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The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Sicily is an underrated destination within Italy and definitely a MUST visit if you are planning to travel around Southern Europe or through the Mediterranean.

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

In late June 2017, I visited my friend Ian who was living in Sicily at the time for my 26th birthday. Although my trip to Sicily was short, I was so happy to have seen some of the most beautiful cities and sites the Italian island offers and I also got to visit the small Mediterranean island of Malta for a day!

Most of you who are close with me know that I am Italian. My maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather are from Northern Italy, my paternal grandmother is from Central Italy and my maternal grandfather is from Sicily. During this trip, I was so excited to explore my pop’s family’s region of the country. (I also got to explore Northern Italy in May and June 2018. You could read my blog posts on Como, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and Bologna.)

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

One of the best parts about traveling to Sicily is that you could vacation while also experiencing the culture. In other words, you aren’t restrained from only staying at a resort. Whether you are planning a Sicily trip with your significant other, family, friend(s) or even doing a solo trip, Sicily is safe, beautiful and fun for all. Discover everything you must see during a trip to Sicily!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.

Getting to and Around Sicily:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

The main airport hub in Sicily is Palermo’s Punta Raisi Airport. When you travel from a major international city, such as New York, you will have to fly into Palermo. When you are traveling from other local Italian cities and nearby countries, like Rome or Malta, you could find flights that will land in Catania, Trapani, Comiso, Lampedusa and Pantelleria. You could find great flight deals through Skyscanner.

When you land in Sicily, it is best to get a rental car so that you can easily get to and from all of Sicily’s wonderful cities, towns and beaches. Sicily offers a network of buses and trains with services to main cities, but they are not as efficient as they are on the mainland.

Where to Stay in Sicily:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Since most of Sicily’s popular coastal towns are situated on the east coast of the island, it is highly recommended to stay in the region of Catania. Another reason why this region is a great place to stay during your time in Sicily is because it is situated at the foot of Mount Etna, which offers memorable adventures for all.

During my time in Sicily, I stayed with my friend in Aci Trezza, which is in Catania. Some other popular cities in this region are Aci Costello and the city of Catania itself. You could find numerous hotels ranging from all budgets along with hostels as well as Airbnbs.

Palermo:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

After arriving in Palermo, head over to the city center where you could find wonderful restaurants, shopping, historical sites and so much more!

Things to do in Palermo:

  • Enjoy your First Sicilian Lunch: One thing to note about the food in Italy is that everything is regional, meaning that you aren’t going to find everything that Italian food is known for like you would in an Italian American restaurant. So that means you will not find spaghetti and meatballs on the menu as well as chicken parm, fettuccine alfredo, penne vodka, etc. In Sicily, you will find a lot of light seafood dishes (with and without rice or pasta), rice balls, pistachio and cannoli to name a few.  Located throughout the city center are wonderful trattorias where you could grab a delicious lunch.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Stroll through the Villa Bonnano: This wonderful area is perfect for a lovely walk with a loved one or a friend. It is here where you will find beautiful palm trees, fountains and talented musicians playing graceful songs.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Catch Amazing Views at La Cattedral di Palermo: This gorgeous cathedral features a combination of Norman, Moorish, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is highly recommended that you make your way up the cathedral’s tower and capture some amazing views of Palermo.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Go Shopping: Downtown Palermo offers endless amounts of souvenir shops as well as local artisan stores where you could purchase bowls, artwork and so much more.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Cefalú:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

On my first day in Sicily, we explored Palermo and then made our way to Cefalú. We had to head east since that is where Ian lives. The drive from Palermo to Cefalú was around an hour northeast. On the other hand, the drive from Cefalú to Catania is around 2.5 hours. Cefalú is a wonderful coastal town that offers a typical European beach atmosphere with cobblestone streets, mountain views and friendly locals.

Things to do in Cefalú:

  • Enjoy Beach Time: The beach in Cefalú is absolutely STUNNING! The only downside is that it tends to be crowded with kids, teenagers and young adults. If you are looking for a secluded area to enjoy the beach, there is a quieter spot in Le Salinelle, which isn’t too far from downtown Cefalú. On the other hand, if you are only in Cefalú for a couple of hours, the main public beach is perfect (despite the crowds) because it is close to a lot of great restaurants and shopping areas.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Cool off with a Gelato: Cefalú offers countless gelato stands and shops with some pretty awesome flavors. As you enjoy time by the sea, grab a cone and relax. During the day I was in Cefalú, it was super hot, so it was nice enjoying a refreshing ice cream!
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Grab an Aperitivo: Throughout the city of Cefalú, you can find warm and welcoming bars and trattorias where you could enjoy an aperitivo (Italian happy hour drink) and antipasto (plate of cured meats and cheeses).
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Watch the Sun Set: During your time in Sicily, you could catch some of the best sunsets in Cefalú. If you head out by the sea, there is an area of rocks where you could easily sit on and enjoy the orange, pink and red colors shine throughout the sky.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Taormina:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Located 45 minutes north from Catania is the picturesque village Taormina. In this beautiful seaside town, you could catch gorgeous views of Mount Etna, Sicily’s most active volcano. There are also colorful buildings, peaceful churches, lively piazzas, beautiful flowers and glistening blue water.

