Sicily is an island lined with both white- and black sand beaches surrounded by a blue-green sea and favoured by a Mediterranean weather marked by hot summers and mild winters. It can be visited in any season of the year. Undoubtedly however it is summer the period of the year when you are highly invited you to visit this spectacular land so appealing to any type of traveller as capable of granting unforgettable holidays.
Most opted-for destinations are certainly its coasts dotted with heavenly resorts: Mondello, San Vito lo Capo, Castellammare del Golfo, Cefalù, Taormina and Syracuse. Not to mention Pelagie, Aeolian, Aegadian islands and the magical Lampedusa, Linosa and Lampione.
Sicily is also the largest island of the Mediterranean and has been a crossroad for many civilizations in the course of the centuries. Matched to Greece it has laid the foundations of Western history. Peoples who have during time settled here, also due to its wonderful geographical position, have not only determined the friendly attitude of Sicily’s inhabitants but have also left an invaluable historic and artistic heritage. Any corner of this territory, any town and city appeals, fascinates and seduces also thanks to the sense of hospitality which marks the character of its people. Among the most famous centres: Agrigento, Catania, Palermo and Trapani.
Not to be missed in Agrigento is the Valley of the Temples, an important archaeological site witnessing the traces left in Sicily by the Greek civilization.
Another location attracting tourists and visitors is Catania, sited below Mount Etna, and second largest city of the island, famous all over the world for the growing and processing of its delicious citrus fruits.
With a rich historical and cultural heritage, it is a city which offers thousands of opportunities. To be visited: the Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Agata, patron saint of the city, where the same saint is buried. The fountain of the Elephant, so dear to Catania’s inhabitants as it represents the symbol of the city. The Town Hall Palace and the Palace of the Chierici with the nearby Fountain of the Amenano.
For lovers of literature and in particular of Verismo genre, there is nothing better to be lived than experiencing the atmospheres described by Giovanni Verga in his masterpiece I Malavoglia while walking through the alleys of the typical fishermen’s villages of Acitrezza, AciCastello or Acireale.
Palermo, the capital city of the region, is a synthesis of the island: a frenzy and crowded city, yet increasingly appealing to more and more tourists.
Lying in a strategic position, surrounded by a clear sea and supported by a mild weather, the city shows the influence of the Arab, Byzantine and Spanish civilizations which have dominated it during times. Among its treasures it includes Byzantine mosaics, baroque buildings and tasty dishes of Arab origin. Some of its highlights are: the Cathedral, the Palatina Chapel, the Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Arab-Norman palaces of Zisa and Cuba, the catacombs of Frati Cappuccini, the Teatro Massimo. Not to be missed a funny visit to the Puppet Museum, the largest of this type.
Also Trapani will astonish you with the wealth of its historical heritage. Its past is witnessed by every corner of its streets: from the port to the Saline, the windmills, the Colombaia castle, its symbol, built on the isle close to the port, up to the prestigious palaces of the city-centre.
A visit of the city during Easter is highly recommended: the city-centre swarms with people attracted by a wide range of celebrations, the most evocative of which is the Processione dei Misteri del Venerdì Santo when twenty holy sculptures are carried along the streets of the city-centre to be worshipped all the day long.
One more reason to choose Trapani as a destination of your trip is the fact that it represents an obliged step to easily reach Pantelleria by hovercraft and enjoy its sea, the smell and taste of its specialties as capers and zibibbo wine, while staying in the dammusi, the typical local dwellings.
Grimaldi Lines will take you to the charming Sicily by the Civitavecchia-Trapani-Catania lines or the Salerno-Palermo route with regular departures all around the year.