Tucked away at the foot of Italy, Sicily is nevertheless the largest region of Italy and it is also the third most densely populated.
Whilst Sicily has made a lot of headlines in the past due to its fierce mafia connections and everyone has heard of the rumblings of Mount Etna, the island has a lot to offer as a travel destination. Sicily has over 2,000 years of history and past domination by many different rulers from the Greeks to the Romans, Byzantines, the Arabs, Normans and the Spanish, all of whom have their mark on the island and contributed to the rich archeological heritage and interesting mix of customs and culture.
Sicily has the highest average hours of sunshine in the whole of Europe and it’s vast coastline is home to many magnificent beaches. So whether you’re looking for history, culture or sun, sand and sea, Sicily has them all.
Tour Route of Sicily
Our tour route of Sicily starts at Taormina from where excursions are made to Mount Etna and Syracuse. Being fans of Inspector Montalbano, we took time to travel down to Ragusa to search out the sites where the series was filmed. We couldn’t believe our luck when we were invited into the town hall and the mayor’s office which serves as the police commissioner’s office in the series!
Having fulfilled our search for Montalbano, we travel from Taormina to Piazza Armerina in central Sicily to see the famous Villa Romana del Casale. From Piazza Armerina, we head west to Agrigento, then north to Selinunte, Erice and Palermo.