Things to do in Taormina:

  • Enjoy a Cappuccino and Brioche: Throughout the beautiful streets of Taormina are quaint cafés where you could enjoy a warm beverage and delicious Italian pastry. A Sicilian favorite is a cappuccino paired with freshly baked brioche bread and fruit.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Visit the Teatro Antico di Taormina: This ancient Grecian-Roman theater was constructed by the Greeks around third century BC. Later on, the Romans renovated the theater by building columns, statues and other intricate details. Back then, the Romans played games and had gladiatorial battles in this amphitheater. Nowadays, it is a place for modern-day music artists to perform.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Take the Cable Car to the Coast: Since the main part of Taormina is located on a cliff, you need to take a cable car down to the sea. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Taormina as you make your way down to the beautiful seaside village of Isola Bella. It is in Isola Bella where you could enjoy a beach day and swim in the refreshing blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Relax in Isola Bella: The beautiful beach in Isola Bella is a rock beach, so you will need to bring water shoes. During your time at the rock beach, you could enjoy swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing by sipping a glass of wine on the beach.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

My friends Ian and Nick (who I know through Ian) brought their scuba diving gear. The sea was the perfect temperature to cool off and the current wasn’t too bad. There was a secluded island with beautiful villas located right off of Isola Bella, so we all swam out there. I was told that a wealthy German man owned the little island and that he allows visitors to swim up to his private beach and even tour around it by purchasing tickets. As we got to the island, we swam through gorgeous cliffs and even dove under and saw beautiful coral and schools of fish. Check out this awesome and sentimental GoPro video Nick created of our time scuba diving in the Mediterranean. It was the perfect way to celebrate my last day being 25. (This day reminded me of my time in Paros, Greece.)

Video 2:09

Siracusa:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

On my actual birthday, after a fun surprise party Ian and his Sicilian friends threw for me (which was such an epic night), we visited the stunning city of Siracusa. Located an hour and a half from Catania, Siracusa is an Ionian coastal city known for its ancient ruins and beautiful blue waters.

Things to do in Siracusa:

  • Admire the Ancient Greek Ruins: The Neapolis Archeological Park in Siracusa features stunning Greek and Roman history. The Greek Theatre as well as the Roman Amphitheater will amaze you. In the town of Ortygia, in Siracusa, you could also admire the magnificent ruins of The Temple of Apollo.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Enjoy the Ambiance of Ortygia’s Piazza: One of the most dazzling piazzas in Italy is the one in Ortygia. It is the Baroque piazza where you could hear the enchanting bells from the Cathedral of Siracusa. In addition, you could also spot stunning work from local artisans, listen to local musicians play their accordions and admire the architecture all around.
  • Savor a Seafood Lunch on the Ionian: Throughout the town of Ortygia, you will find numerous cafés and trattorias with outdoor seating. Most of these places have stunning views of the crystal blue Ionian Sea. It is imperative that you get lunch with a view because there is nothing better! The seafood in Siracusa is absolutely amazing and getting it with risotto is even better.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Sail through the Caves: The coast of Siracusa is known for their mystical caves. One thing that you cannot leave Siracusa without doing is a boat tour through these beautiful caves. Near the port, there is a stand where you could purchase tickets to take a boat tour. During the tour, you will sail through the dark tunnels of these caves and the boat will even stop in the middle of the sea so that you could jump off and take a lovely swim. It is a lot of fun!
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Ragusa:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Sitauted and hour and a half from Siracusa is the Baroque Town of Ragusa. Known as the town with two faces, Ragusa Superiore sits on top of a hill and further down the hill is Ragusa Ibla. This is the province where my ancestors are from, so it was absolutely magical being there.

(On the way to Ragusa, we stopped in a beautiful country town called Modica. It is here where I recommend grabbing a delicious dessert called crema di caffè. This is a big staple in Sicily and it is like a soft coffee ice cream.)

