My Favourite Things to Do In Sicily

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  • Author Graham Urquhart
  • Published May 7, 2012
  • Word count 436

Truly unspoilt!

That is the only way I can describe Sicily, one of my favourite holiday destinations in the world. The combination of stunning scenery, wide range of activities, enviable climate, friendly locals and excellent cuisine, make Sicily one best places to enjoy a week or two. In the following article I would like to discuss some of my favourite things to do while on holiday on Sicily.

Sample The Local Wine

Sicily is a famous wine-producing region, so one of the best ways to spend a day in Sicily is by indulging in some wine-tasting and a tour of a vineyard. If you are an absolute novice or fancy yourself as a bit of a wine connoisseur you could take a wine-tasting course and learn all about the region’s best grape varieties, such as the Nero d’Avola red grape and the Inzolia white grape. The towns of Messina, Marasala, Noto and Ragusa are some of the most popular wine towns in Sicily.

Visit Ancient Sites and Ruins

If you love exploring archaeological ruins and historic sites, Sicily is the place for you. Sicily contains some of the finest examples of archaeological ruins in the world. I recommend that all history enthusiasts visit Agrigento to witness classic Greek architecture at the Valley of the Temples and then head to Taormina to watch film or theater events in the ancient Greek theatre. Syracuse is famous for its role in Greek mythology and was once a mighty city which rivalled Athens. At Syracuse you will find 6th century ancient ruins as well as the Temple of Apollo and the Doric temple. For a more unnerving experience, investigate the Catacombs of the Capuchins, where around 8,000 bodies are buried in underground passageways beneath the city of Palermo.

Immerse Yourself In The Godfather Films

For something a bit more quirky and off-the-wall, you can go on the Godfather Sicily Tour which takes you to various locations used in the movie. You’ll be taken to Savoca and Bar Vitelli, which has a collection of photographs from scenes in The Godfather II. You’ll then go to the medieval hamlet of Forza D’Agro, which was used for scenes in The Godfather III.

Mount Etna

No trip to Sicily would be complete without a tour of Mount Etna and I personally recommend that you climb to the top to get the full experience. In addition, the mountainous landscape of Sicily also makes it a good destination choice for people who like adventure sports such as hiking, walking, cycling, climbing and there are even opportunities for skiing during the winter months.

This author recommends Riviera Travel for tours of Sicily. They have been carefully creating unique escorted tours and guided tours for over 27 years.

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