The best things to see and do in Sicily
It might be October, but planning for your next summer getaway is always a fun task! Whether you’re casually browsing the internet for inspiration or pre-emptively booking flights and accommodation, here’s a bunch of reasons to take a trip to one of the prettiest islands!
One of the best reasons to visit is for the unique food just waiting to be tasted. In Palermo, a special street food delicacy is the pani câ mèusa, a veal burger in a soft bun flavoured with sesame. Some variations include ricotta or caciocavallo. For a more traditionally Italian pasta dish, pasta alla Norma is a recipe from Catania on the east coast of Sicily. The name stems from the typical, or ‘normal’, ingredients used in Sicilian cooking: tomatoes, aubergines, ricotta and basil. The dish is one of the most iconic from the island. If pizza is more your thing, a sfincione will be right up your street. With a significantly thicker crust, the pizza resembles focaccia and is topped with onions, anchovies, tomatoes, herbs and strong cheese such as caciocavallo and toma.
The history of Sicily comes to life when visiting a number of sites on the island. The Ancient Greek Theatre of Syracuse is one to add to your list. The Amphitheatre was built in 500 BC by the Greeks and is still used for open-air performances even to this day. The Basilica della Collegiata in Catania is a classic example of Sicilian Baroque architecture and is perhaps the most beautiful church on the island. The orientation of the structure was amended in the 18th century after a devastating earthquake, although it still shows some of Stefano Ittar and Angel Italia’s best works.
If R&R is more your thing, head to one of the serene beaches of Sicily. San Vito Lo Capo is a small resort in Trapani and is a popular destination with many B&Bs and hotels to stay in. From the white beaches you can catch a glimpse of the mountains on the coast which surrounds the area. There are multiple events which happen over the summer such as the Kite Festival or the Summer Music Festival. Cefalù is another option which has an appealing seaside holiday vibe. The historic town’s beach stretches long and thing along the coast and is just a train ride away from Palermo’s international airport.
Make sure you check out all Sicily has to offer!