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Sicily

Sicily
The Essential

Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island and quite simply outstanding.
Bathed in sunshine, its coast is lined in sandy beaches, tiny creeks and sheer cliffs and dotted with islets rich in colour and heady scents. The landscape is truly breathtaking and will often stop you dead in your tracks, as you venture from the heights of Etna to the sublime site of Taormina, on to Palermo, its bustling capital overflowing with charm and Syracuse, whose splendour and serenity are often unsettling.
Seaside resorts give way to temples overgrown with vegetation and basking in the sunshine, the stucco of baroque palaces alternates with mosaics in Roman villas, while the high plateaux riddled with gorges are carpeted in thick forest.
Along your way, you will soon become familiar with the mouthwatering aroma of aromatic herbs, dried tomatoes, fresh bread and pasta con le sarde (sardine paté).

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Sicily

Taormina Greek Theatre Taormina Greek Theatre
Taormina Greek Theatre
Taormina
1:30
Etna Etna
Etna
Nicolosi
2:00
Parlermo Cappella Palatina Parlermo Cappella Palatina
Parlermo Cappella Palatina
Palermo
1:00
Aeolian or Lipari Islands Aeolian or Lipari Islands
Aeolian or Lipari Islands
4:00
Monreale Cathedral (Duomo) Monreale Cathedral (Duomo)
Monreale Cathedral (Duomo)
Monreale
1:00
Casale Roman Villa Casale Roman Villa
Casale Roman Villa
Piazza-Armerina
1:30

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Off the beaten track in Sicily: the taste of its savours, the smell of its history

Most tour operators bring tourists to Cefalù, Taormina, Syracuse, or to the foot of Mount Etna. However far from the conventional routes lies the north-west of Sicily, a fascinating region with a rich culinary tradition. Mazara del Vallo, Erice and the historic city of Marsala, famous for its wine, are the main stopovers on this still little known gastronomic route.
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