Travel Tuesdays: La Sicilia – Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea; along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy. It separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas. Due to its position, Sicily features an incredible rich history, testified by the remains of the most important civilizations that  sailed the Mediterranean in the past centuries.

Catania LandscapeCatania is the second largest city of the region. The nicest way to discover this city is to  spend a day on a walking tour, viewing the vestiges of the centuries side-by-side (Roman theaters, baroque gems, hideous new buildings), all against the backdrop of the menacing Etna. If you get there early enough, check out the fish market, close to Piazza Duomo, to feel the pulse of the city. If you feel adventurous you can also visit Mount Etna: the tallest active volcano of Europe (and the 2° most active volcano of the world) is a great place for hiking.

As mentioned above, in Sicily you’ll find amazing archaeological sites. If you love walking around old Greek or Roman temples and amphitheaters , make sure you don’t skip the Neapolis Park of Siracusa and the splendid Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

 End your tour in the capital city: Palermo. Visit the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, which is famous for its formidable mix of eastern and western art and its mosaics. Walk to the Cathedral in Corso Vittorio Emanuele and continue until you find the Four Corners. Admire the Tuscan fountain in Piazza Pretoria and, just behind it, take in two splendid Arab-Norman churches, La Martorana and San Cataldo.

Beautiful landscapes, along with a great food culture and the mild climate, allow visitors to make the most of their Sicilian holiday all year round.

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