A twin combination of ancient history and undiscovered ‘interior’ Italy
Make Sicily a haven for visitors seeking sun, scenery and swimming that’s a little off the beaten track – but increasingly popular. Whether your taste is for the beach life of Cefalu or the magnificent temples of Agrigento, there’s a corner of this magical island with your name on it.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||3 hours 30|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 21.4°C
Rainfall: 386.2mm a year
Take a trip to the perfectly preserved Greco-Roman theatre at Taormina, with Mount Etna looming menacingly in the distance.
Must eat at:
Ristorante Duomo in Ragusa sounds Italian to the bone – and it is, with compliments and accolades aplenty to accompany its price tag. Go for a thoroughly fresh take on superb Italian flavours.
Must be there for:
The Acireale Carnival (in 2009 between 7 and 14 February) is one of the island’s finest, with the full mix of processions, re-enactments and live music.
- Look closely down the teeming side streets of Sicily’s cities – Catania, Messina and Palermo – for hidden churches, piazzas and fountains you won’t always find in the guidebooks.
- Venture to the north of Sicily and spend a day (or three) on the beautiful Aeolian Islands of Lipari, Stromboli and Vulcano and more – which are all small but rather attractive.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy.
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