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Sicily: Land of History and Relax

Sicily, the largest island in Italy, is much more than a relaxing destination. Heir to an exceptional historical heritage, the island is a land of culture that will undoubtedly fascinate you. The beauty of its natural landscapes is also an enchantment to explore. Discover Sicily last-minute with our guide!

Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of Cultures

With its exceptional location in the heart of the Mediterranean basin, Sicily has always shown great cultural dynamism, taking advantage of its various cultural influences. A visit to the capital Palermo will reveal the diversity of style that has shaped the island’s cultural landscape. Among the main witnesses of their time, the Norman Palace, the cathedral, and the Massimo Vittorio Emanuele Theatre are not to be missed. Sicily also has ancient sites in an excellent state of conservation, including the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento and the ancient Roman city of Casale.

Discover Sicily’s Dreamy Landscapes

Benefiting from the Mediterranean sunshine, Sicily also has some of the most beautiful landscapes in southern Italy. To the east of the island, overlooking the city of CataniaEtna is a still active volcano that can be climbed. Among the best observation sites to admire the majestic volcano, the ancient theatre of Taormina is a must. For hiking enthusiasts, the deep Alcantara gorges are not to be missed. Off Sicily, the Aeolian Islands are famous for the beauty of the volcanoes that are found there, including the Stromboli, which is still active. The charming villages that cling to the slopes of these islands with their rugged landscapes are also worth visiting.

The Perfect Last-Minute Holiday

With its monuments, culture, and beautiful natural landscapes, Sicily is an ideal destination for an exotic stay. Very sunny for most of the year and with beautiful fine sandy beaches, Sicily is also a perfect island for relaxing holidays. We have selected for you magnificent high-end hotels at exclusive prices located close to the sea. Available during our private sales, these prestigious establishments will provide you with absolute comfort in addition to the many aquatic and land-based activities.

Top 5 Must-See Places in Sicily

The Island of Ortygie

Ortygia is the historic heart of Syracuse, connected to the city by the Umbertino bridge. The famous Duomo located on the Cathedral Square was built in the 17th century on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Its Doric columns are still visible both inside and outside the building.

The Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples, located in Agrigento, was founded in the 6th century BC. Dozens of Greek temples, almost intact, cover an area of 1,300 hectares. You can visit the Temple of the Dioscuri, the Temple of Zeus, and the Temple of Concord, whose splendor is often compared to the Parthenon of Athens.

Etna

Etna is the epitome of Sicilian beauty. Rising to 3,350 meters, this active volcano is undoubtedly the most majestic in Europe. You can climb it on foot, by cable car or in an all-terrain vehicle. Breathtaking panoramic landscapes over Catania and the sea await you, as well as the discovery of three craters emitting fumaroles.

Rabbit Beach

The “Rabbit Beach” is for some, the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean… Located in Lampedusa, it represents the dream for any traveler seeking harmony with the sea. In this terrestrial Eden, you can rest by taking advantage of ist small coves surrounded by white cliffs or dive into the light of ist seabed, to meet the loggerhead turtles.

The Palatine Chapel 

In Palermo, the Palace of the Normans houses the most beautiful church in Sicily: the Palatine Chapel. This architectural masterpiece embodies the Arab and Norman cultures that have strongly influenced the island’s history. You can admire magnificent Byzantine mosaics representing biblical scenes or a Persian style wooden ceiling composed of starry polygons.

Where to Stay: Between Land and Sea

The magic of a last-minute trip to Sicily will be fully restored to you thanks to the wide choice of top-of-the-range rental villas at your disposal. Located in the many natural sites framed between mountains and sea, several establishments enjoy a “beautiful beach” in addition to excellent service, the essential ingredients of an ideal relaxing getaway. 

Victoria Brewood
vbrewood@gmail.com

Although very much British, Victoria always felt like she was meant to be living the 'American Dream'. She loves the US and has travelled to over 14 states.

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