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The Sicily Area Guide

Things to do

Sicily’s landscape is an intense juxtaposition of staggering mountain ranges and emerald green forests in the north, a menacing volcano to the east and a crystal clear shoreline encircling its borders. Though, Sicily may conjure up images of a tranquil haven, it’s home to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in the European continent, whose dominating presence is felt in the entire eastern region, but don’t let that deter you! Many locals consider Etna to be a defining feature of the Sicilian landscape and gaze proudly upon it. Aside from its fascinating and almost alarming kaleidoscope of vistas, the island has a far-reaching history that is evident in every corner of this seductively beautiful Italian isle.

The turquoise seas and golden beaches of Mondello invite you to throw your cares away, whereas, the city of Catania, which has previously been devastated by the oozing hot lava from the majestic Etna, is a Baroque masterpiece and urges you to explore its turbulent past. And Monreale, a bewitching ancient town that strategically sits atop a hillside, watches over the lush valley below, which is jam-packed with orange, olive and almond trees. As you travel throughout the island, it quickly becomes apparent that each city or region paints a colourful picture of colonies (from Greek to Roman and Arab) gone by.

The island is also a playground for adventure junkies, during the winter months, entertainment seekers can ski down the slopes of Etna and Riserva dello Zingaro near Palermo is a picture-perfect reserve with sweeping blue bays and rugged cliffs beckoning adventurers to explore it. You’ll almost pinch yourself in disbelief as you begin to comprehend the paradise you’ve just entered and begin to call home!

Places to eat

Sicily is famed for its exquisite cuisine, which has been heavily influenced by the civilisations of days gone by. Many are often surprised and a tad overwhelmed by the varied gastronomy on offer. Whether it's gourmet restaurants or humble taverns tucked away in quaint locations, the culinary concoctions cooked up by seasoned chefs are a pure and utter delight. Sicily’s exceptionally fertile soil also means that all manner of produce grows on the island and is used within the tasty dishes. Delicacies such as Cannoli (fried pastry filled with a sweet ricotta cheese) and Arancini (fried rice balls stuffed with various ingredients) are revered worldwide and must be sampled at least once. Acquadelferro near Catania is a fabulous venue with panoramic views, serving everything from freshly caught fish to crispy pizzas. Antica Filanda in the Capo d’Orlando region is another venue of note and their pork dishes are famed all over Sicily, so meat-lovers should take every opportunity to visit.

Aside from the wondrous fare on offer, café culture is the lifeblood of every Sicilian village, town and city. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, cafes are an integral part of Sicilian life and you’ll be pleased to know there’s one at every turn.

Shopping

When it comes to shopping, Sicily certainly doesn’t disappoint.All the major cities – Palermo, Catania, Siracusa, Agrigento - are home to the well-known and well-loved chains of Zara and H&M among others, to get a true taste of Sicilian flair, however, one must visit at least one of the exuberant markets in and around Sicily. Here, an endless array of unique handcraft goods can be picked up, from wooden puppets to ceramics and gastronomic specialities. Mascalucia near Catania and Giardini Naxos near Messina, are two famed outdoor markets that you should try and visit. This is also a chance to witness Sicilian culture up close and personal as well as grab yourself a bargain.

Getting there & around

When it comes to transport, Sicily can be a rather frustrating experience – one that requires a bit of patience. Though, the major cities and towns are served by trains and buses, they are not reliable nor far-reaching. If you plan on travelling long distances, it would be best to avoid public transportation all together and rely on a car to transport you conveniently from A to B, especially when visiting rural or remote areas. To get into the country, though, is pretty simple. Numerous airports are scattered around the island and connect users with the rest of Italy, Europe and further afield.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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