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Diverse heritage, picturesque vistas at every turn, idyllic sun-drenched beaches, historical gems to uncover and an absolute must for foodies and wine lovers, Sicily is a unique treasure trove waiting to be discovered.
Although part of Italy, the island of Sicily has its own distinctive and enchanting culture and charm. It’s seductive beauty and idyllic positioning in the heart of the Mediterranean makes it the perfect destination for those who just love the lure of the sun and stunningly beautiful beaches but also want to experience culture, authentic cuisine, history and breathtaking scenic beauty. The people here are warm, friendly and welcoming and don’t take life too seriously which adds a real level of charm to the experience here. If you are looking for a unique summer getaway, that ticks all the boxes, then look no further than scintillating Sicily!
The island of Sicily itself consists of wide coastal plains dotted with secluded coves with white sandy and pebbled beaches, a stunning backdrop of picturesque valleys, high mountains and of course, the mighty Mount Etna. Every corner of the island brings something unique and beautiful that truly sets it apart.
The Mediterranean island packs quite the punch when it comes to epic architecture too. Culture vultures will be utterly captivated by the history of the island. Having at one time or another been ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish, Sicily is a melting pot of cultures, food and history that gives it a real distinctive character unlike anywhere else.
Sicilian food shows traces of all cultures that have existed on the island over the last two millennia and is just as fascinatingly diverse as it is mouthwateringly good. Foodies and wine lovers alike will be suitably impressed by the delicious offerings that are just begging to be sampled here. There is a palpable pride that the Sicilians take in their food and cooking. Visitors must try Arancini- balls of rice stuffed with a savoury filling and coated in breadcrumbs, Pasta alla Norma- a Sicilian pasta dish created originally in Catania, made with tomatoes, sauteed aubergine, grated ricotta cheese, and basil, and Cannoli- Sicilian pastries that are typically filled with ricotta. Simply delcious!
Taormina provides postcard-perfect backdrops. From the beautiful little town perched on a hilltop, offering incredible views and a wealth of restaurants, bars and boutiques, to the azzure crystal waters at the foot of the hill which can be accessed by a winding road or by cable car. Golden hued buildings are tucked behind vines and blooms that spill over the tops of buildings and balconies, it’s ancient Greek amphitheatre makes for a must-see spectacle and the crystal clear waters make its beaches truly idyllic.
Just down the road from Taormina is the wonderful family favourite Giardini Naxos. Based on the seafront, this is a popular destination for Italians to holiday, providing a charming corner of Sicily that has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a thriving and beautiful seaside resort. Bask in the Sicilian sunshine on the idyllic sand and shingle beach and in the evenings, stroll along the promenade taking in the atmosphere and visiting one of the many restaurants and bars on offer.
To enjoy a real slice of ‘la dolce vita’, Letojanni, based just a short drive away from Taormina, provides a laid back and slower paced slice of Sicily. Long sandy beaches are ideal for spending the day in the Italian sunshine by the shore and a maze of quaint winding streets, dotted with great restaurants make for ideal places to lazily traverse and discover. The towns beautiful square ‘Piazza Durante’ is the bustling centre point of the resort and you can take in a nice atmosphere on a balmy Sicilian evening here.
Giardini Naxos, Sicily
Giardini Naxos, Sicily
Giardini Naxos, Sicily
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