Sicily is not only the largest island in the Mediterranean, it’s arguably the most breath-taking, too. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters and fringed with beaches, Sicily is a delightfully distinct part of Italy, where the local population often juggle two identities – though they’re very much Italian, they’re also fiercely Sicilian and proud of their unique island culture.
For international visitors making the trip to one of our villas in Sicily, the island is serviced by four international airports. Falcone Borsellino is the closest to Palermo, while Fontanarossa, Vincenzo Florio, and Vincenzo Magliocco Airports are in Catania, Trapani Birgi, and Comiso respectively.
This pride in the island’s unique cultural and natural heritage is expressed in one of the world’s most respected cuisines and culinary masterpieces; in Sicily, food is so much more than a good meal - it’s an integral part of the community. Fresh seafood features prominently but citrus, pistachios, almonds, and ricotta are all local favourites, too.
Discovering the remarkably diverse Sicilian landscape is also a joy. From the magnificent smoking peak of Italy’s largest active volcano, Mt Etna, to the tiny coves and sweeping stretches of golden sand that ring the island, Sicily is a natural paradise that boasts something for everyone. Whether you enjoy snorkelling, hiking, swimming, cycling, or birdwatching, Sicily offers the ideal environment for a fun-filled family holiday.
History and culture
Sicily also boasts several spectacular coastal cities and towns, most notably Palermo, Syracuse, Taormina, and Cefalù. Each is loaded with the weight of Sicily’s long and storied history. Relics, ancient ruins, and eye-catching architecture are always just around the corner.
If you want more information, check the Sicily Travel Guide or get some ideas on things to do in Sicily in our blog.
What Oliver loves
Family holidays to Sicily aren’t complete without a trip to Palermo to explore its delicious street-food scene. Try traditional arancini (deep fried balls of rice with various fillings), panino can le panelle (fried chickpea fritters) or, if you’re brave, stigghiola (animal guts).