Sicily at a glance
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a captivating blend of ancient architecture, beautiful, hidden away beaches and a bustling capital full of charisma and authentic charm. Situated at the southernmost part of Italy, this popular city break destination offers an impressive mix of stunning scenery and historic sights.
At one time Sicily was home to a number of Phoenician and Greek colonies and was later ruled by a succeeding line of nations including the Arab, Norman and Spanish empires. Today the island is home to many important archaeological and ancient sites such as the Necropolis of Pantalica and the Valley of the Temples, considered one of the best preserved collections of Greek temples in the world.
Sicily is made up of many distinct regions, each with their own unique historic treasures and stunning natural landscape. The popular resort of Taormina, with its ancient theatre ruins and hilltop location, offers beautiful vistas, while Capo d”Orlando and Marina di Ragusa are known for their scenic beaches.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Historic attractions
- Stunning architecture
- Beachfront attractions
There are a number of good bus and train options for getting around Sicily. There are also regular ferries and hydrofoils that can transport visitors to neighbouring islands.
Dining in Sicily
Fresh seafood makes up a big part of Sicilian cuisine along with exotic spices lent in part from the island’s Arabic and Spanish heritage. Sicilians are big on sweets, with a wide range of pastries, cakes and fruit based specialties to choose from.
Must-try local dishes
- Pasta alla Norma – pasta served with a special sauce made of tomatoes and fried eggplant with ricotta cheese
- Arancini – fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs and often filled with cheese or meat
- Cannoli – a tube shaped pastry that is stuffed with a sweet, creamy filling often made from ricotta cheese
Shopping in Sicily
Shopping is pleasant in Sicily, the town centres offer designer boutiques, however it is the characterful markets that are most memorable for intriguing gifts and bargains. Sicily is not industrial in the slightest, and with this in mind there a lot of technical shops such as tailors, furniture makers, hatters and candle makers on the island, this is good news for visitors who seek anything which is one of a kind.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Sicily designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Sicily hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 5,043,480 Languages Italian Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Interesting facts
Treat yourself with the amazing Italian Cannoli, a Sicilian speciality made of crispy dough and a creamy ricotta cheese filling.
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Catania-Fontanarossa 4 km
- Railway stations