What to See in Sicily, Italy
Sicilians are proud of their historic heritage, and that heritage includes a rich history.
The first settlers in Sicily were originally from the city-state of Pax Romana, which was located to the east of what we call modern-day Rome. From here, successive waves of different cultures came and occupied Sicily. Some of the most notable ones included the ancient Greeks, the Pagans, and the Arabs.
Some of the most famous attractions in Sicily include the famous Mount Elphinstone, the Catacombs of Rome, and Palermo Square which is considered to be the pride of Sicily.
Starting from the capital of Sicily, Palermo, the first thing you should do is a little road trip. Sicily has beautiful countryside and is very famous for it. F
or travelers on a budget, Sicily can be an affordable stopover, as there are plenty of budget hotels and inns around the coastline.
Sicily’s most famous landmark, Monte Tauro, is located on the western seaboard and has been ranked among the Seven Wonders of the World by the UNESCO. Another must-see place is Catania, home to Catullo del Vito, the former royal fortress and palace.
Palermo is also known for the fabulous food that is prepared by its locals, and there are often free performances by local bands and musicians.
Next on your Sicily road trip itinerary should be Catania, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The island boasts some of the most spectacular churches as well, such as the Duomo of Catania. The Catania coast has been a favorite holiday destination for generations, with its peaceful villages and seaside promenades. Vacationers can enjoy the local atmosphere and shopping opportunities, as well as some amazing Italian food.
Catania is a port town on Sicily’s south coast. It lies at the very foot of Mt. Etna, an active, extinct volcano, with lovely trails leading up into the mountain. The central square of Catania, Piazza del Duomo features the whimsical, stylized Catania Cathedral and lively, multicolored Catania market. In the south-west, the charming village of Bellagio, once a Roman colony, is today a bustling resort town.
Tourists come to Catania for a variety of reasons, including the unique Sicilian way of life, gorgeous beaches, idyllic villages and its rich cultural heritage. Although Catania is the smallest of the major islands, it has the most attractions. It is popular with visitors coming from southern Europe, where its Mediterranean climate is ideal for sun-worshippers. It is also very popular with families going on family holidays.
Retiring in Sicily
Along with being a popular tourist destination, Sicily is also a great place to relocate or retire to. There are many Sicilian neighborhoods that you can choose from, and many of them have everything you would ever need such as supermarkets, banks, hospitals, etc.
In addition, since Sicily has a low cost of living, it will not be difficult to live in this country for a long period of time. Unlike many other countries, you will find that you won’t pay more for a hotel room in Sicily because prices are generally very low.
If you are looking to experience something new and exciting, Sicilians offer some of the best nightlife in the world. Many of the larger towns have their own unique atmosphere, thanks to the large number of art galleries, bars, clubs and street food restaurants that you will discover while visiting Sicily.
For travelers interested in shopping, Sicily offers the world-class collections of clothing, accessories and gifts that you will need when you visit Sicily.
Of course, you can shop on any given day, but winter is the peak season in Sicily when you will find the best deals and discounts.
During the late summer and early fall, however, you will still be able to find excellent deals on clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, antiques and much more.