Explore Sicily

Explore Sicily

In 1787, after visiting Sicily, Goethe famously wrote “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”

Whole books have been written about Italy’s largest island, so rich is its 14,000 year history, but there are some things that immediately spring to mind when mentioning it. Sicily is an island of colour, Baroque architecture, sprawling beaches, the scent of lemon and orange blossom, a long and illustrious history, and mouth-watering food.

Whether you are a nature lover or a history buff, a fan of the outdoors or a sun worshipper, there are so many options that you will find it hard to choose how to spend your time on the island. With the port of Augusta being conveniently located between Catania and Siracusa, the options are many.

Attractions in Sicily

Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, is also called the Lava Stone City. Its tenacious inhabitants overcame disaster more than once throughout history but, most incredibly, rebuilt the city when it was destroyed by an eruption of neighbouring Etna in 1669. Not only did they rebuild it, but they did so using the very same lava stone that had destroyed it. Ingenious. Its buildings might lack colour, but Catania is as lively a city as they come. Whether you choose to roam around its historic centre while eating a granita, stop for a spot of shopping, or take your time sampling the delicious food at a typical rosticceria, Catania will have you charmed in no time.

To the South of Augusta is Siracusa

To the South of Augusta is Siracusa, a city best known for its unique historical heritage. Full of ancient ruins from the Greek and Roman eras, it is also a delightful city brimming with charm. Its historical centre, the island of Ortigia, is connected to the mainland by a bridge. There you can visit the outdoor market, its famous Piazza del Duomo, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sit down for a hearty meal while watching the world go by, or walk through its winding streets, camera in hand.

A town not to be missed

Another town that should not be missed is Taormina. Just over an hour’s drive from Augusta, it is a tourist magnet, and with good reason. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, it was one of the unmissable pit stops of the Grand Tour that 17th century aristocrats used to embark on throughout Europe. Apart from its multitude of churches and ancient ruins, many restaurants, wine tasting tours and boat trips, it has beaches with the clearest of waters where you can enjoy a refreshing gelato al pistacchio while catching some rays.

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Sports, Recreation and Leisure

Sicily is the perfect fit for lovers of the outdoors. Sports enthusiasts can practice all sorts of activities ranging from water sports to winter sports and air sports, while the more relaxed visitors are spoilt for choice. Sicily is a gastronomical heaven, is rich in natural beauty that combines woods, seaside towns and Etna’s slopes, and it oozes character. The island has, quite simply, the best of all worlds.

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History and Culture

Few places in the world can boast a historical heritage as rich as Sicily’s. With a history going back to the Paleolithic period, it is not surprising that every town and village goes back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Ideally, anyone with an interest in history and culture would spend a few days visiting just the east coast of Sicily, but for those who only have a day or two at their disposal, some sites are simply unmissable.