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Discovering Sicily

Discover Sicily, the idyllic Mediterranean gem that promises an unforgettable journey full of history, landscapes, and culture.

Why visit Sicily?

Visiting Sicily offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in its fascinating history and explore its layers of culture, both past and present. The island showcases a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that captivates travelers from around the world.

Exploring Sicily: Sicilian Splendours

Exploring Sicily is like taking a step back in time while immersing oneself in stunning landscapes and savouring exquisite flavors. This Italian gem offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that captivates travellers from around the world. 

For nature enthusiasts Sicily presents a wealth of natural beauty. From the majestic Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, to the idyllic Aeolian Islands, with their crystal-clear waters and picturesque villages, outdoor adventure opportunities are endless.

Moreover, you can discover exceptional sights such as charming coastal resorts with clear waters lined  framed by dramatic cliffs, which house remnants of Sicily's Greek colonization. There are also traces of Roman, Arab, and medieval times, including beautiful churches reflecting the island's multicultural history. Whether it's exploring antiquities or tasting locally produced wines, Sicily provides an extraordinary experience full of remarkable sights, smells, history, and memories to cherish.

Sicily Tours: The Key to Authentic Experiences

To truly experience the best of Sicily, it's recommended to embark on a guided tour. Sicily Tours offers a well-planned itinerary, knowledgeable guides, and comfortable transportation, ensuring that you make the most of your time on this enchanting island. With a variety of tours available, you'll have the opportunity to explore this Mediterranean paradise and create unforgettable memories. Whether you're interested in wine tasting, hiking, or simply soaking up the sun, there's a tour that's perfect for you. When planning your Sicily tour, it's important to consider your preferences and interests. Whether you prefer a guided group tour or a more personalized private tour, there are options available to suit every traveler.

Sicilian Cuisine: A Culinary Journey

While touring Sicily, don't miss the opportunity to indulge in the island's renowned culinary delights. Sicilian cuisine is a blend of influences from various civilizations that have inhabited the island throughout history. Known for its fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and multicultural influences, a food and wine tour is an excellent way to savor traditional dishes such as arancini, pasta alla Norma, and cannoli. You can also explore the famous wine regions of Marsala and Etna, where you can sample exquisite wines produced from local grape varieties.

Get ready to embark on a memorable Sicilian adventure and create memories that will last forever.

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A romantic fairy-tale escape at the luxury Baglio Oneto Luxury Wine Resort in Sicily

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Why not surprise your loved one with a romantic one-night escape at the luxury Baglio Oneto Resort in Sicily? Every couple has its own sweet rituals w...

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Italia Nostra promotes the historical railway line from Noto to Pachino in Sicily  

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Pitchup recommends some of Italy’s best campsites for great food and wines 

Pitchup recommends some of Italy’s best campsites for great food and wines 

Pitchup.com has selected a selection of Italy’s best campsites as the perfect way to discover Italian food and wines!  The platform for booking out...

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The Alcantara Gorges. Enchantment in Sicily for nature and sport enthusiasts

The Alcantara Gorges. Enchantment in Sicily for nature and sport enthusiasts

The Alcantara Gorges, in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily, are an enchantment and a must for all those who love nature and sport. About an hour by car f...

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Catania’s Cruise Terminal. A new facility with a commercial area and visitor services

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Giardino di Costanza in Mazara del Vallo. Hnh Hospitality’s new Amlar property in Sicily

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Spanish fund Azora completes the acquisition of Bluserena’s 13 hotels 

Spanish fund Azora completes the acquisition of Bluserena’s 13 hotels 

Bluserena, founded in 1985 by Carlo Maresca, manages a portfolio of 13 hotels (eight of which it owns) in the main Italian tourist destinations includ...

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GNV. More ferries for Sardinia and Sicily in 2022, and a loyalty programme for agencies

GNV. More ferries for Sardinia and Sicily in 2022, and a loyalty programme for agencies

Bookings for GNV departures up to September 2022 opened in October, and they put Italy centre stage. Alessio Macri, GNV’s Italy & Albania Sales ...

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Italy’s extra-small hotels. From wine resorts and castles to farmhouses

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In these times of social distancing small hotels are much in demand as they can guarantee privacy as well as total immersion in some of Italy’s most...

