Posts Tagged“Sicily holidays”

Taormina town with Mount Etna on background

If you’re looking for variety, you’ll certainly find it on the east coast of Sicily. Between the drama of Mount Etna and astonishing ancient sights in Syracuse, there are palaces and craggy peaks, powder-soft sands and translucent water to enjoy. Read on to find out more about some of our favourite places and things to do on the east coast. Taormina – Casa dei Sogni Generally regarded as the jewel in Sicily’s crown, Taormina is undeniably chic. Head for the main Corso Umberto to see and be seen, ending up in the Piazza IX April for some of the most…

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In this post, we take a look at the north coast of Sicily, with its UNESCO world heritage sights, beaches and hideaway mountain villages. Head away from the busier seaside resorts into the hinterland to explore a more authentic side of the island or hop across on a boat to the splendid Aeolian Islands for memorable views of one of Italy’s three active volcanos. These are some of our favourite things to do on holiday in northern Sicily. UNESCO world heritage sights The north of Sicily is home to the most recent addition to the island’s collection of UNESCO sites…

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Are you the sort of person that gets restless after a few days of doing nothing on holiday? If so, you may want to look at the September issue of Prima magazine which is packed with good ideas on combining a holiday with learning a new skill. Amongst the holidays featured – from meditation and gin-making to bee-keeping and sketching – is the option of learning Italian on a Wish Sicily holiday. The add-on lessons are designed for guests who prefer not to attend a language school but who want to learn some basic Italian, or brush up on existing…

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Hello! magazine, the go-to magazine for the latest celebrity and royal news, is currently turning its thoughts to Europe’s best family holiday destinations. And we’re delighted to see Sicily – and specifically Wish Sicily – on the list! The magazine flags up the fact that although best-known for its sun-drenched beaches, more active families may want to take advantage of the growing number of outdoor activities such as river trekking and body rafting. For anyone visiting Sicily for the first time, and staying on the island’s eastern side, a jeep tour on Mount Etna is a great way for families…

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Anyone who has holidayed in Italy in mid-August will know that 15 August is Ferragosto, the national Bank Holiday which sees most of the country shutting up shop and heading for the beach. Essentially marking Assumption Day, the national holiday is a religious one, but it also marks the beginning of Italy’s holiday period. Ferragosto celebrations take place across the country, ranging from local village-based events to huge crowd-pulling occasions such as Siena’s Palio. In Sicily, most activities are focused around the beach, with some towns and villages also organising festivals, processions and fireworks. Not surprisingly, the celebrations spill out…

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Walking is a great way to explore Sicily’s countryside, and while there are some challenging hikes to choose from, you don’t need to be a fanatical hiker for the best experience. Take a short stroll in early summer when hillsides and nature reserves are sprinkled with the last remnants of spring flowers; or an autumn amble through flame-coloured landscapes. The two latest additions to our portfolio – Villa Rebecca and Casa Maoma – which are both near to two of Sicily’s most striking natural sites, got us thinking about our favourite walks in Sicily. Necropoli di Pantalica A walk through…

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How much do you know about Sicily? The Mafia, beaches and great food immediately spring to mind but delve further and you may be surprised by what you find.  In fact, holiday just once in Italy’s southernmost region and you may find yourself curiously addicted. Read on for some insider tips on some of the best things to see and do in Sicily. Visit some of the Med’s top archaeological sites Sicily was the star of Magna Graecia and rivals Greece for ancient Greek architecture.  At the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, the remains of the Doric temples are…

The Times Wish Sicily

Italy is one of the top destinations for Times’ readers – no prizes for guessing why! With fabulous beaches and natural landscapes, great food and wine and enough cultural attractions to last a lifetime, a holiday in Italy does seem to tick an awful lot of our boxes. Which makes the compilation of a list of top 50 holidays to Italy quite a challenge! This year’s article included everything from hiking and gastronomic holidays to cycling, sailing and prosecco weekends. For anyone who fancies the idea of being able to chat with the locals, the Times picked up on our…

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If you have always assumed that the best time to visit Sicily is in the summer, think again. Take a holiday in Sicily in September or October and you can enjoy the double delights of the last of the summer sun and delicious food found in Sicily in Autumn. If you holiday in Sicily in November and December, there are crowd-free museums, churches and archaeological sites and some spectacular Christmas nativity scenes. A trip to Sicily in winter may be all you need to get into the festive spirit. Autumn in Sicily With a longer warm-weather season than northern and…

the beach on your doorstep at Villa Marea

Packed with fascinating cultural attractions and fringed by gorgeous beaches with crystal clear water, Sicily stands out as one of the jewels of the Mediterranean. With sunshine and warm temperatures from April to October and some of the best food and wine in the whole of Italy, a holiday to Sicily Italy remains one of life’s great treats. Like any holiday, however, it is worth investing a bit of planning time if you want to be sure of getting the best of the island. Where are the airports in Sicily? Flights to Palermo in the west or Catania in the…