“To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all,” wrote Johann Goethe in 1789. “For Sicily is the clue to everything.” As one of history’s greatest philosophers, we’d be foolish to argue with him. Although it’s the southernmost part of Italy, in many ways Sicily is that country’s heart. Sun-baked villas, sheltered beaches perfect for an afternoon dip, rolling hills that are perfect for leisurely walks, charming and delightful denizens who love to treat guests like family, and that legendary Sicilian cuisine — for the quintessential Italian experience, there’s no better place than Sicily.
Sicily’s location and geography add to its mystique. Both the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean hold sway over Sicily, and you’ll be enthralled by the Greek influence on the island. You’ll visit ancient but remarkably well-preserved Greek temples and theaters, along with structures built during the heyday of the Roman Empire. You’ll take a hydrofoil to the Aolian Islands — among the brilliant whitewashed houses and olive tree groves, you’ll swear you’re walking through the Greek countryside. The ocean’s presence is felt everywhere, no more so than in the amazing food you’ll eat — seafood caught that morning, prepared by a local friend. But this is still Italy, and so you can expect to dine on homemade pasta, house-cured sausages, and artisanal cheeses, all served with the unique wines Sicily is known for. And above it all looms Mount Etna, Europe’s mightiest (and still active) volcano. You’ll get up close and personal on a walk around the massive mountain, among newly formed lava fields. And because Sicily is very much Italian, your accommodations will reflect the Italian love of opulence — you’ll spend luxurious nights at 5-star hotels and villas, where you’ll be treated like royalty.
It’s hard to believe that there’s so much to see and do on such a small island, from shopping in Palermo to exploring Siracusa — a city that at one time was more powerful than ancient Athens — to taking a cooking lesson at the home of one of our local friends. The poet and philosopher Goethe also remarked that “Sicily is the clue to everything”. With all that Sicily offers, we heartily agree.
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