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Garibaldi Hotels. A successful summer season thanks to Italian holidaymakers 

Garibaldi Hotels. A successful summer season thanks to Italian holidaymakers 

The summer season ended with a plus sign for Garibaldi Hotels, the Italian hotel group with 12 properties in the Apulia, Sicily, Sardinia, Latium and ...

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Sicily, Italy’s largest island, wins the World's Best Award by Travel + Leisure

Sicily, Italy’s largest island, wins the World's Best Award by Travel + Leisure

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Wonderful Italy. Italian hospitality and true local flavours

Wonderful Italy. Italian hospitality and true local flavours

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Union Tour Di Mondo Travel. Itineraries and packages around Italy

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Sicily's Aeolian Islands. Tour and excursions

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Rocco Forte’s third Sicilian property is Palazzo Castelluccio in Noto

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Sicani Villages. Interest grows from Europe, the US and South America

Sicani Villages. Interest grows from Europe, the US and South America

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Sicily, Sardinia, Tuscany: Italy's adrenalin-packed trifecta

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Catania City Center is the third property in Sicily for B&B Hotels

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Discovering Sicilian Matriarchal History with Rocco Forte

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Hnh Hospitality: record revenues in 2023 with +15% profits and margins

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West of Sicily. A DMO brand to promote 17 Sicilian towns near Trapani

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Le Gole di Tiberio: a hidden gorge in the province of Palermo

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La Corte dei Mari. Sicilian cuisine on the Strait of Messina 

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IHG’s Kimpton will make it Italian debut in Taormina in 2025 

IHG’s Kimpton will make it Italian debut in Taormina in 2025 

An Italian debut is planned in Taormina in 2025 for Kimpton, the brand acquired by the IHG group in 2018 for €430 million. A 59-room boutique hotel...

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New private villas in the pipeline at the Verdura Resort in Sciacca (Sicily)

New private villas in the pipeline at the Verdura Resort in Sciacca (Sicily)

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Trapani, which has the luxury resort Baglio Oneto, looks to UNESCO

Trapani, which has the luxury resort Baglio Oneto, looks to UNESCO

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Towns of Italy acquires Sicilian inbound operator Mediterranea Trekking

Towns of Italy acquires Sicilian inbound operator Mediterranea Trekking

Towns of Italy Group's portfolio consolidates as it acquires Mediterranea Trekking, the Sicilian inbound operator specialized in outdoor & active ...

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Neos’s new New York flights raise Palermo Airport’s expectations 

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Modica. A gem in Sicily’s Baroque triangle

Modica. A gem in Sicily’s Baroque triangle

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Ortigia. The beathing, historical heart of Syracuse in Sicily

Ortigia. The beathing, historical heart of Syracuse in Sicily

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ITA Airways new Piazza Vincenzo Bellini lounge at Catania airport

ITA Airways new Piazza Vincenzo Bellini lounge at Catania airport

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Dimensione Sicilia’s Sicilian Secrets tours also have winter departures

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ItalyAbsolutely’s first fam trip with Messina’s Meet Tourism

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Sicani Villages unites a network of 29 towns in Southern Sicily

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Luxury hotels in ancient former convents, monasteries, and towers

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Neos's Challenge on the New York-Palermo

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Petralia Sottana and Gangi: Two Hidden Gems Waiting to Be Explored

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Accor opens in Mondello managing one of Palermo’s historic hotels

Accor opens in Mondello managing one of Palermo’s historic hotels

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Palazzo Sangiorgio: a second 5-star hotel for Catania (Sicily)

Palazzo Sangiorgio: a second 5-star hotel for Catania (Sicily)

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ADLER Spa Resorts: autumn yoga retreats in Sicily and Alto Adige

ADLER Spa Resorts: autumn yoga retreats in Sicily and Alto Adige

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A train journey to Sicily is an experience in itself. There are actually direct trains from Rome to Palermo. No changes necessary. The train boards a ...

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Gruppo FS: 140 million for 70 new Intercity Notte carriages for Sicily lines

Gruppo FS: 140 million for 70 new Intercity Notte carriages for Sicily lines

Gruppo FS, the Italian state railways, has signed a contract for the supply of 70 new Trenitalia Intercity Notte carriages for Sicily lines worth appr...

