The most desirable villas in Sicily
Palermo is one of those cities with its own very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveller’s imagination...
Sitting serenely on its natural bay, Cefalù is a small town that offers a great deal: a sandy beach, winding Mediaeval streets, excellent fish restaurants and a masterpiece of Norman architecture.
Towering over western Sicily at a height of 751m above sea level, Erice is a wonderfully preserved Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history.
Most famous in recent times for having hosted part of the Americas Cup, Trapani boasts a long history which, according to legend, all began when something fell off the back of Demeter's chariot!
Marsala is internationally famous for one thing: wine. And while the locals are extremely proud of this amber nectar, they are equally enthusiastic about their town's long, illustrious history!
Fishing, carnivals and spas may seem like a strange mix of characteristics, but these are the things that really sum up the town of Sciacca (pronounced Shaka) on the south-west coast of Sicily!
Surveying Palermo and the Conca D’Oro from its panoramic hill-top position, Monreale is home to one of the world’s most stunning architectural treasures: the fabulous Norman Duomo!
Its strategic position at the base of a promontory stretching 5km out into the Tyrrhenian Sea, has given Milazzo an important role since it was founded by settlers from Zancle over 2,500 years ago...
Scylla, one of Odysseus’ great foes, inhabits its coastline, Shakespeare set Much Ado About Nothing there and St. Ignatius Loyola founded the world’s first Jesuit college in the town's centre...
Sitting at a height of 1,196 metres above sea level and cut off from the world below by a series of precipitous drops, Enna is an impressive sight for travellers crossing the centre of Sicily...
The largest fishing fleet in Italy, a world famous Dancing Satyr netted from the sea, a labyrinthine North African Kasbah... Mazara offers a fascinating mix of culture, history, ethnicity and art.
Idyllicly situated, high above the sea, Taormina has been the most popular tourist destination in Sicily for a couple of hundred of years, ever since it became an integral part of the Grand Tour...
Catania, the lava city, is Sicily’s second largest. It lies on the Ionian Sea and at the foot of Mount Etna, whose presence has profoundly influenced both the history and the very fabric of the town...
Syracuse was the most important and beautiful city of Magna Graecia. It famously defeated the mighty Athens in 413 and was also home to many a great Greek, including the inimitable Archimedes!
Noto represents the apotheosis of Baroque architecture. Completely destroyed by the terrible 1693 earthquake, the town was rebuilt from scratch in a flambuoyant, exuberant style.
Drivers beware! As the SS115 passes over the 300m-high Guerrieri bridge you may well hear gasps of surprise from your passengers... they have just caught their first glimpse of Modica!
One of Sicily's most beautiful and fascinating towns, Ragusa has caused many a visitor’s jaw to drop. More recently it has become a gastronomic centre with several Michelin-starrted restaurants!
Less well-known than its prestigious neighbours (Ragusa, Noto and Modica) but just as fascinating and beautiful, Scicli is well worth a visit if you’re ever in south-eastern Sicily.
Situated deep in the Sicilian hinterland, at 721 metres above sea level, stands Piazza Armerina, one of Sicily’s most frequented tourist spots... though it is not the town most people come to see!
Swirling patterns, vibrant colours, painstakingly detailed designs..... Wherever you go in Caltagirone this is what you will see: ceramics is the name of the game and it has been for millennia!
Just a few kilometres up the coast from Italy's southernmost point, in the deep south-east of Sicily, is one of Sicily's prettiest seaside villages: Marzamemi, or Bay of the Turtle Doves, as the Arabs named it.
Home to one of Italy's largest and most popular carnivals, Acireale is a bustling commercial town just north of Catania whose origins are swathed in the mists of myth and legend...
Important enough during Roman times for Cicero write of it, today, after years of relative obscurity and isolation, Agira is well and truly back on the map as a centre of Italian fashion!