Sicily is a gorgeous island set in the Mediterranean Sea amid a number of other, smaller islands. Many people refer to Sicily as the soccer ball to Italy’s boot shape. From coastal beauty to the tip of Mount Etna, Sicily is chock full of things and experiences that delight traveler’s and locals alike.
Historical Landmark Events
Catania is a great place to see if you are into historical landmarks. Many empires have taken this jewel of a place as their prize throughout the years. It has belonged to Spaniards, Normans, Arabs, Romans and Greeks among others.
However, the ever present danger isn’t the conquering hordes but is the infamous Mount Etna. Mount Etna is the largest volcano in all of Europe and it also happens to be the most active. In 1693, Etna destroyed Catania.
When you are wandering around Catania is you look closely at buildings (baroque) that date back to just after the devastation that Mount Etna wrought, you will be able to see how creatively the builders used the lava in the architecture.
What Sicily is Known For
Aside from being the home of the Mafia, the food and wine are also part of what makes Sicily famous. Sicilian cuisine is sort of like the Mediterranean diet and consists of more than just pasta and pizza.
They have tastings there for olive oils and there are pen air markets where you can get such delicacies as artichokes, cheeses, wild game and more. This doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Let’s just say that Sicilian food is varied and delicious.
A Day in the Life
If you are in Sicily in the months of April through June or September and October, then you will have the best of weather. The temperatures at that time are rather mild and it isn’t the peak tourist season.
July and August are incredibly hot and this is when most of the tourists are visiting. During the winter, Sicily gets an increased amount of rain and the weather is cool.
On any given day when the weather is warm, you will find people basking in the sun and enjoying the clear, refreshing water at Rabbit Beach.
The Temple of Concord and the Cathedral of Monreale are also gorgeous attractions that even the locals are known to visit regularly. Since it is an island, some people spend every day on a boat too.
Sicily is a wonderful place to visit and living there would be an amazing experience. From the stunning vistas to the gorgeous historical architecture, there is always something to do or see.