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ItaliAbsolutely unlocks the magic of Italy with exclusive fam trips for travel professionals

ItaliAbsolutely unlocks the magic of Italy with exclusive fam trips for travel professionals

ItaliAbsolutely is ready to unveil its new exclusive fam trips which have been meticulously crafted for discerning travel professionals and touris...

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MIRA Borgo di Luce, an old monastery turned resort in Southern Italy

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MIRA Borgo di Luce, an old monastery turned resort in Southern Italy. MIRA Borgo di Luce in Siracusa is a monastery transformed into a luxury villa s...

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The San Domenico in Taormina named Best Hotel 2023 by Virtuoso 

The Four Seasons San Domenico Palace is the Best Hotel 2023 for the Virtuoso agency network.  The award was presented in Las Vegas The Taormina hot...

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Monreale. Gold Byzantine mosaics and crusty bread close to Palermo 

Monreale. Gold Byzantine mosaics and crusty bread close to Palermo 

Monreale, famous for its gold Byzantine mosaics and Norman architecture, is a 12th-century city less than fifteen minutes from Palermo.  The Cathedr...

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Discover Sicily in autumn with tour operator Le Isole d'Italia’s tours

Discover Sicily in autumn with tour operator Le Isole d'Italia’s tours

Discover Sicily in Autumn, a beautiful month for exploring Sicily with Le Isole d'Italia’s tours. Walking and trekking tours to discover the best o...

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Modica. A not-to-be-missed gem in Sicily’s Baroque triangle

Modica. A not-to-be-missed gem in Sicily’s Baroque triangle

Modica is a not-to-be-missed gem, and one of the eight little towns that make up Sicily’s Baroque Triangle.  One of Sicily’s most beautiful Baro...

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Mangia's 5-Star Brucoli Resort Reopens After a €27 Million Renovation

Mangia's 5-Star Brucoli Resort Reopens After a €27 Million Renovation

Mangia’s Brucoli Resort has reopened following a €27 million renovation, the third since the joint venture between the Mangia's Group and Hotel In...

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Be inspired by nature with an exclusive escape at Adler Spa Resort SICILIA

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The Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina celebrates its 150th birthday

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The Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina, which has spectacular views of Mount Etna, is celebrating its 150th birthday. An art installation and a pop-up wel...

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Bwh Italia’s Sicily. A Martello Best Western and the Principe di Lampedusa

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The Martello Hotels group's Martello di Lampedusa hotel and the Principe di Lampedusa in Palermo have joined Bwh Hotels Italia.  An affiliation aime...

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Autograph Collection’s debut in Sicily with Siracusa’s Ortea Palace  

Autograph Collection’s debut in Sicily with Siracusa’s Ortea Palace  

The Ortea Palace in Syracuse has joined the Autograph Collection and thus becomes the first Sicilian property of the Marriott soft brand. Russotti Ge...

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Lindberg’s Grand Hotel San Pietro in Taormina gets a restyling

Lindberg’s Grand Hotel San Pietro in Taormina gets a restyling

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Italy Car Rent. New Sicily headquarters and +50% turnover in June

Italy Car Rent. New Sicily headquarters and +50% turnover in June

Leading Italian car rental firm Italy Car Rent inaugurated its new headquarters in Carini, close to Palermo, with a colourful ribbon-cutting ceremo...

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B&B Hotels returns to Sicily with the opening of Hotel Trapani Crystal owned by the Bulgarella Group

B&B Hotels returns to Sicily with the opening of Hotel Trapani Crystal owned by the Bulgarella Group

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Dior wellness treatments at Taormina’s Grand Hotel Timeo Belmond

Dior wellness treatments at Taormina’s Grand Hotel Timeo Belmond

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Sicily’s Noto and the entire valley espouse a project for LBGT+ visitors 

Sicily’s Noto and the entire valley espouse a project for LBGT+ visitors 

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EasyJet has launched a new summer route from Edinburgh to Catania

EasyJet has launched a new summer route from Edinburgh to Catania

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Pantelleria. Sicily’s largest island is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets

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Pantelleria, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, is a volcanic island, known as The Black Pearl of the Mediterranean. The Castle of Pantelleris hosts...

