Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas. Sicily lies to the south of the country and just a short distance from the African coast.
A long history of invasion and conquest has resulted in a lavish mixed heritage: Greek, Arab, Roman, Norman. This wide range of influences can be detected in the island’s architecture, landscape and culture, and has blended to make Sicily a thoroughly unique destination.There are many incredible reasons to visit Sicily including the wonderful weather, the resplendent scenery and the delicious food. The best reasons to go on vacation to Sicily could be the history, or the beaches.
There are around 280 stunning beaches on Sicily – in all forms, town beaches, beaches in National Parks, tiny coves and inlets, and sweeping swathes of golden sand. Home to Europe’s tallest active volcano, Sicily is a mountainous island with rugged landscapes tamed by centuries of cultivation and deforestation. The range of cultures that have dominated the island over its long history have left their mark as well, and while rumbling Mount Etna remains a strong tourist draw, many visitors come to Sicily to explore its diverse array of archeological wonders.
Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna has shown its temper at regular intervals for for about 300,000 years—according to mythology, Zeus imprisoned Typhon, “the father of all monsters,” beneath it. Frequent eruptions have raised its peak high above the surrounding plain, and today it soars nearly 11,000 feet in the air with no foothills in sight.
Already for centuries it has been called “Island of the Sun” and is characterized by the subtropical climate with the hot summers and mild winters. Sicily boasts the unique beauty of the landscape, nice beaches, a number of ancient monuments, among which are also well-preserved Greek temples and original buildings from the Norman period.