The ten most beautiful places in Sicily!
Sicily is one of the most incredible regions in Italy, an island full of life, magic and nature. It mixes beach and mountain, and houses history, heritage of different civilizations, culture and unique beauties. Today we will visit the ten most beautiful places in Sicily. Putting together a list of the ten most beautiful places is almost impossible, but then you will have an overview of the most spectacular places in Sicily. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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1) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! TAORMINA
Also known as ‘the pearl of the Mediterranean, Taormina is a small village that rises on the slopes of the mountain and offers an exuberant view of the sea. From here, you have a beautiful view of Etna, on one side, and of Giardini-Naxos, on the other. A must see is the Greek Theater and Bella Island. Find out all about Taormina by clicking here!
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2) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! ETNA
It is the largest active volcano in Europe and of impressive beauty! Etna offers several excursions and there are departure points from various locations in the Sicilian region. Etna is one of the most beautiful spots on the island and is worth a visit. It offers an extraordinary panorama in its genre, undoubtedly a unique experience. Etna is the island’s main symbol and one of the most beautiful places, so it is impossible not to pay a visit. Find out everything about Etna by clicking here!
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3) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! ORTIGIA
Located on a small island a few meters from the mainland, it connects to it through three bridges. Ortigia is the historic center of Syracuse and is an authentic open-air museum. Unmissable in Ortigia are the Piazza Duomo and the acropolis of the ancient Greek city. Find out everything about Ortigia by clicking here!
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4) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! VALLE DEI TEMPLI
In Agrigento is one of the most fantastic places in Sicily, the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples). Here, you will find one of the most beautiful archeological areas in the world, where you will feel like you are traveling back in time, going back to ancient Athens. One of humanity’s most incredible Greek legacies is undoubtedly in this magical place. Here you walk among the Greek temples that are perfectly preserved and that rise between olive and almond trees. It is a magnificent place! Find out all about Agrigento by clicking here!
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5) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! RAGUSA IBLA
One of the magnificent places in Montalbano, it is a labyrinth of churches that mix with narrow streets, squares, several noble palaces and stairs that lead and bring you to places where the Baroque style dominates. It is a place to get to know calmly, if you allow yourself to forget the clock and make the most of it! No wonder, it is considered one of the most beautiful places in Sicily. Find out all about Ragusa by clicking here!
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6) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! FAVIGNANA
Favignana is the largest of the Egadi Islands, known mainly for its fabulous beaches. The most famous is the incredible Cala Rossa, with its unique color water, and a seabed characterized by the presence of limestone rocks. The beach is also on the list of the ten most beautiful beaches in Italy. It is worth the visit! Find out all about Favignana, in the Egadi Islands, by clicking here!
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7) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! ERICE
It is impossible to talk about the ten most beautiful places in Sicily and not to mention Erice. In the province of Trapani, it is a small town made entirely of stone, and even today its medieval air is still present. Perched on a mountain from which you can enjoy the sea, its architecture makes us rediscover Phoenician, Norman and Roman influences. It’s beautiful! Find out everything about Erice by clicking here!
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8) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! SEGESTA
Still in the province of Trapani, we find an old city, no longer inhabited, founded by the Elimi people. At the top of Mount Barbaro, it is a city that presents us with an invaluable historical heritage! A must-see here is a visit to the Doric temple and the Theater. The Theater was partially carved into the rock of the hill itself: it impresses! Find out all about Segesta by clicking here!
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9) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! PALATINE CHAPEL
In Palermo, there is this little Sicilian jewel: the Palatine Chapel! A three-corridor basilica inside the Norman Palace dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, an architectural jewel in bronze and gold hues that definitely deserves a visit! You will fall in love! Find out all about Palermo by clicking here! In addition, if you are staying in Palermo I suggest a Tour called Street Food and Palermo History: Walking Tour!
10) The ten most beautiful places in Sicily! SCALA DEI TURCHI
It is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive places in the world! Sicilian postcard, you will be dazzled by this magnificent beach. Its ivory-colored rock rises above the sea and offers unforgettable panoramas to its visitors. Click here and discover the best beaches in Sicily!
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A little bit of Sicilian history
Sicily has always been a privileged destination, mainly because of its strategic position that served as a “home” for various civilizations, which made its historical heritage become very rich. In 735 BC, the first Greek settlers arrived on the island and, with this, caused the withdrawal of the Phoenicians from western Sicily. In 265 BC, the Romans arrived in Messina and, under their rule, Sicily was divided into provinces and became the “granary” of the empire. After the Gothic-Byzantine war of 552 A.D., the island was incorporated into the Roman Empire as a peripheral province until the 9th century and from 827 onwards, the Arab invasion of the island began, from Mazara del Vallo to Taormina. From here, Sicilian history begins to flourish and Palermo becomes the capital of the Emirate of Kalibi.
In the Val di Noto and Val Demone area, however, the Greco-Latin civilization remains. In 1061, the Normans conquered Sicily and Ruggero d’Altavilla was crowned king of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily. In the meantime, the struggle for power made Sicily lose some of its luster; only with the Treaty of Utrecht, of 1713, the end of the Spanish kingdom made Fernando IV of Bourbon, king of Naples, unite the two Sicilies and, finally, abolish the feudal privileges in 1812. With the revolutions of 1848, the government Bourbon went to the ground, in the movement led by Garibaldi.
After several disastrous events, Sicily begins to decline and migrations from Sicily to America begin, mainly because of the economic crisis. In 1948, Sicily became autonomous and, years later, thanks to tourism, Sicily regains all its splendor, presenting visitors with priceless cultural heritage. Furthermore, the island became a major agricultural producer, which contributed to its financial stabilization. In this paragraph you haven’t read even half the story of this incredible region, but you can already get an idea of what you will find there!
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