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The Italica Hotels & Resorts Group kicks off with five hotels and intends expanding

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VRetreats: unique luxury hotels in iconic Italian destinations

VRetreats: unique luxury hotels in iconic Italian destinations

"We reimagine historic buildings in stunning locations to provide an authentic Italian experience. Each property tells the story of its place, culture...

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Wizz Air’s Malta to Catania. A 6th new route for the Sicilian city 

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Wizz Air’s Malta-Catania flights, to launch on I July, are the 6th new route for the Sicilian city. Malta-Catania starting on 1 July for two months...

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Lemon Sistemi, photovoltaics and renewable energy systems for tourism

Lemon Sistemi, photovoltaics and renewable energy systems for tourism

Lemon Sistemi, which produces photovoltaics and renewable energy systems for tourism, doubled its turnover in 2022. Renewable energy systems for tour...

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Blue Tour presents the Italian Blue Route 2023 Mediterranean journey

Blue Tour presents the Italian Blue Route 2023 Mediterranean journey

The Italian Blue Route 2023 is a promotional journey along ancient Mediterranean sea routes.  A Mediterranean journey in the Jancris sailing boat B...

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Atlantis Bay. The 5-star property in Taormina of White Lotus fame

Atlantis Bay. The 5-star property in Taormina of White Lotus fame

The five-star Atlantis Bay in Taormina, the Sicilian town that featured in The White Lotus, is the only hotel on Mermaids Bay.   The hotel is style...

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Going Summer 2023: charm and sustainability at Il Baglio sull'Acqua

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Charm and sustainability at Il Baglio sull'Acqua, a romantic and exclusive boutique hotel on the little island of Favignana. A charming resort in Goi...

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The Castellaro Wine Resort enters Ecoluxury Retreats of the World

The Castellaro Wine Resort enters Ecoluxury Retreats of the World

The expansion of Ecoluxury Retreats of the World continues with the Castellaro Wine Resort in Lipari in Sicily. Three ancient premises surrounded by ...

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Why Sicily is Europe’s greatest island

Why Sicily is Europe’s greatest island

With its charming old towns, exquisite cuisine, unmissable cultural sites and dazzling landscapes and beaches, it is easy to see why Sicily topped The...

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CdsHotels off to a good start with summer bookings up by 35% 

CdsHotels off to a good start with summer bookings up by 35% 

CdsHotels is off to a good start in 2023, with sharply increasing booking trends for summer. Foreign markets are up by 35% Bolstered by an increase ...

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Two stunning attractions to see in Sicily using Tiqets’ platform

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Tiqets, the world's leading online booking platform for museums and attractions, has some suggestions for some stunning attractions and not-so hidden ...

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Two new robotic F&B resources for Unahotels One Siracusa 

Two new robotic F&B resources for Unahotels One Siracusa 

Unahotels One Siracusa has two new robotic F&B resources:  Dinerbot T5 and Butlerbot W3, better known as Lola and Leonard. The robots will colla...

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Trapani Airport. 26 summer routes, 16 of which are international

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Ryanair’s bumper summer with 40 routes at Palermo airport

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Wonderful Pantelleria Island

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La Plage Resort in Taormina. For spring breaks in a magical setting 

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La Plage Resort, by the sea and overlooking the Isola Bella in Taormina, is a top choice for a spring break in a magical setting.  Maldivian-style b...

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Golf at Mira Hotels & Resorts in Sicily, Tuscany and Puglia

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Mangia's Torre del Barone in Sciacca (Sicily) has reopened as a 5-star property

Mangia's Torre del Barone in Sciacca (Sicily) has reopened as a 5-star property

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Dimensione Sicilia: the growing demand for the Sicilian Secrets tour

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Dimensione Sicilia’s says the growing demand for its Sicilian Secrets tour is moving towards a record high. Dimensione Sicilia’s 2023 season ends...

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Cefalù is so much more

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Caronte & Tourist: ready for the new season and for the return of foreign markets

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Caronte & Tourist is ready for the new season and for the return of foreign markets. With a fleet of 21 ships connecting destinations and islands ...

