Why you should visit Sicily now

Delicious cuisine

It’s hard to imagine a trip to any part of Italy without food being one of the key elements. Sicily claims a diverse cuisine mainly attributed to its history, which has shaped not only the island, as we know it today, but also its foods and customs.

From its famous ricotta-filled cannoli and its famed granita and brioche, to its arancini and pasta alla Norma, you are bound to fall in love with Sicily’s simple yet scrumptious cuisine – be it sweet or savoury.

It is also perfectly acceptable to eat granita and brioche for breakfast in Sicily – just when we thought our dreams couldn’t come true!

Perfect combination! (Photo: Wikipedia)

Granita + Brioche = Perfect combination! (Photo: Wikipedia)

Marvellous landscapes

Mountains? Check. Hills? Check. Marvellous sea? Check.

Beautiful scenery from Taormina

Beautiful scenery from Taormina

Most of Sicily is mountainous, with its highest point being the famous Mount Etna which dominates its east coast – currently standing at more than 3,000 metres high, and covers an area of more than 1,000 km2 , which makes it the highest mountain in Italy south of the alps.

The famous Mount Etna which dominates its east coast – currently standing at more than 3,000 metres high

The famous Mount Etna which dominates its east coast – currently standing at more than 3,000 metres high

Its central plateau then slopes to the coastal lowlands – which then gives Sicily its stunning beaches which draws Italians and not alike during the summer months, especially given the warm temperatures and beautiful weather that characterise these months.

Fascinating history

Sicily’s strategic position meant that it was invaded for centuries by different powers, including the Romans, the Greeks as well as the Phoenicians. One can still see this history reflected in its architecture, ruins, foods, customs and the dialect used by locals.

Ortygia - is a small island which is the historical centre of the city of Syracuse, Sicily

Ortygia –  a small island which is the historical centre of the city of Syracuse, Sicily

Different areas of the island provide to different elements of its history – visit Taormina for Roman ruins, Syracuse and Agrigento for Greek ruins, Palermo for Arab ruins – amongst many others.

Unique atmosphere

Although Sicily is now part of Italy, it has been an autonomous island for much of its history. That, and also more recent history has created one of the most diverse regions in Italy, and one of the most unique islands on earth! A definite must-see.

ArtViva now operates in Sicily, apart from FlorenceRomeVeniceMilanCinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more

 

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