Complete with clear blue skies and turquoise waters, spending time in Sicily gives visitors the opportunity to experience an exotic paradise, while also offering a powerful glimpse into what life was like for ancient Mediterranean civilizations. World-renowned Sicilian restaurants, premier shopping, lush landscapes and ancient history are waiting for you in Sicily! Auto Europe helps you fill your days with fun activities in this page dedicated the top things to see and do in Sicily.
Summer is one of the best times to visit Italy and the stretches of beach in Sicily are some of the most diverse on the planet, boasting various pebbly shores, along with both black-sand beaches, as well as expanses of crisp white sand. Sicily's iconic black-beaches can be found on the tiny Aeolian Islands, just north of Sicily, which serve as a legacy of years of volcanic activity. Enthusiasts of watersports will appreciate the average wind conditions in the lagoon between Trapani and Marsala, and will find this area perfect for kite surfing and wind surfing.
The dead are very much alive in Sicily, and walking through the catacombs is one of the most unique things to do in Sicily. When you walk through any of the catacombs in Syracuse and make your way through winding tunnels, you're able to see expanses of empty coffins that were looted long ago by grave robbers. Underneath the former church of St. John is the Crypt of St. Marcian, which was constructed on the spot where the martyr was allegedly killed. All that remains of the church above are the roofless Norman walls and half of a former apse, which are both overgrown. When touring catacombs in Palermo, you'll not only hear stories of the island's unique embalming techniques, you'll also get to see mummified bodies up close.
Boasting one of the oldest culinary traditions known to man, when traveling in Sicily, the local cuisine is not to be missed. From Michelin-starred restaurants to quaint mountain eateries, the list of places to eat in Sicily is extensive. Many restaurants offer unique dishes prepared with succulent swordfish that was caught in the Strait of Messina, as well as local favorites like fresh mussels, squid, shrimp, and tuna. Don't be afraid to think outside of the box when dining in Sicily, some of the best culinary finds don't necessarily have to be world renowned; there are chefs throughout the island who are doing creative things with local ingredients.
Not only is Sicily famous for its traditional dining delicacies, the island is also celebrated for its desserts. From the cannoli with its delicate pastry shell to some of the finest gelato in all of Italy, there is a sweet treat that will satisfy practically every palate in Sicily. It might be hard to picture yourself saving room for Sicilian sweets after enjoying a delicious meal, but don't be surprised if you are offered a free dessert after you're finished. This polite gesture is only one small part of a long history of Sicilian hospitality.
A recent revival in wine production throughout Sicily has cultivated an array of boutique wineries producing top-tier vintages, which makes bringing home a bottle to enjoy at a later date, or purchasing a bottle for a friend back home a wonderful option. While driving around Sicily, stop in Catania to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of Caltagirone pottery, decorated with intricate shapes and bright colors. No trip to Sicily would be complete without visiting Mount Etna, and what could be a better souvenir than taking part of Europe's tallest volcano home with you? Throughout Catania, there are shops selling hand-crafted Etna lava stone items like jewelry and decorative vases.