The island of Sicily is a destination of exceptional contrasts, harboring something for every member of your travel entourage, from delicious food, beautiful beaches and charming fishing villages, to impressive architectural gems, smoldering volcanoes and bustling cities. In order to help maximize your time in Sicily, Auto Europe has put together a list of Sicily's top attractions.
As one of the most active volcanoes in Europe, it may seem unlikely that thrill seekers would be able to ski on Mount Etna, but during the winter months, travelers are able to do just that! Since ancient times, Mount Etna has been considered a sacred mountain, and no matter what season you'll be traveling in, the mountain offers stunning panoramas of the eastern Sicilian landscape. Although getting close to the mountain's craters is a truly exhilarating experience, access is not always allowed due to the volcanoes activity. When the conditions are appropriate, travelers are able to participate in hikes of varying degrees of difficulty where they are able to get as close as a 90 minutes' walk from the top.
Continue your quest for adventure in Sicily as you island hop in the Aeolian Islands. Climb to the top of Monte Fossa delle Felci, the highest point in the Aeolians for jaw-dropping views over captivating cobalt seas. As a welcome contrast to days filled with snorkeling, diving and water sports, rest and relaxation is also on the horizon on the islands. Several islands have no electricity or running water, but they are a tranquil haven for anyone who appreciates beautiful scenery complimented by peace and quiet.
Situated in the southeastern corner of Sicily, Syracuse is one of the main historic cities on the island. Once rivaling Athens, a visit to Syracuse is a unique experience for travelers, as it is known for its rich Greek history. The city was the birthplace of Archimedes and also harbors the ruins of the Temple of Athena. Visit the Syracuse Archaeological Park and see the impressive Greek amphitheater. Visitors to the park will also see a first century Roman amphitheater, as well as the remains of the altar of Hieron.
A true taste for Sicilian life can be found inside Palermo's street markets. Locals and visitors alike come to these markets to browse through handmade wares and shop for locally harvested vegetables, freshly caught fish and fine selections of breads and cheeses. As you stroll through the narrow streets, make note of Palermo's abundance of Arab-Norman architecture.
Use your car rental to drive from Palermo west, seemingly back in time. Western Sicily is a dreamlike destination, brimming with glistening seas, fiery hills and patchwork hillsides with mountain towns practically touching the sky. On this part of the island, travelers are just a short drive away from surviving remains of some of the world's most sacred places. There are various guided tours to these temple ruins offering a wealth of local history, as well as one-of-a-kind photo opportunities of the region's breathtaking landscapes.