Set in the heart of the Mediterranean, the island of Sicily is home to an impressive array of historical sites, beautiful landscapes and legendary cuisine. Its complex history of successive rulers is evident everywhere, in ancient Greek temples, Roman mosaics, medieval castles and Arab-influenced architecture.
The island boasts some gorgeous beaches, such as San Vito Lo Capo in the northwest, and the coves of CefalÃ¹, not far from the capital city, Palermo. Sicily is also known for its attractive baroque towns, such as Noto, Ragusa and Modica, each adorned with grand churches, opulent palaces and charming squares.
Things to do on a Sicily holiday
Take in the sights of Palermo, one of Europe's most important cities between the 9th and 12th centuries. Explore the medieval hilltop town of Taormina on the east coast, where stunning beaches and a famous Greek theatre await. Don't miss the remarkable Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and the well-preserved Roman mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina.
Take a walk on the slopes of Mount Etna, one of Europe's most active volcanoes, and join a boat trip to the Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO-listed haven of pristine beaches, crystalline waters and volcanic landscapes. The island's cuisine is undoubtably a highlight - a delightful fusion of Mediterranean flavours. Try fresh seafood dishes infused with fragrant herbs and citrus accents, and indulge in iconic treats like arancini - deep-fried rice balls with delicious fillings - and irresistible cannoli, crispy pastry shells filled with sweet ricotta cream.