Sicily, sitting off the southern toe of the Italian peninsula, is quite simply a different world. With a mid-Mediterranean setting at the crossroads of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, the island is a kaleidoscope of historic and cultural influences, more in common Morocco than Milan.
Former occupiers of the island include – to name a few – the Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Vikings, Normans, and Spanish, each of whom has left fingerprints all over the island’s architecture, culture, and cuisine. Nowhere else in Europe can you tour a Baroque cathedral before taking in an evening show at a Greco-Roman amphitheater, enjoy gelato for breakfast and couscous for dinner, or take in a modern art exhibition in a Norman town square flanked by swaying date and palm trees.
Sicily’s historic cities Palermo and Catania are bustling Baroque hives, boasting beautiful stucco-clad churches, medieval commercial centers, and mouthwatering street food. Inner Sicily is breathtakingly beautiful, with rolling mountain passes, gently spewing volcanoes, and a carpet of food and wine production which includes some of the Mediterranean’s best wines. Each of its three coasts boasts fine pebbled and sandy beaches, lapped by gentle Mediterranean waves, with typically laidback terraces and bars to kick back in.
The contemporary traveler will Sicily an absolute delight. With so many historical influences you’ll find discover a wealth of heritage treasures, from the soaring ruins of Agrigento to Palermo’s glittering Norman palace and cathedral. Art enthusiasts will marvel at the stuccos and mosaics of the island’s innumerable fine churches, museums, and galleries. Adventure enthusiasts will love the great Sicilian outdoors, with rugged hills to bike and walk, and steaming Mount Etna to climb. Gastronomes, quite simply, may never find a better spot on the planet.
In spite of all this attraction, Sicily has yet to succumb to mass tourism and feels a world away from the dense crowds of Rome and Venice. You’ll find warm and truly genuine hospitality all across the island, and each day encounter a gallery, hotel, or cafe which feels you’ve stumbled across a hidden gem. One thing we guarantee is that the island won’t remain a secret forever, so contact our specialists today to set up your unforgettable custom tour of Sicily.