- The ancient city of Taormina
(inhabited since at least 832 BC), and its Teatro Greco (Greek
Theater). At the end of the eighteenth century, Johann Wolfang
Goethe came to this place during his “Journeys through Italy”
and was amazed and charmed by its beauty. After him came Guy
de Maupassant, and then many other intellectuals and artists,
from Henry Faulkner to Paul Klee, from Truman Capote to
Tennessee Williams, some of whom lived in Taormina for long
periods, increasing the city’s prestige and filling it with
legend. Hollywood was also enchanted by this “little piece of
paradise”: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich (who carried on
ignoring each other here too, due to their legendary rivalry),
Audrey Hepburn, Lana Turner and Liz Taylor who spent a stormy
honeymoon here with Richard Burton.
- Castelmola is perched
precariously above Taormina, occupying a strategic position.
Castelmola offers a balcony over Taormina and the bay of
Giardini Naxos and is framed by the mysterious and beautiful
active volcano, Mount Etna. It is considered one of the most
beautiful villages in Italy. Its narrow winding streets and
Olde world charm make Castelmola a destination for anyone
wishing to experience the enchanting beauty of Sicily from one
of its most spectacular villages. Enjoy a refreshing glass of
Vino di Mandorla (Almond Wine) at Bar Turrisi and be delighted
by its unique decor.
- Archaeological Park at Neapolis
Siracusa. Syracuse was founded by colonists from Corinth
in 735 B.C. and was once the most important competitor to
- Ortygia Island.
Corinthian colonists landed here in 734 B.C. and set up the
mainland city 4 years later. Ortygia is a tangled maze of
alleyways and refined piazzas - its skinny lanes are lined
with attractive palazzi, trattorias and cafes, and the central
square, Piazza del Duomo, is one of Sicily's most spectacular
piazzas. The area, accessed by Ponte Nuovo, is best explored
- Roman Villa of Casale
at Piazza Armerina - a lavish ancient villa decorated with the
finest Roman floor mosaics in existence. The villa, sumptuous
even by decadent Roman standards, is thought to have been the
country retreat of Marcus Aurelius Maximianus, Rome's
co-emporer during the reign of Diocletian (AD 286-305).
Following a landslide in the 12th century, the villa lay under
10m of mud for some 700 years, and was thus protected from the
damaging effects of air, wind, and rain.
- Valley of the Temples in
Agrigento - one of the most important archeological sites in
the world, and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998.
- City of Palermo - 3000 years
old. Founded by the Phoenicians, ruled by the Carthaginians,
Greeks, Arabs, Normans, and Byzantines, Romans, ...
- Capo Market -
dates from the 9th century Seracen rule of the island, which
explains their striking similarity to Arab souqs.
- Piazza Pretoria
- fringed by imposing churches and buildings, but is visually
dominated by over-the-top Fontana Pretoria.
- Quattro Canti
- the busy intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via
Maqueda that marks the center of Palermo. Completed in 1625,
each facade of the four corners is decorated with three
statues representing a season of the year, a monarch, and a
- Erice, a midieval town settled
by the Elymians. It was an important religious site associated
with the goddess Venus.
- Trapani Salt Pans
- the salt from these marshes is considered the best in Italy
and has been big business since the 12th century; now,
however, only a cottage industry remains.
Olive Oil factory and farmhouse, for a "light" lunch.
- Donnafugata Winery
- Monreale Cathedral was
built from 1174 to 1185. It was commissioned by William II
(1154-89), the Norman ruler of Sicily, who wished to
demonstrate the magnificence of his kingdom and outdo the
splendid Palatine Chapel built by his grandfather, Roger II.
The project employed both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen,
resulting in a magnificent fusion of eastern and western
- Cefalu - of Greek foundation,
the city evidently derived its name from its situation on a
lofty and precipitous rock, forming a bold headland (Κεφαλὴ)
projecting into the sea. Every year it attracts millions of
tourists from all parts of Sicily and also, from all over
Italy and Europe. In summer the population can triple.
- Sciacca - a beautiful
seaport town founded by the Greeks during their colonization
of Sicily almost 3,000 years ago (7th century BC). It is
located on the southwest coast of the island in the province
of Agrigento. The Greeks who settled the neighboring town of
Selinunte came to Sciacca to use its thermal springs, which
were known for their medicinal value. It is also the ancestral
home of the Cular's (Ciulla's), Margiotta's, Montalbano's,
Scaturro's, Catanzaro's, Curreri's, ... who emigrated to the