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Hakuna Travel specializes in Italian sea and sun holiday villages

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Sicily. Boutique hotel Palazzo Vecchio Taormina to open this April

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CdsHotels posts a €49.5 million turnover, 66% higher than 2019

CdsHotels posts a €49.5 million turnover, 66% higher than 2019

CdsHotels posted a €49.5 million turnover in 2022, a 39% increase over 2021, but more importantly, a +66% increase over the pre-Covid 2019 year. ...

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Palermo on Ice. Winter fun on skates for all ages 

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The Palermo On Ice skating rink will colour winter in the Sicilian city up to 7 January. Sanitised skates and disposable socks and caps For adults a...

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Meliá’s InnSide brand debuts in Sicily partnering with Logitravel

Meliá’s InnSide brand debuts in Sicily partnering with Logitravel

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Lachea Island. Sicily’s tiny instagramable island  

Lachea Island. Sicily’s tiny instagramable island  

Lachea, a tiny island off the coast of Sicily is for travellers who like to collect unusual experiences. Whether for their own enjoyment, or to post ...

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Sicily’s Baglio Oneto for immersive gastronomic experiences

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At Baglio Oneto in Sicily the key word is immersive. To fully grasp any experience it has to involve all the senses, and at Baglio Oneto dei Principi ...

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Enna. The navel of Sicily and Italy’s highest capital 

Enna. The navel of Sicily and Italy’s highest capital 

Enna is the navel of Sicily and also Italy’s highest regional capital, a sleepy little medieval town perched on a high plateau at 1,000 metres asl. ...

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“Sicilian Secret Tour” by Dimensione Sicilia

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Discover the Sicilian Secret’s Tours, the best guided tours in Sicily for an unforgettable journey. Sicilian Secret Tours are itineraries conceived...

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Therasia Resort on the Sicilian island of Vulcano

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The highlights at Therasia Resort Sea & Spa on the Sicilian island of Vulcano include a new lobby and a new beach club on the Sabbie Nere beach. ...

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Discovering Italy’s southern Aeolian islands with Boataround

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Boataround, a leading boat rental platform, offers three itineraries that feature the queens of summer: the islands, and in particular the beautiful A...

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Favignana's historic Camparìa tuna fishery is a museum and lounge bar

Favignana's historic Camparìa tuna fishery is a museum and lounge bar

Favignana's historic Camparìa tuna fishery on Sicily’s little Egadi island has undergone a major conservative redevelopment. Now the former wareho...

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Sicily. Luxury, tradition and design at the Alba Palace in Favara

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Sicily. Luxury, tradition and design at the Alba Palace in Favara, just a few kilometres from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, for a holiday of...

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Marzamemi an exclusive destination for high fashion and good food

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The Bulgarella Group acquires the former Sicilian Balestrate summer-camp 

The Bulgarella Group acquires the former Sicilian Balestrate summer-camp 

The Bulgarella Group has acquired the former Sicilian summer-camp of Balestrate. This comes following the purchase, in June last year, of the former ...

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HNH Hospitality. The Giardino di Costanza has opened in Mazara del Vallo

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A €40 million refurbishment for Palermo’s Cruise Terminal 

A €40 million refurbishment for Palermo’s Cruise Terminal 

Palermo’s Cruise Terminal, designed by architect Salvatore Caronia Roberti and built on the skeleton of an ancient maritime station from 1950, has b...

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The Sikania Resort in Marina di Butera has reopened for the summer season 

The Sikania Resort in Marina di Butera has reopened for the summer season 

The Sikania Resort in Marina di Butera has reopened for the summer season following an investment of over €500,000 which led, among other things, to...

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Baglio Oneto Wine Resort. Sandy beaches, hidden coves and water sports  

Baglio Oneto Wine Resort. Sandy beaches, hidden coves and water sports  

Baglio Oneto dei Principi di San Lorenzo Wine Resort has sandy beaches, hidden coves, water sports and protected marine life making a holiday in this ...

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The garden of Kolymbetra in Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples in Sicily  

The garden of Kolymbetra in Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples in Sicily  

The garden of Kolymbetra in Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples is a striking feature in the Sicilian archaeological site and is mentioned by Andrea C...