Things to do in Ragusa:

  • Walk through the Wondrous Alleyways: Throughout the city of Ragusa, you will find quiet alleyways that are filled with charm, grey stone houses and friendly locals. You will truly discover why Ragusa is magical.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Relax in Ibleo Garden: Located in the city is a beautiful park called Ibleo Garden that features a walkway with palm trees, amazing views of the mountains, a five-star hotel and gardens that offer colorful flowers.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Admire the City Views: During your time in Ragusa, it is a MUST to walk up to the Panoramica di Ragusa. It is at this gorgeous spot where you could get a panoramic view of the entire city. You could even catch a beautiful sunset during a perfect evening like we did.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Savor Authentic Sicilian Food: On a beautiful evening in Ragusa, the streets are filled with wonder. One thing you must do during your time in Ragusa is enjoy an authentic Sicilian dinner outside. PS. A local playing a beautiful song on the accordion may even serenade you.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Mount Etna:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Located in Catania is the active volcano of Mount Etna. It is the highest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. In fact, you could actually see the smoke coming out of the volcano during your time in Catania!

Things to do in Mount Etna:

  • Take in the Views at the Top: When you arrive at the base of Mount Etna, you could take a cable car up to the highest altitude that Italian officials will allow you. Because you are 11,000 feet above sea level, you will get views of the entire region as well as the smoke coming from the active crater. (You will feel the altitude at the top of Mount Etna. Click here to learn more about how you could deal with the altitude.)
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Enjoy Winter Sports or Hike the Volcano: If you visit Mount Etna in the winter, you could participate in snow sports such as skiing and/or snowboarding. In addition, you could also hike the volcano by climbing the nature trails of Etna Park.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Feel at Peace in Nature: While you are on Mount Etna, you could find beautiful oasis’, spot sacred wildlife and even find gorges.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Sip Wine on the Volcano: Nestled alongside Mount Etna are some great vineyards. Gambino Winery is a stunning winery with a picturesque location. While you are at Gambino Winery, it is a MUST to do a tasting. During this experience, you will taste exquisite wines paired with delicious foods. It is a wonderful experience and a great way to end the trip.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the best things to see and do in Sicily. Since I based myself in Catania, there is so much to do there as well. There are wonderful restaurants, cafés, beaches and historical sites. The city of Catania itself is absolutely wonderful! If you have any questions about my time in Sicily or Italy in general, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of Italy:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Rome

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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Bongiorno Bella Sicilia

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Sicily is an underrated destination within Italy and definitely a MUST visit if you are planning to travel around Southern Europe or through the Mediterranean.

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

In late June 2017, I visited my friend Ian who was living in Sicily at the time for my 26th birthday. Although my trip to Sicily was short, I was so happy to have seen some of the most beautiful cities and sites the Italian island offers and I also got to visit the small Mediterranean island of Malta for a day!

Most of you who are close with me know that I am Italian. My maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather are from Northern Italy, my paternal grandmother is from Central Italy and my maternal grandfather is from Sicily. During this trip, I was so excited to explore my pop’s family’s region of the country. (I also got to explore Northern Italy in May and June 2018. You could read my blog posts on Como, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and Bologna.)

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

One of the best parts about traveling to Sicily is that you could vacation while also experiencing the culture. In other words, you aren’t restrained from only staying at a resort. Whether you are planning a Sicily trip with your significant other, family, friend(s) or even doing a solo trip, Sicily is safe, beautiful and fun for all. Discover everything you must see during a trip to Sicily!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.

Getting to and Around Sicily:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

The main airport hub in Sicily is Palermo’s Punta Raisi Airport. When you travel from a major international city, such as New York, you will have to fly into Palermo. When you are traveling from other local Italian cities and nearby countries, like Rome or Malta, you could find flights that will land in Catania, Trapani, Comiso, Lampedusa and Pantelleria. You could find great flight deals through Skyscanner.

When you land in Sicily, it is best to get a rental car so that you can easily get to and from all of Sicily’s wonderful cities, towns and beaches. Sicily offers a network of buses and trains with services to main cities, but they are not as efficient as they are on the mainland.

Where to Stay in Sicily:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Since most of Sicily’s popular coastal towns are situated on the east coast of the island, it is highly recommended to stay in the region of Catania. Another reason why this region is a great place to stay during your time in Sicily is because it is situated at the foot of Mount Etna, which offers memorable adventures for all.

During my time in Sicily, I stayed with my friend in Aci Trezza, which is in Catania. Some other popular cities in this region are Aci Costello and the city of Catania itself. You could find numerous hotels ranging from all budgets along with hostels as well as Airbnbs.

Palermo:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

After arriving in Palermo, head over to the city center where you could find wonderful restaurants, shopping, historical sites and so much more!

