Sicily is a fascinating area with a unique culture that sets it a world apart from mainland Italy. Therefore, no matter how many times you’ve travelled elsewhere on the Italian map, Sicily is certain to show you a whole other side. From the beauty of the surroundings to the rich history, there are many things which will make you fall in love with Sicily. Here are just a few of them:
The island of Sicily is tiny and the entirety of it can be travelled in just a few hours; however, this doesn’t mean to say that you will be able to experience everything all at once. There are many attractions to visit on the island; from grand examples of architecture like the Sicilian Baroque that is distinctive of the Baroque architecture style that developed throughout the 17th and 18th century, to the seven UNESCO sites of interest on the island. If travelling from east to west, you can complete your journey in around 3 and a half hours. Alternatively, if you go north to south, the time is just 2 and a half hours.
One of the main reasons people choose Italy for a second home is the fantastic choice of foods, which are unmatched by any other country in the world. Sicily, in particular, prides itself on offering the freshest local produce available, from seafood to rich vegetables. Sicily is particularly well known for its cannelloni that should be tried on your visit to the island.
Volcanoes and mountains
Sicily offers a scenic experience quite unlike any other; over half of the land is mountainous making for some breath-taking scenery as you explore the island. Whilst the volcanoes offer a unique and exhilarating sight, particularly on the active volcano of Mt. Etna which is the largest in Europe.
Mainland Italy can be reached in a mere hour and a half, meaning that if you want to venture over to experience the vibrancy and romance of Rome or head to the wine region of Umbria, you still can with very little travel time.
The largest opera house in Italy can be found in Sicily; it took 20 years to complete and opened its doors in 1897. The neoclassical opera-house named the ‘Teatro Massimo’ has remained a poignant feature ever since. It even features in a famous scene in the iconic film ‘The Godfather: Part III’. You can take a guided tour around the opera house in the day, with guides being offered in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German. Whilst tickets can be bought for evening opera and ballet shows.
Many areas in Italy are known for their outstanding beaches; however, Sicily could arguably offer the best in Italy. With the surrounding Mediterranean Sea, there is a beach to suit every type of traveller, from family-friendly options to secluded beaches; you could even purchase a luxury property in Sicily that is accompanied by its own private beach.
The capital city of Sicily of Palermo displays an abundance of history through its architecture, legends and stories. Every corner has its own story, and this is the main reason why Palermo is one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of Italy. Whether you venture here to stroll the streets and absorb the atmosphere, to dine under the stars or to indulge in the rich history, it will be an unforgettable city break.
There are romantic walks along the beaches and through the cities readily available, as well as unforgettable dining experiences and a climate that means anything is possible. You’ll never bore of the amazing activities and postcard perfect sights that can be enjoyed on your visit to your second home.
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