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The largest island in the Mediterranean and the proud home of Europe's largest active volcano is famous for its clear blue skies, mild winter climate and a remarkably fertile land.

Sicily is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and it should be experienced, discovered and understood through a series of itineraries dedicated to your areas of interest, ranging from nature to history and various traditions. The island has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine and architecture, and it is also a home to important archaeological and ancient sites.(source – +


Bursting Spectacle of Zestful Living

Sicily’s amazing beauties and its excellent strategic position have historically attracted many great civilizations moving around the area, however the undisputed ruler of this great noble land has undoubtedly been the Mediterranean Sea. Even though it is barely separated from the Apennine Peninsula by the narrow Strait of Messina, Sicily has managed to preserve an utterly distinctive and widely recognizable culture and its unique way of living. The island captivates with its bursting spectacle of sights and sounds, offering bountiful nature’s gifts to its extraordinary people, whose zest for life sparkles in their gleeful eyes and beams in their radiant smiles! (autorski tekst)

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Fascination of Human Spirit

Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land of fertile fields, roaring mountains, rolling hills and the crystal-clear sea, with the beauty of its seabed inferior to none. This insular paradise, with the earliest archaeological evidence of human activity as early as 12,000 BC, was therefore previously settled by the Siculi, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Spaniards and Bourbons, among others. Come and explore their lasting legacy among spectacular ancient sites that fascinate spirit and intrigue mind! (autorski tekst + +

When to Visit

Whatever You Do, from February to October You Will Not Rue

Sicily is a tourist island enjoyable all year round, so many choose to visit in winter months to escape the bitter cold winters of the north and immerse themselves in the local culture of the mild environment. Marine lovers will be able to fully enjoy the sea from mid-May to mid-October, and many ethnic and religious festivals in spring and autumn are an interesting way of discovering the most intriguing villages of the island. (source –

Key Events

Events in Sicily

Slice of Nostalgia

Appellation of Honour

The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was the largest of the states of Italy before the Italian unification. It was formed as a union of the Kingdom of Sicily and the Kingdom of Naples, which collectively had long been called the “Two Sicilies”. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, with the capitals in Naples and in Palermo, lasted from 1815 until 1860, when it was annexed by the Kingdom of Sardinia to form the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. (source –

What to do

What to do in Sicily?

Local Flavours

Gustation of Gourmet Gifts

Much of the island’s cuisine encourages the use of fresh vegetables such as eggplant, peppers and tomatoes, and fish such as tuna, sea bream, sea bass, cuttlefish, and swordfish. The use of apricots, sugar, citrus, sweet melons, rice, saffron, raisins, nutmeg, clove, pepper, pine nuts and cinnamon is a sign of Arab influences, the fondness for meat dishes comes from Normans and Hohenstaufen, and the Spanish introduced numerous items from the New World, including cocoa, maize, peppers, turkey, and tomatoes and other produce. (source –

  • Bronte Pistachio

    A tasty delicacy enveloped in a light, bright green hue, the Bronte Pistachio is good on its own, or when used in both savoury and sweet recipes. Whether fresh or dried, it is perhaps the most precious ingredient in Sicilian cuisine and symbolizes its town of origins, Bronte, in the Province of Catania. Indeed, the pistachio is so important to Bronte’s economy that it has long been graced with the nickname “green gold.” (source –

  • Sicilian Olives

    In Sicily you’ll find an abundance of olive trees, always planted in perfectly spaced and well-groomed patterns. It is no surprise that you will find olives in numerous Sicilian dishes, as the extra virgin olive oil is still one of the most important agricultural products in Sicily. After about five years the trees begin to bear fruit and the main types are green, dark and brown olives. (source –

  • Citrus Fruits

    Sicily is the main citrus growing region in Italy, with 60% of its total cultivated surface. Different from one territorial area to another, they are the symbol of great biodiversity, a plural heritage of taste and nutritional properties and an endless gift of Mother Nature. (source –
Local Cousine

Festival of Fusion Cuisine

Sicilian cuisine shows traces of all the cultures that established themselves on the island over the last two millennia. Although its cuisine has a lot in common with Italian cuisine, Sicilian food also has Greek, Spanish, French and Arab influences. In every corner of the island, food is an art and culture. Unmissable delights, festivals and parties, organized to celebrate the grandest of products, are spread throughout the entire island. (source – +

Did you know?

