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Sicily, Italy

Sicily

An Italian island with an exotic feel

The Mediterranean island of Sicily has somewhat of an exotic flare. It is Italy’s largest island and is located between mainland Italy and Tunisia. Here you will find breathtaking scenery, historical sights and beautiful beaches.

As well as being a great choice for a relaxing beach holiday, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities too. Visit some of the traditional towns like Taormina where you will find amazing views and a bustling centre full of antique shops, chic boutiques, museums and lovely restaurants. Taormina lies in the north-east of the island and has a Medieval old quarter, an ancient Greek amphitheatre and plenty of charming cafes where you can stop for an Italian coffee and watch the world go by. The town is located on a hilltop so you’re treated to the most amazing views. However, it’s easy to get down to the coast thanks to the cable car.

The town of Vulcano is set on its own island just off the shore of Sicily. It has a rugged landscape and an untamed coastline created by the island’s volcanos. Fossa di Vulcano dates back to ancient Roman times and there are an abundance of medieval ruins and buildings to see. The beaches along the coast are black and sandy – it’s a fascinating natural landscape.

Of course, Sicily is home to the iconic Mount Etna and, in our opinion, no trip to Sicily is complete without seeing this breathtaking sight. Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano which you can best see by taking one of the well-organised tours available. An experienced guide can take you to visit old craters, lava caves and point out the new and old lava flows.

Food and wine buffs love it here as Sicily boasts an abundance of fabulous fresh seafood such as red shrimp, tuna and swordfish which local eateries cook to perfection. The freshly made pasta heady with herbs and garlic is simple but delicious, especially when accompanied by a crisp white or full bodied red wine.

Designer Travel have an experienced team of travel experts who can tell you more about this wonderful destination and whether it’s going to be right choice for you. Perhaps you are keen to take a hiking or touring holiday, or maybe a beachfront position is important to you or you want to know if there are family-sized villas available with a private pool… whatever it is you’re looking for, we can help. As Designer Travel are independent, we can search for the best flights and accommodation choices that are out there to create your ideal luxury holiday to Sicily. We are ABTA bonded and offer an after-sales service so you can rest assured that you will be well looked after from start to finish. If you’d like to take the stress out of searching for your dream holiday, simply fill in the enquiry form or give us a call – we’d be delighted to help.

Key Highlights
  • Sicily and Italy are popular locations for a luxury holiday for couples
  • A visit to Mount Etna is an absolute must
  • Take a Palermo street food walking tour to try out the local delicacies
  • Taormina has ancient sites, a bustling cafe culture and it’s easy to get down to the coast
  • Try a warm mud bath by the sea in Vulcano
  • We would recommend hiring a car to see the best of the island
  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch beside the beach – perhaps some fresh grilled seafood and your favourite drink
  • Take a tour of “The Godfather” sites where parts of the classic movie were filmed
  • Consider booking a hiking tour, a wine tour or perhaps you’d like to take some cookery classes…we can help with arranging that for you
  • If you would like to stay in Vulcano, consider the excellent Therasia Resort Sea & Spa
  • Twin centre holidays can be arranged – please ask for further details

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +2 hours

Currency: Euro

Climate Information

June to September are the hottest months with average temperatures between 19 and 22°C.

During the winter months, from December to March, average temperatures can fall to a low of 5°C.

The wettest month is December when rainfall averages 79 mm.

June and July are the driest.

Leisure & Activities

Palermo
The capital city of Sicily, Palermo, is well worth a visit. It has much to offer including the magnificent 12th. century mosaics in the church of La Martorana. There are also beautiful art galleries and no less than three open air markets where you can pick up a bargain or two.

Mount Etna
Although Mount Etna is still very much an “active” volcano, you can still take excursions to the site, although there are times when it is too dangerous. There are various types of excursion available including by helicopter, trekking and by snowcat.

San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Papo (Saint Vitus Cape) is said to be Sicily’s most stunning beach. It is situated on the north western coast of the island, in a sheltered bay dominated by Mount Monaco. Apart from the beach, there are plenty of small restaurants serving delicious Italian cuisine as well as café’s offering mouth watering sandwiches and light snacks.

Hotels in Sicily