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Holiday in Sicily: explore this Italian island

"Have you made up your mind?", Gianni asked. A holiday on Sicily isn’t complete without tasting the authentic cuisine! I looked up from the menu. There was so much choice and I wanted to try it all. A smile appeared on his face when he saw my expression. ‘Can’t choose, can you?’ I looked at him, laughed, and decided to go for his recommendation: pasta alla Norma. I can see why so many Italians love Sicilian cuisine. Their dishes are at least as tasteful as the island itself and just have to be part of your fly & drive holiday on Sicily!

Small-scale hotels & apartments on Sicily

Because my small-scale recommendations are scattered across the island, this is a perfect destination to explore by car. I love staying at an agriturismo, a typical Italian holiday property in the countryside for a lovely holiday on a farm. Or a holiday home with a swimming pool where you get to enjoy the wonderful temperature and the occasional refreshing dip! This part of Italy breathes a warm atmosphere, which makes it extremely romantic and perfect for a honeymoon. And if you’re looking to spend a school holiday away from home, why not take your kids to a tenuta or masseria? Are you looking to completely escape the masses? Be sure to visit my hidden gems.

My small-scale recommendations in this stunning part of the Mediterranean have limited availability and tend to be fully booked in advance. Do you want to book a holiday to Sicily? Be sure to secure your unique stay away from the masses in time! Are you looking to spend a week away from home on short notice? Check out my last minutes to Italy or be one of the first to experience my latest discoveries.

Fly & Drive on Sicily

Good to know: my flying holidays to Sicily always include a rental car and a place to stay.

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Attractions on Sicily

Sicily is also known as the island with the three points. Located in the south of Italy , it is one of the largest Italian islands, as is Sardinia. The famous towns of Palermo and Syracuse and the Etna volcano trigger the imagination and are well worth a visit. I always love coming back to these places before continuing my search for undiscovered locations. The island boasts Roman amphitheatres, rugged natural reserves, a valley of temples and fascinating cities. There is so much beauty on Sicily, you just can’t get around it! Taormina is another fascinating authentic city with a lot of Roman influences. A true joy to stroll around. In the south west of the island, you'll find an impressive baroque city called Noto. Definitely worth a visit to marvel at the remarkable architectural style.

Culinary trip on Sicily

Italian cuisine is full of unique flavours and aromas. After a day filled with culture or nature, the Sicilian cuisine will continue to satisfy your curiosity. While Umbrian food is all about game, fish takes the central stage in Sicily. Of course, local restaurants also serve all kinds of traditional pasta. A famous dish called Pasta Con Le Sarde celebrates the island’s delicious sardines. Definitely a favourite of mine, especially with some Sicilian wine. For dessert, I like to order Granita to complete my culinary adventure for the day. These snow cones come in all kinds of delicious flavours.

The weather: from Sicily with love

Sicilian summers are nice and warm. The island is occasionally visited by Saharan winds causing the temperature to rise to over 40 degrees. With a coastline of around 1,000 km, Sicily is a great destination for a beach holiday. What a lovely feeling to dip my feet into the Mediterranean Sea after a walk in the sand. I prefer to stay at a small-scale location during my sun holidays on Sicily and like to satisfy my curiosity by making a tour of the island. Winter holidays are a bit different; you'll even find snow high up on the Etna volcano. Other than that, winters are mild with an average temperature around 14 degrees. Do make sure to pack a warm sweater.