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Italy’s top ten most beautiful diving destinations from Sardinia to Sicily

Italy’s top ten most beautiful diving destinations from Sardinia to Sicily

Italy’s top ten most beautiful diving destinations from Sardinia to Sicily have been compiled by Scubadvisor, the world's first app entirely dedicat...

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Villadorata Country House. A period residence in Sicily’s Val di Noto

Villadorata Country House. A period residence in Sicily’s Val di Noto

Villadorata Country House in Sicily is a country residence a few kilometres from the town of Noto, nestling in the rolling hills of the valley of the ...

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Itabus. 30 new buses and many new destinations

Itabus. 30 new buses and many new destinations

Itabus adds 30 new buses to its fleet, as well as many new destinations. The new MAN Neoplan Skyliners will increase the fleet to 100 vehicles (300 wh...

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Sicilian Railway Experience. A new Rocco Forte rail project

Sicilian Railway Experience. A new Rocco Forte rail project

Sicilian Railway Experience is a new Rocco Forte rail product: a 1920s train from central Palermo to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, running from...

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Palermo’s Villa Igiea reopening with new rooms and suites in the Donna Franca building 

Palermo’s Villa Igiea reopening with new rooms and suites in the Donna Franca building 

The second season with Rocco Forte at the helm of Villa Igiea in Palermo starts on 17 March. Following the inauguration last June the famous Sicilian ...

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The Baroque town of Modica near Ragusa in Sicily is UNESCO- listed 

The Baroque town of Modica near Ragusa in Sicily is UNESCO- listed 

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A romantic fairy-tale escape at the luxury Baglio Oneto Luxury Wine Resort in Sicily

A romantic fairy-tale escape at the luxury Baglio Oneto Luxury Wine Resort in Sicily

Why not surprise your loved one with a romantic one-night escape at the luxury Baglio Oneto Resort in Sicily? Every couple has its own sweet rituals w...

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Dream stays in Baglio Occhipinti near Ragusa in Sicily, where the seasons compete in charm and beauty

Dream stays in Baglio Occhipinti near Ragusa in Sicily, where the seasons compete in charm and beauty

At Baglio Occhipinti near Ragusa the seasons compete in charm and beauty, and with its climatic and geographical appeal Sicily is one of those places ...

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Italia Nostra promotes the historical railway line from Noto to Pachino in Sicily  

Italia Nostra promotes the historical railway line from Noto to Pachino in Sicily  

Tourism resources being promoted in Sicily by Italia Nostra include the Historical Trains and Cultural Itineraries project for the Noto to Pachino lin...

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Pitchup recommends some of Italy’s best campsites for great food and wines 

Pitchup recommends some of Italy’s best campsites for great food and wines 

Pitchup.com has selected a selection of Italy’s best campsites as the perfect way to discover Italian food and wines!  The platform for booking out...

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The Alcantara Gorges. Enchantment in Sicily for nature and sport enthusiasts

The Alcantara Gorges. Enchantment in Sicily for nature and sport enthusiasts

The Alcantara Gorges, in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily, are an enchantment and a must for all those who love nature and sport. About an hour by car f...

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Catania’s Cruise Terminal. A new facility with a commercial area and visitor services

Catania’s Cruise Terminal. A new facility with a commercial area and visitor services

In the coming months work will start on a commercial hub and visitor services at Catania’s Cruise Terminal as well as on the important new areas tha...

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Giardino di Costanza in Mazara del Vallo. Hnh Hospitality’s new Amlar property in Sicily

Giardino di Costanza in Mazara del Vallo. Hnh Hospitality’s new Amlar property in Sicily

The Giardino di Costanza in Mazara del Vallo, in the province Trapani in southwestern Sicily, will be the second Almar brand hotel from Hnh Hospitalit...

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Spanish fund Azora completes the acquisition of Bluserena’s 13 hotels 

Spanish fund Azora completes the acquisition of Bluserena’s 13 hotels 

Bluserena, founded in 1985 by Carlo Maresca, manages a portfolio of 13 hotels (eight of which it owns) in the main Italian tourist destinations includ...

