The 10 best reasons to visit Sicily this summer
Reason #1 People
Sicilians might look intimidating and distant at times, but they open up pretty quickly. They are resourceful and among the most generous people I know. They might not fully understand you while you order your meal in English or ask for directions, but whatever they answer or mimic to you will be perfect anyway.
Reason #2 Beaches
It is summer and it is going to be how. No question about it. So, get ready to head to the beach to cool off. Sicily has an impressive array of beaches: sandy, rocky remote… San Vito Lo Capo is always ranked among the best Italian beaches.
Reason #3 Minor Islands
If you have already been to Sicily several times and you ready to explore more. Think about going to one of the minor islands that can be easily reached by boat.
Reason #4 Food & Wine
No matter what you order, food is going to be good because it is fresh and in season. Granita in the morning or arancini as an afternoon snack are great temptations… Sicily has a great wine tradition, but Sicilian wines have been considered cut wines in the past. The last twenty years have seen a rediscovery of some local wines thanks to wineries such as Planeta and Tasca d’Almerita.
Reason #5 Archaeology
Do you know that Sicily and Southern Italy identified as Magna Graecia by the Romans were the new world for the ancient Greeks? This is the reason why they built so much in Sicily. They were fighting back home and most of the monuments built in Sicily are still well-preserved.
Reason #6 Cities
Palermo has an Arab tone. Siracusa is Greek. Enna, Trapani, Ragusa, Trapani, Agrigento, Messina, Taormina, Erice… All Sicilian cities and towns have a wonderful story behind and beautiful sightseeing to enjoy.
Reason #7 Events
Summer is the season with countless events in Sicily: feasts in virtually every town, fireworks, festivals, outdoor concerts… What’s not to like about it?
Reason #8 Mount Etna
Mount Etna is spectacular these days. Looking at one of its eruptions is a treat! Follow your guide’s advice if you try to be adventurous here.
Reason #9 Baroque Architecture
The Sicilian baroque is unique. The eight towns in southeast Sicily, Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli are Unesco World Heritage.
Reason #10 Authenticity
Sicily might have its own problems. However, if you are looking for a great and authentic travel experience, it is the perfect choice. Sicily never pretends to be something else. It is what it is with its centuries of history and foreign invasions. Most past events have brought pain to the island, but also cultural enrichment and an unparalleled heritage.
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The Magaggiari Beach - Photo by Maria Lina Bommarito