Sicily It is one of the destinations preferred by tourists during the summer months, but what many people do not know is that this island has a lot to offer throughout the year. And it is that in addition to having spectacular beaches, it can boast a great cultural, gastronomic and historical offer. Can you ask for more than one tourist destination?
So, after having told you about some of the most beautiful villages in all of Europe, today we want to focus on this Italian region famous throughout the world for being the birthplace of the mafia. Of course, today we forget about the capos and their crimes to show you some of the cities and towns that you must visit if you have the possibility of traveling to Sicily. Do you want to join us?
The first place we want to talk to you about is Palermo, capital of the region. In addition to having one of the most important airports in all of Sicily (so it can be a good place to start your tour of the island), it has an outstanding heritage artistic and architectural, since it is an ancient city, founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century B.C. and inhabited throughout the centuries by Greeks, Romans and Arabs. But beyond the traces left by the different civilizations, you will not be able to miss its fascinating natural environment.
Another major city in Sicily is Syracuse, built on an ancient settlement Greek founded in 734 B.C. Without a doubt, it is the ideal destination for history lovers, since it has important archaeological monuments: the Ortigia peninsula, the Neapolis archaeological park, the Ear of Dionysus, the Dei Cordari grotto, the Capuchin grotto , the catacombs of San Giovanni, the Maniace Castle ...
Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, although the most remarkable thing is that to the north is the Etna volcano, whose various volcanic eruptions throughout history have caused the reconstruction from the city on different occasions. Although there are no remains from the Greek era due to the volcano, there are remains of the Romans. If you visit the city you cannot miss the Roman amphitheater and theater, the Cathedral of Santa Águeda, the Odeon, the Bellini Garden, the Ursino Castle, the baroque palaces and, of course, the Elephant Fountain.
We also recommend a visit to Taormina, a town two hundred meters high that has fabulous views of the sea and the Etna volcano. Also founded by the Greeks, it was inhabited by a lot of civilizations. From this place we must highlight both its natural beauty and its historical monuments: a Greek theater with panoramic views of the bay of Naxos, the Corvaja Palace, the Ciampoli Palace, the Odeon ...
We cannot forget Agrigento, a city that in addition to having some really beautiful beaches paradisiacal, has some of the best preserved archaeological remains in all of Sicily. We highlight the Valley of the Temples, where the Concord, Juno, Hercules, Dioscuri and Olympic Jupiter temples are located. As you can imagine, it has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Finally, and although we are aware that we leave many interesting places in the pipeline, we have to talk about Trapani, a coastal city famous for its Salinas and, how could it be otherwise, its archaeological remains. What is most surprising about this place is the mix of different styles: Romanesque, Baroque, Arabic…. But beyond the monuments, you cannot miss its beaches, some of which are considered among the most beautiful in Italy.
The Best of Sicily (January 2021)
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