Travel Tuesday – Sicily

Where do you start when it comes to Sicily? A place known as the eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, the beautiful island of Sicily continues to seduce travellers with its diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures.

 

Sicily’s sunny, dry climate, scenery, cuisine, history and architecture attract tourists from all over the world. It is a place steeped in history with many myths and legends set in Sicily. It is the land of the Cyclops, the birthplace of one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, the Greek philosopher Archimedes, it has been praised by poets from Homer to Virgil and prized by many ancient cultures including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Greeks, who have all left their mark for you to see.

 

Sicily is home to some of the best-preserved ancient Greek temples in the world…yes, that is right, they are even better preserved than those found in Greece itself! A one to visit is the incredible Temple of Concord which dates back to the 5th century B.C.. It is at this site where you can also find a large section of the Roman quarter (built from the 4th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D.).

 

Another incredible site worth visiting is that of the ancient Greek theater of Taormina. With its breathtaking views of both the sea and Mt. Etna, Taormina is the picture-perfect Sicilian town. Built in the 3rd century B.C., it was largely rebuilt by the Romans during the 2nd century and still looks much like it would have then; it really is like looking back in time.

 

The most prominent landmark in Sicily is of course Mount Etna which is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, as it is in an almost constant state of activity, something which has helped generate many of the myths and legends that have been passed down over the years from the Greeks and Romans. Not only can tourists visit the craters by foot or by 4×4, they can also visit one of the two ski resorts on Etna, now that is one for the bucket list…skiing down the slopes of an active volcano.

If you want something really unique then you need to visit Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily. This is a place unlike most capitals, it hasn’t turned into a tourist-friendly place where everyone speaks English and the locals cater for everyone. Nope, in Sicily you will find a place that is still as it was, not everywhere is open to outsiders and some parts have even remained untouched since they were bombed during the war. This does not make it an easy visit but it will be a rewarding one and a real adventure as you will get to see the REAL Sicily and not the tourist view you get in so many places.

 

If you want something a little more child friendly then you will love The Madonie Adventure Park or Etnavventura. They are both adventure playgrounds in the woods located in different parts of Sicily but both with similar activities for the kids and even the adults, with rope ladder-walking, tree-climbing, cable slides and all sorts of fun to be had there, you can also go mountain-biking (bikes and helmets provided), trekking and horse-riding.

 

Another big attraction for the kids of all ages is Etna Land, a theme park, water park and dinosaur park all rolled into one. It has roller coasters & white-knuckle rides, water rides, a variety of slides and pools for all ages, kids’ attractions & dinosaurs. If you go in August though you will find it very busy so be prepared to que.

 

Now as you know, Sicily has fantastic weather with plenty of sunshine, so here’s our top picks for protecting your eyes and looking good at the same time. For the men, you cant go wrong with a classic look, something like the Persol Clubmaster Sunglasses in Coffee Havana Green Polarised that you can see here.

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For the ladies something different but stunning, these Prada Baroque Round Sunglasses in Black Grey Gradient that you can see here.

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For the girls we suggest a pair of Stella McCartney Kids Childrens Cateye Sunglasses in Green Ivory Silver that you can see here.

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Finally for the boys we would go with a pair of Monkey Monkey Leo Square Plastic Sunglasses in Black & White Speckle that you can see here.

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So here are a few of our top reasons to visit Sicily, but there is still so much left to see and do including visiting any one of their many amazing beaches or trying out some of the local cuisine, taken from all of the various cultures who have inhabited Sicily over the centuries. There really is so much to see and do there, but what will you choose to do, let us know in the comments.

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