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ancient sites in Sicily

In classical times, Sicily was the star of Magna Graecia and even if visiting age-old ruins and Greek temples are not usually your top priority on holiday, it would be hard not to be impressed – if not completely overwhelmed – by the huge number of ancient sites in Sicily. While the island was shaped by numerous nations, it is the Greek influence that is perhaps most dominant and even today Sicily still boasts remains of ancient Greek architecture that rival some of the sights in Greece. The Valley of the Temples, Agrigento The Valley of the Temples, Sicily is…

sicily-syracuse-holiday

Syracuse is an extraordinary city by any standards, steeped in history and with a seemingly endless supply of sightseeing opportunities. It is one of Italy’s oldest cities and certainly amongst its most atmospheric, one of its main attractions being the web of alleyways on the island peninsula of Ortigia. The city’s vast archaeological park, with its Greek and Roman theatres, remain a top draw but if you are short of time and just want to grab a flavour of the city, these are some of our favourite things to do in Syracuse. What to see in Syracuse Sicily? Enjoy stunning…

Catania Fish Market

Strolling leisurely through food street markets and rummaging amongst piles of antiques is one of the great pleasures of being on holiday, and particularly when you are abroad. Buying food or other items is almost incidental – the thrill is often in the aromas, sounds and sights that attack you from all directions.  Messina, Trapani and most of Sicily’s main towns and cities have their own markets but none are on the scale of the fish markets and food markets those found in Palermo and Catania. Flea market in Palermo Sicily The city’s markets – Il Capo, Ballarò and Vucciria…

visit-modica

Sicily’s south east corner is a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture and each of the region’s striking towns has its own specific charm. We have focused here on Modica Sicily, which has its own unique attractions but is also perfectly situated if you want to get out and about in the Noto Valley. Slightly confusingly for the first-time visitor, the town is split into two, Modica Alta which is the historic older part and Modica Bassa, the lower more modern part of town. However, it only takes ten minutes or so to walk from one to the other.…

visit-palermo

Recently named Italian Capital of Culture for 2018, there are now more even more reasons to visit Palermo, Sicily’s fascinating capital. Book a flight to Palermo and stay in a luxury villa or holiday home and combine sightseeing and city strolling with beach life Sicilian style. Unravel Sicily’s History Few places to visit in Palermo can claim a historical legacy as diverse as Sicily’s and this is evident on almost every street corner in the city. With a history of invading forces from the Carthaginians, the Greeks, Romans, Normans, French and Spanish, amongst others, the city’s cultural sights incorporate everything…

villas-in-palermo-wishsicily

Sicily’s northern coastline features fabulous sandy beaches for holidaymakers who just want to chill in the sun but ancient ruins, mountainous interiors and UNESCO world heritage sites ensure that there is also plenty to keep you occupied. UNESCO world heritage treasures If you choose to holiday near Palermo or Cefalù, you will be in prime position for visiting the most recent addition to Sicily’s collection of UNESCO world heritage sites. The seven civil and religious buildings in Palermo, and the cathedrals in Cefalù and Monreale, together make up the ‘Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale’ UNESCO…

Scopello in western Sicily

We defy anyone not to fall in love with south east Sicily – and particularly Syracuse and the baroque towns of the Val di Noto – but those who venture to the western side of the island will encounter a very different atmosphere, spectacular scenery and several wonderful historic towns. These are just a few of our favourite places in western Sicily.   Classical temples The well-preserved classical temples of western Sicily are constant reminders of just one of the island’s ancient invaders. The impressive temples and ruins at Segesta, Selinunte and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento provide…

autumn-in-sicily-villas

The summer sunshine continues right through September here but the heat is less fierce and the climate ideal for venturing inland to explore the island’s nature reserves and spectacular countryside. If you enjoy being active, why not combine a week in the sun with a selection of walking tours and hiking excursions at different spots on the island? For foodies, this is the season for hazelnuts, pistachios and almonds and harvest time for the olive groves and vineyards. October sees the start of the wild mushroom season, and of roast chestnuts and prickly pears. Take a look at our favourite…

sicily-villas

If you haven’t booked to get away this summer yet, we’ve tried to make life easy by picking a selection of top villas for autumn getaways. September and early October are great months to holiday in Sicily: you can still expect temperatures in the low to mid-20’s, up to ten hours of sunshine a day and quiet beaches and tourist attractions as Italians return to work. Of course if September seems too long to wait for warm sunshine, there is always the option of a quick getaway. Take a look at our collection of villas offering last-minute deals and promotions.…

For Cinema and TV Show Buffs: Here are Some Guided Tours of Sicily that Follow the Steps of your Favourite Protagonists Here are some great ideas for an original Sicilian vacation that will take you to the set of major popular hits like The Godfather trilogy and the Inspector Montalbano TV series. Many tourists (especially British visitors) have become enamoured with these guided tours because they offer a diversion from the usual touristy activities, and especially because tv shows and famous movies about the mafia have become a trendy aspect of popular culture over the decades- just think of Michael…