Things to do in Palermo:

  • Enjoy your First Sicilian Lunch: One thing to note about the food in Italy is that everything is regional, meaning that you aren’t going to find everything that Italian food is known for like you would in an Italian American restaurant. So that means you will not find spaghetti and meatballs on the menu as well as chicken parm, fettuccine alfredo, penne vodka, etc. In Sicily, you will find a lot of light seafood dishes (with and without rice or pasta), rice balls, pistachio and cannoli to name a few.  Located throughout the city center are wonderful trattorias where you could grab a delicious lunch.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Stroll through the Villa Bonnano: This wonderful area is perfect for a lovely walk with a loved one or a friend. It is here where you will find beautiful palm trees, fountains and talented musicians playing graceful songs.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Catch Amazing Views at La Cattedral di Palermo: This gorgeous cathedral features a combination of Norman, Moorish, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is highly recommended that you make your way up the cathedral’s tower and capture some amazing views of Palermo.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Go Shopping: Downtown Palermo offers endless amounts of souvenir shops as well as local artisan stores where you could purchase bowls, artwork and so much more.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Cefalú:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

On my first day in Sicily, we explored Palermo and then made our way to Cefalú. We had to head east since that is where Ian lives. The drive from Palermo to Cefalú was around an hour northeast. On the other hand, the drive from Cefalú to Catania is around 2.5 hours. Cefalú is a wonderful coastal town that offers a typical European beach atmosphere with cobblestone streets, mountain views and friendly locals.

Things to do in Cefalú:

  • Enjoy Beach Time: The beach in Cefalú is absolutely STUNNING! The only downside is that it tends to be crowded with kids, teenagers and young adults. If you are looking for a secluded area to enjoy the beach, there is a quieter spot in Le Salinelle, which isn’t too far from downtown Cefalú. On the other hand, if you are only in Cefalú for a couple of hours, the main public beach is perfect (despite the crowds) because it is close to a lot of great restaurants and shopping areas.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Cool off with a Gelato: Cefalú offers countless gelato stands and shops with some pretty awesome flavors. As you enjoy time by the sea, grab a cone and relax. During the day I was in Cefalú, it was super hot, so it was nice enjoying a refreshing ice cream!
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Grab an Aperitivo: Throughout the city of Cefalú, you can find warm and welcoming bars and trattorias where you could enjoy an aperitivo (Italian happy hour drink) and antipasto (plate of cured meats and cheeses).
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Watch the Sun Set: During your time in Sicily, you could catch some of the best sunsets in Cefalú. If you head out by the sea, there is an area of rocks where you could easily sit on and enjoy the orange, pink and red colors shine throughout the sky.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Taormina:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Located 45 minutes north from Catania is the picturesque village Taormina. In this beautiful seaside town, you could catch gorgeous views of Mount Etna, Sicily’s most active volcano. There are also colorful buildings, peaceful churches, lively piazzas, beautiful flowers and glistening blue water.

Things to do in Taormina:

  • Enjoy a Cappuccino and Brioche: Throughout the beautiful streets of Taormina are quaint cafés where you could enjoy a warm beverage and delicious Italian pastry. A Sicilian favorite is a cappuccino paired with freshly baked brioche bread and fruit.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Visit the Teatro Antico di Taormina: This ancient Grecian-Roman theater was constructed by the Greeks around third century BC. Later on, the Romans renovated the theater by building columns, statues and other intricate details. Back then, the Romans played games and had gladiatorial battles in this amphitheater. Nowadays, it is a place for modern-day music artists to perform.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Take the Cable Car to the Coast: Since the main part of Taormina is located on a cliff, you need to take a cable car down to the sea. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Taormina as you make your way down to the beautiful seaside village of Isola Bella. It is in Isola Bella where you could enjoy a beach day and swim in the refreshing blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Relax in Isola Bella: The beautiful beach in Isola Bella is a rock beach, so you will need to bring water shoes. During your time at the rock beach, you could enjoy swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing by sipping a glass of wine on the beach.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

My friends Ian and Nick (who I know through Ian) brought their scuba diving gear. The sea was the perfect temperature to cool off and the current wasn’t too bad. There was a secluded island with beautiful villas located right off of Isola Bella, so we all swam out there. I was told that a wealthy German man owned the little island and that he allows visitors to swim up to his private beach and even tour around it by purchasing tickets. As we got to the island, we swam through gorgeous cliffs and even dove under and saw beautiful coral and schools of fish. Check out this awesome and sentimental GoPro video Nick created of our time scuba diving in the Mediterranean. It was the perfect way to celebrate my last day being 25. (This day reminded me of my time in Paros, Greece.)

