The unmissable Sicily – 10 things to do if you are in the island

Every season and every month, every week and almost every day in Sicily you can find things to do that you will remember for your lifetime.

Here at SicilyLife we wanted to list 10 of the unmissable places and things to do if you happen to be in the middle of the Mediterranean!

Here we go:

  1. Visit the Valley of the Temples; on the southern coast of Sicily lie the ruins of an ancient Greek colony once called Akragas – nowadays Agrigento – with their stunning temples dating more than 2500 years. It is considered to be the largest archeological area of the world!

    Valle Dei Templi - pictures taken from Flickr and made by Jos Dielis and Alessandro Ceci

    Particulars from the Valley of the Temples – Photos taken from Flickr

  2. Take a walk in one of the historical markets of Catania or Palermo. With lots of things to do, the biggest cities of Sicily also offer the exciting opportunity of diving into local markets.
    A young vendor at the historical market of Catania

    A young vendor at the historical market of Catania

    A typical sicilian cart in its modern version

    A typical sicilian cart in its modern version

  3. Climb the three volcanoes of the region: Sicily has three active volcanoes! The biggest being Etna, lying just over Catania, the second most visited is Stromboli and the third is Lipari . You will be spoiled for choice!

    The Etna with snow and a giant mushroom cell cloud

    The Etna with snow and a giant mushroom cell cloud

  4. Eat. That’s all.

    1) Arancine: even if they are mostly knowned as fast food than street food, the arancine represent the emblem of Sicilian low-cost food, they are stuffed rice balls with a core of ragù or mozzarella-ham-bechamel, covered with breadcrumbs and then fried. Arancine become arancini in the East of Sicily, they take a conic shape and their stuffing change according to the creativity of the maker; the most popular flavours are with aubergine, pistachios, butter, mushrooms, courgettes and spinach - for the brave tourists, some rotisserie are selling also arancini with Nutella - It's 500 calories concentrated in something your taste buds would never be able to forget!

    A bunch of Arancine/i – the most typical food from Sicily

  5. Fall in love with one of the magic sunsets of the island.

    Sunset from the hill of Erice looking towards the Egadi Islands and Trapani

    Sunset from the hill of Erice looking towards the Egadi Islands and Trapani

  6. Walk through the baroque centre of Siracusa; the ancient greek town has been destroyed by a tremendous earthquake in 1693, but the rests of this ancient culture can still be seen in the columns that bear the roof of the central duomo.

    The Piazza Duomo in Siracusa

    The Piazza Duomo in Siracusa

  7. Dive into the Caribbean-like beaches of Favignana – one of the Egadi Islands at the western point of Sicily.

    Crystal clear waters of Favignana

    Crystal clear waters of Favignana

  8. Take a look at Ragusa Ibla by night, from one of the balconies of the historical centres.

    Ragusa_Ibla_phantom65_Flickr

    Ragusa is not just amazing panoramas, it also includes a vibrant nightlife with lots of things to do!

  9. Visit the Cappella Palatina: the most precious treasure of Palermo. You will feel like floating in a golden cloud full of mosaics, paintings and sculptures. Can’t miss this one!

    Internal view of the Cappella Palatina

    Internal view of the Cappella Palatina

  10.  Indulge in a wine tasting session with some of the best wines of the world.

    Wine tasting in Marsala

    Wine tasting is one of the best things to do while visiting Sicily

Each of these unmissable things to do is connected to the other; you can taste a good wine while looking at the sunset on a terrazza in the Piazza Duomo of Siracusa, or you could enjoy an almond-milk granita from the top of an active volcano. You chose how to thrill yourself with Sicily!

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