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GNV. More ferries for Sardinia and Sicily in 2022, and a loyalty programme for agencies

GNV. More ferries for Sardinia and Sicily in 2022, and a loyalty programme for agencies

Bookings for GNV departures up to September 2022 opened in October, and they put Italy centre stage. Alessio Macri, GNV’s Italy & Albania Sales ...

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Italy’s extra-small hotels. From wine resorts and castles to farmhouses

Italy’s extra-small hotels. From wine resorts and castles to farmhouses

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Garibaldi Hotels. A successful summer season thanks to Italian holidaymakers 

Garibaldi Hotels. A successful summer season thanks to Italian holidaymakers 

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Sicily, Italy’s largest island, wins the World's Best Award by Travel + Leisure

Sicily, Italy’s largest island, wins the World's Best Award by Travel + Leisure

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Wonderful Italy. Italian hospitality and true local flavours

Wonderful Italy. Italian hospitality and true local flavours

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Union Tour Di Mondo Travel. Itineraries and packages around Italy

Union Tour Di Mondo Travel. Itineraries and packages around Italy

Travel with us! Union Tour Di Mondo Travel was founded in May 2017, and works with a pool of expert tour guides and  escorts specialized in Italy an...

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Sicily's Aeolian Islands. Tour and excursions

1st Day - CATANIA / MILAZZO / LIPARI Arrival in Catania, meet the driver and depart for Milazzo. Take the ferry to Lipari in the Aeolian Islands, a v...

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Sicily known for?

Sicily is well-known for its beautiful beaches, attractive villages, historic wreckage, and archaeological sites that illustrate the island's rich history as a Greek colony. The influences of Romans, Arabs, Muslims, Spaniards, Jews, and others are vibrant on this island. Sicily also has well-preserved ancient sites, churches, and monuments that reflect its multicultural past.

What is the best way to explore Sicily?

The best way to explore Sicily depends on your personal preferences and travel style. Here are some options to consider:

  1. Self-Drive: Renting a car is a popular way to experience what Sicily has to offer, granting maximum mobility and the opportunity to explore remote areas. However, it's essential to consider that navigating in Sicily may prove difficult due to the confining roadways and bustling cities.

  2. Guided Tours: Those seeking an expertly crafted exploration of Sicily's culture, history, and picturesque landscape should consider opting for one of the many guided tours available. Tour options include cultural experiences, food, and wine tastings, as well as nature escapades.

  3. Using Public Transportation: Sicily has an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, trains, and ferries. Though it may be less expensive, this mode of transportation may necessitate more planning in order to maximize its convenience.

  4. Exploring Sicily by Bicycle: Cycling across Sicily is a growing tourist attraction, with several operators offering organized cycling tours of the island. This gives visitors plenty of opportunities to experience the region's natural beauty while also learning about the culture of the Sicilians.

What are some popular Sicily tours and excursions?

Sicily offers a variety of tours and activities for visitors to explore the island's rich history, culture, and natural beauty. Here are some popular options:

  1. Cultural Tours: Experience the diverse history of Sicily and its influence from Greek, Roman, Arab, and Norman civilizations through guided tours that cover ancient temples, amphitheaters, and other celebrated monuments such as Agrigento's Valley of the Temples and Piazza Armerina's Roman Villa del Casale. Learn about this culturally rich island with visits to notable landmarks like Palermo's Palazzo dei Normanni and Monreale's Cathedral.

  2. Food and Wine Tours: Savour the exceptional eats from Sicily, which is renowned for its mouth-watering dishes made from recipes that draw on its unique culture paired with Mediterranean  influences. Join food or wine tastings featuring local delicacies—think arancini (rice balls) and cannoli (pastry shells filled with sweetened ricotta cheese).

  3. Nature Tours: Sicily's geography is diversified, with steep mountains, breathtaking coasts, and lush valleys. Visitors may experience the island's natural splendor on guided hikes or bike trips, including the rocky peaks of Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, and the magnificent beaches and marine reserves along the coast.

Agritourism Tours: Sicily is also noted for its agricultural legacy, with traditional farms producing olive oil, almonds, citrus fruits, and more. Agritourism trips let visitors learn about traditional farming practices, sample local products, and experience the island's rural culture.

What is the food like in Sicily?