Video 2:09

Siracusa:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

On my actual birthday, after a fun surprise party Ian and his Sicilian friends threw for me (which was such an epic night), we visited the stunning city of Siracusa. Located an hour and a half from Catania, Siracusa is an Ionian coastal city known for its ancient ruins and beautiful blue waters.

Things to do in Siracusa:

  • Admire the Ancient Greek Ruins: The Neapolis Archeological Park in Siracusa features stunning Greek and Roman history. The Greek Theatre as well as the Roman Amphitheater will amaze you. In the town of Ortygia, in Siracusa, you could also admire the magnificent ruins of The Temple of Apollo.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Enjoy the Ambiance of Ortygia’s Piazza: One of the most dazzling piazzas in Italy is the one in Ortygia. It is the Baroque piazza where you could hear the enchanting bells from the Cathedral of Siracusa. In addition, you could also spot stunning work from local artisans, listen to local musicians play their accordions and admire the architecture all around.
  • Savor a Seafood Lunch on the Ionian: Throughout the town of Ortygia, you will find numerous cafés and trattorias with outdoor seating. Most of these places have stunning views of the crystal blue Ionian Sea. It is imperative that you get lunch with a view because there is nothing better! The seafood in Siracusa is absolutely amazing and getting it with risotto is even better.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Sail through the Caves: The coast of Siracusa is known for their mystical caves. One thing that you cannot leave Siracusa without doing is a boat tour through these beautiful caves. Near the port, there is a stand where you could purchase tickets to take a boat tour. During the tour, you will sail through the dark tunnels of these caves and the boat will even stop in the middle of the sea so that you could jump off and take a lovely swim. It is a lot of fun!
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Ragusa:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Sitauted and hour and a half from Siracusa is the Baroque Town of Ragusa. Known as the town with two faces, Ragusa Superiore sits on top of a hill and further down the hill is Ragusa Ibla. This is the province where my ancestors are from, so it was absolutely magical being there.

(On the way to Ragusa, we stopped in a beautiful country town called Modica. It is here where I recommend grabbing a delicious dessert called crema di caffè. This is a big staple in Sicily and it is like a soft coffee ice cream.)

Things to do in Ragusa:

  • Walk through the Wondrous Alleyways: Throughout the city of Ragusa, you will find quiet alleyways that are filled with charm, grey stone houses and friendly locals. You will truly discover why Ragusa is magical.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Relax in Ibleo Garden: Located in the city is a beautiful park called Ibleo Garden that features a walkway with palm trees, amazing views of the mountains, a five-star hotel and gardens that offer colorful flowers.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Admire the City Views: During your time in Ragusa, it is a MUST to walk up to the Panoramica di Ragusa. It is at this gorgeous spot where you could get a panoramic view of the entire city. You could even catch a beautiful sunset during a perfect evening like we did.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Savor Authentic Sicilian Food: On a beautiful evening in Ragusa, the streets are filled with wonder. One thing you must do during your time in Ragusa is enjoy an authentic Sicilian dinner outside. PS. A local playing a beautiful song on the accordion may even serenade you.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Mount Etna:

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

Located in Catania is the active volcano of Mount Etna. It is the highest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. In fact, you could actually see the smoke coming out of the volcano during your time in Catania!

Things to do in Mount Etna:

  • Take in the Views at the Top: When you arrive at the base of Mount Etna, you could take a cable car up to the highest altitude that Italian officials will allow you. Because you are 11,000 feet above sea level, you will get views of the entire region as well as the smoke coming from the active crater. (You will feel the altitude at the top of Mount Etna. Click here to learn more about how you could deal with the altitude.)
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Enjoy Winter Sports or Hike the Volcano: If you visit Mount Etna in the winter, you could participate in snow sports such as skiing and/or snowboarding. In addition, you could also hike the volcano by climbing the nature trails of Etna Park.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Feel at Peace in Nature: While you are on Mount Etna, you could find beautiful oasis’, spot sacred wildlife and even find gorges.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation
  • Sip Wine on the Volcano: Nestled alongside Mount Etna are some great vineyards. Gambino Winery is a stunning winery with a picturesque location. While you are at Gambino Winery, it is a MUST to do a tasting. During this experience, you will taste exquisite wines paired with delicious foods. It is a wonderful experience and a great way to end the trip.
The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

The Ultimate Sicily Vacation

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the best things to see and do in Sicily. Since I based myself in Catania, there is so much to do there as well. There are wonderful restaurants, cafés, beaches and historical sites. The city of Catania itself is absolutely wonderful! If you have any questions about my time in Sicily or Italy in general, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of Italy:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Rome

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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