Sicily, Italy: travel guide and places to visit
Sicily is a large island off the southern tip of Italy, with a coastline offering fantastic beaches, dramatic inland mountain scenery including Mount Etna, many attractive towns and villages, and numerous ancient historical monuments.
Sicily - a guide and places to visit
For a summary of the most popular sights in the region see also Sicily places to visit.
Starting perhaps from Milazzo and Messina in the north-east of Sicily, travel down the eastern side of the island where Taormina has Greek and Roman ruins and is a good introduction to the history of Sicily.
Continuing south past Mount Etna, there are some fine 18th century buildings at Catania, a norman castle and old town at Paterno to enjoy, the hilltop town of Motta Sant'Anastasia, as well as the towns of Adrano and Centuripe.
Nearby you can visit the town of Mascali, rebuilt in the 1930's after the historic town was destroyed by lava flows from Mount Etna.
Travel a little inland to Pantalica to see the 3,000 year old burial tombs, then to the hill town of Ispica for some extensive prehistoric caves. The ancient ruins at Akrai can be seen at Palazzolo Acreide, and visit also the nearby town at Buscemi.
In the heart of Sicily, there is a great deal to explore and scenery to enjoy. Two particular highlights are the towns at Piazza Armerina and the old town of Enna. You can also visit Comiso and the churches of Chiaramonte Gulfi, passing perhaps by the interesting baroque towns of Modica, Ragusa and Scicli. On the coast close to Comiso, at the resort of Santa Croce Camerina, don't forget to visit the substantial ancient ruins at Kamarina.
Along the south-west coast of sicily see the historical town of Gela, also Butera a little way north and Licata. Then continuing along the south-western coast, visit the town of Agrigento and nearby Realmonte before heading to the coastal town at Sciacca.
Western and central Sicily
At the western edge of Sicily the near neighbour towns of Trapani and Erice each have their own particular charm and interest, while Paceco is another interesting town in the region, best known perhaps for its salt Works nature reserve.
The north-west of the island also includes the very beautiful city at Palermo (and neighbour Bagheria), in a great scenic location. From Palermo be sure to also visit the cathedral at Monreale and Terrasini, the town of Partinico and the resort at Cinisi, and the castle at Carini. The archeological site at Iato (San Giuseppe Jato) is also noteworthy.
Towards north-east Sicily the historic towns of Castroreale and Patti also deserve to be explored, and Naso has several interesting churches to visit. Nearby both Tindari and Oliveri have interesting highlights to explore and a little way south of here visit the fort and medieval town of Montalbano Elicona (with the standing stones of Argimusco) and Randazzo.
Off the north-east coast of Sicily, a very popular destination to visit in this part of Italy are the Aeolian Islands, including Lipari, Filicudi, Stromboli, Volcano and the small islands of Panarea and Ustica.
Sicily highlights - a photo gallery
Most Beautiful Villages - Sicily
The following Italian towns and villages in Sicily are listed among the 'most beautiful villages in Italy': Castelmola, Cefalu, Geraci Siculo, Montalbano Elicona, Novara di Sicilia, San Marco d'Alunzio and Savoca.
Orange Flag Tourism towns in Sicily
The following Italian towns and villages in Sicily are listed among the 'Orange flag towns in Italy'(a national tourist award): Sutera
For more travel and visitor information see Sicily.