First-Ever Cookbook

The Sicilian cook Mithaecus, born during 5th century BC, is credited with having brought knowledge of Sicilian gastronomy to Greece. His cookbook was the first in Greek, therefore he was the earliest credited cookbook author in any language. (source –

Where to Stay?

Idyllic Authenticity of Accommodation

Accented by towering Doric temples, ancient amphitheatres and sweeping coastal views, it is hardly surprising that Sicily has become such a sought-after destination. An idyllic Italian break, the island is filled with accommodation options from clifftop villas to rustic farmhouses, boutique hotels to beachfront B&Bs. Set amongst fragrant citrus groves and old fishing villages, relaxation and culture are found in equal measures in this fascinating corner of Southern Italy. (source –

How to Get There?

Arrive by Plane or Ferry, Admire with Train or Vehicle

  • Plane
    There are six main airports on Sicily (Catania, Palermo, Trapani and Comiso having the international ones) and several smaller airfields catering to general aviation, collectively handling around 15 million passengers yearly. The biggest is in Catania, with over seven million passengers yearly being the 6th busiest airport in Italy. (source –
  • Car
    Highways have recently been built and expanded in the last four decades. The most prominent Sicilian roads are the motorways (known as autostrada) running through the northern section of the island. Much of the motorway network is elevated by columns due to the mountainous terrain of the island. Plans for a bridge linking Sicily to the mainland have been discussed since 1865. Throughout the last decade, plans were developed for a road and rail link to the mainland via what would be the world’s longest suspension bridge, the Strait of Messina Bridge. (source –
  • Ship
    Sicily is served by several ferry routes and cargo ports, and in all major cities cruise ships dock on a regular basis. Ports connecting to the mainland are Messina (route to Villa San Giovanni and Salerno), the busiest passenger port in Italy, Palermo (routes to Genoa, Civitavecchia and Naples) and Catania (route to Naples). From Palermo and Trapani there are weekly services to Tunisia and there is also a daily service between Malta and Pozzallo. Several touristic ports along the Sicilian coast are in the service of private boats that need to moor on the island. Palermo is also a major centre for the Boat Rental l with or without crew in the Mediterranean. (source –
  • Railroad
    The first railway in Sicily was opened in 1863 and today all of the Sicilian provinces are served by a network of railway services, linking to most major cities and towns. Of the 1,378 km of railway tracks in use, over 60% has been electrified, whilst the remaining 583 km are serviced by diesel engines. The two main routes Messina-Palermo and Messina-Catania-Syracuse, but from the major cities of Sicily there are also services to Naples and Rome, achieved by the trains being loaded onto ferries crossing to the mainland. In Catania there is an underground railway service and in Palermo a commuter rail. Of the narrow gauge railways, only one still operates, going round Mount Etna. (source –

Tips & Hints

Practical Tips

Browse online for excellent and comprehensive aivalable brochures that cover various points of interests, including the great arts and culture, rich world-class heritage, splendid reserves and protected areas, amazing beaches and exciting sports, and inspiring idiosyncrasies of the local way of life. (source –

Sicily’s beaches can be less crowded than you might expect. From the end of August onwards, when all the locals go back to work and school, they are practically deserted; yet the sun continues to blaze down and the water remains very warm throughout September and well into October. Some very affordable holiday rental apartments in Sicily come with direct access to the sea or even their own private beach, which may be just what you need for your dream holiday. (source –

Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe dominates the entire region with its impressive size. Its spectacular eruptions of fiery lava flows are a unique destination for summer hikers, who visit the active craters in the summit areas. Etna however offers the surprising opportunity of practising winter sports too, for a couple of months becoming a skiing paradise just a few kilometres from the sea. (source –

For detailed information on a variety of subjects that enhance your overall experience, offers comprehensive and practical tips on what and where to do when in Sicily.

There are several other great websites besides the official website of the Tourist Board of Sicily, and some of the most informative ones are:,,,,,,

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