Sicily Holidays - Italy
Sicily sits just beyond the toe of Italy's boot. This triangular-shaped island is a place of contrasts, from the crumbling grandeur of its capital, Palermo, and the Greek ruins at the seaside town of Syracuse, to the chic boutiques of Taormina and the drama of Mount Etna, Europe's biggest volcano. It attracted waves of invaders and colonisers in the past, all of whom left their mark on the island - you'll spot Roman ruins, Norman churches and castles, Greek temples, and Arab and Byzantine domes.
In the north-east of the island is the split-level resort town of Taormina. In the upper part of the town you'll find pretty piazzas, a great dining scene and a well-preserved Greek amphitheatre that hosts open-air concerts in the summer. Down by the sea, there's a pebbly beach, which you can reach by road, cable car or a steep flight of steps.
Things to do in Sicily
Peer inside Mount Etna's craters
Fiery Mount Etna - one of the most active volcanoes in the world - is set in the middle of a national park. You can hike around its foothills or take a 4x4 right up to the summit, where you can walk around its smoking craters and take in widescreen views across the island.
Explore the Alcantara Gorges
The Alcantara Gorges are located just north of Mount Etna, and were carved out of the rock by volcanic activity. A river runs along the bottom, and rock pools and waterfalls and dotted throughout the gorges. You can swim here, but brace yourself - the water can be pretty icy.
Spend a day in Syracuse
Historical Syracuse lies about an hour and a half south of Taormina. Tour the Greek and Roman ruins at the Archaeological Zone (highlights include a Greek theatre and Roman amphitheatre), then spend the afternoon exploring the UNESCO-listed peninsula of Ortigia, which is filled with Gothic palaces and medieval houses.
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