Sicily is famous for its cuisine, which is a fusion of flavours and techniques from the various cultures that have inhabited the island over the centuries. Local specialties include seafood, pasta, and pastries, as well as wines and liqueurs made from locally grown grapes. Some popular Sicilian dishes include pasta alla Norma, arancini (fried rice balls), and cannoli (sweet pastries filled with ricotta cheese).

What are the best beaches in Sicily?

Some of the best beaches in Sicily include Torre Salsa, Isola Bella, and San Vito Lo Capo. These beaches offer pristine sand, crystal clear waters, and beautiful natural surroundings for visitors to enjoy.

How many days should I spend in Sicily?

When planning a trip to Sicily, it is recommended to allow at least 5-7 days of exploration in order to truly experience all that this unique destination has to offer. Throughout this period, visitors could explore the grand cities of Palermo and Syracuse, marvel at the splendor of Agrigento's Greek temples, simply relax on one of the area's many beautiful beaches, or take a journey through its picturesque rural landscapes. Extended stays are also possible for those who want to take in even more of Sicily's splendor.

Are there any UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sicily?

Yes, Sicily has a total of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are the sites:

  1. Archaeological Area of Agrigento: This site consists of the ancient Greek city of Akragas, located in the southern part of Sicily.

  2. Archaeological Area of Syracuse: This site consists of the ancient Greek city of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily.

  3. Villa Romana del Casale: This site is a large Roman villa located in central Sicily. The villa is known for its well-preserved mosaics, considered some of the finest examples of Roman mosaic art in the world.

  4. Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: This site includes eight towns located in southeastern Sicily.

  5. Mount Etna: This site includes the highest active volcano in Europe, located on the eastern coast of Sicily.

  6. The Aeolian Islands: This site consists of seven volcanic islands located off the northeastern coast of Sicily.

  7. Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale: This site includes several historic buildings located in Palermo, Cefalù, and Monreale.

What are some must-visit places in Sicily?

Sicily has a wealth of stunning natural landscapes, historic sites, and cultural attractions. Here are some must-visit places in Sicily:

  1. Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, is a vibrant metropolitan area boasting an illustrious history and culture. Tourists can stroll the antique streets and alleyways, visit iconic sites such as the Norman Palace and Palermo Cathedral, and relish local delicacies.

  2. Taormina is a picturesque hilltop settlement along Sicily's eastern coastline with enthralling glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors may whimsically wander through its labyrinthine cobblestone paths and medieval remains and discover the ruins of an ancient Greek theater while unwinding on nearby lovely beaches.

  3. Agrigento, the ancient city home to the iconic Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers visitors a unique chance to marvel at some of the best-preserved classical Greek ruins in existence. Notable monuments include the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Hera, giving travelers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to soak up its majestic atmosphere.

  4. Mount Etna - Europe's highest active volcano - is another starkly impressive natural wonder not to be missed in Sicily. Its paradisiacal setting captivates adventurous tourists, including hikers who venture on guided treks up its summit and those who traverse its extensive lava fields. Adjoining this picturesque enclave lie various vineyards boasting some of Sicily's most sought-after wines.

  5. Syracuse: This ancient city was a major hub in the Greek world and abounds with cultural heritage. Tourists may wander the numerous archeological sites such as the awe-inspiring Greek theater or Roman amphitheater, not to mention taking a relaxing stroll on remarkable Ortigia island, renowned for its Baroque architecture and tranquil shorelines.

  6. Cefalù: Perched on Sicily's northern coast lies Cefalù - an enchanting small town graced by gorgeous beaches and medieval monuments. Visitors can meander through its quaint streets and alleys, gaze upon its Norman Cathedral's grandeur, or enjoy its pristine coast.

These are just a few of the many must-visit places in Sicily. Sicily is an incredible destination, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Visitors to the island are presented with a multitude of places that should not be missed. With countless options available for sightseeing and exploration, travelers can customize their itinerary to explore what Sicily offers.

Ultimately, the best way to experience Sicily is contingent upon one's personal preferences, budgetary constraints, and desired travel style. No matter which route is chosen, Sicily will offer a profound and unforgettable getaway.

When is the best time to visit Sicily?

Sicily is best visited between April and June, or September and October. The weather is temperate and pleasant during these months, and there are fewer crowds than during the busy summer season.

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