spanish have all played their part in the island’s past.
Discover a slice of Sicily’s past in every building. A beautiful Greco-Roman theatre in the picturesque town of Taormina. A stout but imposing 13th century castle on the far point of Ortygia Island. The ornate 7th century Cathedral of Syracuse, which has been both a mosque and a church in its long history. The Gothic Monreale Cathedral in Palermo with its gilded Byzantine frescoes. Each building reveals a new and unique aspect of Sicily’s rich past.
As varied as the history is, so too are the landscapes open to visitors. Explore golden sandy beaches and wild coastlines punctuated by rocky outcrops. Venture from the craggy reaches of Mount Etna, whose crater dominates the eastern skyline, to more gentle hills, spreading along the western region.
One of the main draws of Sicily is its world-famous cuisine. Everything you taste on the island is flavoured with sunshine. Nowhere is this more true than in the use of citrus fruits in cooking across the region. From lemons and limes to navel and blood oranges, the fresh flavours pop up where you least expect them. All our tours to Sicily include plenty of time to dine out on the fresh flavours of the island and, if you choose to, sample some of the region’s delicious wines.
Weather & Climate
Ssummers are hot and dry and temperatures more akin to those in North Africa prevail, often reaching above 30°C.
When to go
Most Italians take their hoiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months.