The island of Sicily sits at the bottom of Italy’s ‘boot’ and is home to incredible beaches, mountains, forests and a rich culture that spans thousands of years. Mount Etna looms large over the east of the island, surrounded by fascinating villages and beach resorts, none more so than the ancient town of Taormina. 

    The capital of Palermo sits on the north coast, where impressive piazzas and tour food markets serving delicious seasonal ingredients and street food dishes can be found. Sicily's culture is unique compared to the rest of Italy – there's evidence of many different traditions as you travel across the island.     

    What to see & do in Sicily

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    Things to do in Sicily cover everything from ancient Roman ruins to striking active volcanoes, serene seaside islands, relaxing beaches, thriving nightlife, shopping, dining and more. At Stromboli, you can go hiking or relax on beaches at the foot of a live volcano. For history, climb the stairs of the ancient Valley of the Temples or visit the Teatro Antico di Taormina ruins. Capture striking seaside views at the Stair... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Sicily

    Food and dining in Sicily offers traditional flavours with scents and colours that have become iconic all over the world. From Sicilian wine to eggplant parmigiana to the incredible Avola almond, the flavour palette here is second to none. Sicily is at the heart of the Mediterranean diet, with a focus on fish and fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Palermo street food is a staple and is found at famed... Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Sicily

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Sicily

      The best places to go shopping in Sicily include historic markets, outlet malls, and prominent streets lined with designer boutiques. Even though the island might not be the first place that springs to mind if you’re a traveller who loves to shop, there’s a surprisingly wide choice for those who come to do just that. Many of the island’s essential...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Sicily

    Nightlife in Sicily boasts a range of bars, nightclubs, discos and scenes from bohemian speakeasies to thumping dance clubs and cocktail lounges with stunning seaside views. Among the best nightlife scenes on the island are Palermo and Catania. In Palermo, you'll need a car to get around, and the scene attracts the young and hip student crowd. In Catania, the bars and clubs are packed close together for ideal bar... Read more

    Useful information

    • Palermo Travel Essentials

      Our Palermo Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Italy. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need...

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