Top 10 Travel Destinations in Sicily, Italy according to Rough Guides
10. Aegadian Islands
The Aegadian Islands are a group of small mountainous islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the northwest coast of Sicily, Italy, near the cities of Trapani and Marsala, with a total area of 37.45 square kilometres. The overall population in 1987 was estimated at about 5,000. Winter frost is unknown and rainfall is low. The main occupation of the islanders is fishing, and the largest tuna fishery in Sicily is here.
9. Valle dei Templi, Agrigento
The Valle dei Templi is an archaeological site in Agrigento. It is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. The area was included in the UNESCO Heritage Site list in 1997.
8. Monti Madonie
The Madonie are one of the principal mountain groups in Sicily, part of the Sicilian portion of the Apennines. It is located in Palermo Province. Apart from Mount Etna, it includes the highest elevations in Sicily: the highest peak of the range is the Pizzo Carbonara (1,979 m), followed by closely neighbouring Pizzo Antenna (1,977 m).
7. Aeolian Islands
The Aeolian islands (Isole Eolie) are a group of attractive islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 25-50km north of Sicily in Italy. Formerly off the beaten track, this diverse group of volcanic islands is becoming more popular and can be very busy during July and August.
6. Duomo, Cefalu
Cefalù is a fishing village and popular beach resort on the north coast of Sicily, Italy. Cathedral (Duomo) dominates the centre of town. It is the site of Byzantine mosaics different from the Norman/Arab ones at Monreale.
Monreale is a town and comune in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, Italy, on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooking the very fertile valley called “La Conca d’oro” (the Golden Shell), famed for its orange, olive and almond trees, the produce of which is exported in large quantities. The town has a population of approximately 30,000, and it is located 15 kilometressouth of Palermo.
4. Ragusa Ibla
Ragusa Ibla hosts a wide array of Baroque architecture, including several stunning palaces and churches. The Cathedral of San Giorgio was built starting in 1738 by architect Rosario Gagliardi, in substitution of the temple destroyed by the 1693 earthquake, and of which only a Catalan-Gothyic style portal can still be seen.
3. Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro
Riserva naturale dello zingaro (Zingaro Nature reserve) is the first natural reserve that has been set up in Sicily in May 1981. It stretches along about 7 kilometers of unspoilt coastline of the Gulf of Castellammare and its mountain chain which is the setting of little bays and steep cliffs.
Syracuse is a medium sized city in Sicily, Italy with an interesting mixture of ancient and modern. Syracuse is a city on the eastern coast of Sicily and the capital of the province of Syracuse, Italy. It was once described by Cicero as “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.”
Lampedusa is the largest island of the Italian Pelagie Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Lampedusa, which has an area of 20.2 square kilometres (7.8 sq mi), has a population of approximately 4,500 people. Its main industries are fishing, agriculture, and tourism. In 2013, Rabbit Beach, located in the southern part of the island, was voted the world’s best beach by travel site TripAdvisor.