What to do and see in Sicily, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

October 13, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Sicily (/ˈsɪsɪli/ SISS-i-lee; Italian: Sicilia [siˈtʃiːlja], Sicilian: Sicìlia) is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is an autonomous region of Italy, in Southern Italy along with surrounding minor islands, officially referred to as Regione Siciliana.

1. Ortigia

Corso Umberto, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Ortigia

This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it and constructed the earliest structures, including the temples of Athena and Apollo, whose remains can still be seen today.

Reviewed By Giorgio C - Brussels, Belgium

This small tongue of land concentrates the best of Syracuse history, charming and food & wine amazing choices. Ortigia assumes a very special character during the evening when main buildings and historical heritages are superbly highlighted. Regrettably, the parking area is horrible, scaring, not sufficiently illuminated and dirty. This is often the price to pay in Sicily, besides astonishing angles yo may find dirt and abandon.

2. Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

Piazza Archeologica 1 | Via Panoramica Dei Templi, 92100, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy +39 0922 621657
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

This region is one of the most important archeological sites in the world with many great temples such as Hera (Juno,) Lacinia, Concordia, Heracles (Hercules) and Olympian Zeus (Jupiter,) all dramatically perched along a long rocky scarp.

Reviewed By Helmuth K - Vienna Region, Austria

very easy to find and its only a small part of every things to visit at Siracusa.Staff is very friendly and helpful.

3. Ancient Theatre of Taormina

Via Teatro Greco 1, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy +39 0942 23220
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Ancient Theatre of Taormina

The view of Mount Etna and the sea beyond is absolutely superb at Taormina's 10,000-seat ancient Greek Amphitheater, which was erected in the third century BC and expanded by the Romans.

Reviewed By Judi M - Trafalgar, Australia

Walked around this massive Greek theatre. Would have liked to see a performance in it as I am amazed that all these old open air relics are being used again while being restored.

4. Tempio della Concordia

92100, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy +39 0922 192 0283
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5 based on 2 reviews

Tempio della Concordia

Built in 430 BC, this is one of the best-preserved Greek Temples located outside of Greece.

Reviewed By Branka V - Toronto, Canada

This temple is well preserved. I was not even aware that it looks that good. Once you see it it leaves you speechless.

5. Palazzo Conte Federico

Piazza Conte Federico 2, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy +39 091 651 1881
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5 based on 360 reviews

Palazzo Conte Federico

The palazzo is in the center of the old city only a few steps away from the Norman Palace. the Cathedral and the Market Ballarò. The oldest part of the palace is an Arab-Norman Tower of the 12th century. You can observe verious architectural styles, high painted ceilings of the 15th century, baroque ceiling frescoes by Vito D'Anna and Gaspare Serenario, various collections and original furniture. Since Count Federico's family, which can be followed back to the Hohenstaufen Emperor Friedrich II, has lived in this palace for centuries, the personal atmosphere makes a visit to this historical building a unique experience.

Reviewed By marcsutter - San Francisco, California

Fantastic tour of historic Palazzo in Palermo. Andrea (one of the sons) led the tour in English and walked us through the rich history of the building but also of Palermo. Well worth the 10 eruos and we foudn out that you can also spend the night there through Airbnb...worth looking into!

6. Spiaggia dei Conigli

Strada di Ponente, 92010, Sicily, Italy +39 0922 970183
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5 based on 4 reviews

Spiaggia dei Conigli

Reviewed By jusaja - Finland

This is THE best beach in Lampedusa. Stunning views, however, there are prettier Beaches in Greece and Spain, so it is a bit over-rated.
Be there before 9:30 am or after 1 pm, so you get a nice car parking place upstairs along the road and a spot for your parasol. You HAVE to carry everything with you (15 mins down, 20 mins up). One part of the beach is for people without parasol.
With southern winds (scirocco), you get often jellyfish that cause trouble. With stronger nothern wind sand is blasted everywhere. I imagine August is terrible and very crowded.
Afternoon visit is better, so when you come up, it not so hot. Good shoes advisable but people do it also with flip-flops. There is also a small and difficult path to the next beach.

7. Etna Donkey Trekking

Via Giacomo Matteotti 8, 95015 Linguaglossa, Sicily, Italy +39 349 306 5154
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5 based on 493 reviews

Etna Donkey Trekking

Spinti dalla passione per l'Etna, per il suo paesaggio e il suo ambiente naturale, e dall' amore per quel meraviglioso e dimenticato animale che e l'Asino, abbiamo deciso di sviluppare questo progetto seguendo un modello di sviluppo turistico sostenibile ed eco-compatibile, che ha come obiettivo la valorizzazione del nostro territorio, la riscoperta della cultura rurale e delle tradizioni che un tempo caratterizzavano la nostra terra. Nasce cosi Etna Donkey Trekking.A passo d'Asino per i sentieri dell'Etna, un modo nuovo per far conoscere le meraviglie di questa "montagna", in compagnia dei docili, forti, e fedeli asinelli. Essi un tempo rappresentavano il mezzo di trasporto per le popolazioni agricole e sono gli animali che meglio si adattano alle condizioni morfologiche dei percorsi naturalistici dell'Etna.

Reviewed By Michael d

PROS
- Sweet and wonderful donkeys who were gentle, safe and entirely non bitey
- As well as being fun to ride they patiently wait while you explore the beautiful and dramatic landscape
- Along with a host who is delightful, knowledgeable, infectious (in the sense of wonder & laughter not pathogens).
Salvatore has the soul of a poet and makes you feel connected to the volcano itself. Like Etna he is beautiful and rugged on the outside but has a heart of fire that warms your soul.
CONS
- None.

8. Gli Aromi Sicily

Contrada Santa Rosalia, 97018, Scicli, Sicily, Italy +39 348 719 7853
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5 based on 359 reviews

Gli Aromi Sicily

From over 20 years "gli AROMI" deals with the production and marketing of officinal plants and aromatic herbs, focusing on endemic species of the sicilian coast and in particular of the iblea area. The firm produces more than 150 different varieties using traditional methods.At the firm are organized real fragrance journey, tastings and tours for the custermers. Besides the sale in vase, we propose fresh packed aromas for high cookery. We shoot for to increase the product range, obtaining quality and excellence of the spiciese already produced, and also suggest guide tours for visitors. The tour includes a ride in the firm illustrating all the varietiese of the herbs and possible using.

Reviewed By Malteser_73 - Island of Malta, Malta

Very interesting visit which included a trip round the garden full of various herbs followed by typical Sicialn food while looking at a wonderful sunset. Visited three times and I would go again any time !

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