The sunny dry climate of Sicily makes for a popular destination getaway for tourists and locals in the summer months. Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is a perfect place to book your Italy villa rental. The sun, sand, and medieval flavour will keep you busy discovering the combination of islands, volcanoes, and mountains. Sicily's rich history offers much to discover in the small villages around the island. It's untouched natural beauty and fertile land has made Sicily a target for many generations of conquerors. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards and the French have all tried their hand on this popular island in the Mediterranean Sea. You can still feel their presence in the ancient temples, Roman villas, Greek theatres, medieval villages, Baroque churches and Mosques.
Sicily is sometimes known as 'God's Kitchen' because they have a long history of producing a variety of noted cuisines and wines. Every part of Sicily has its own speciality. The dishes use fresh vegetables and fruits so most of the dishes are seen as healthy and affordable. Some noted ingredients are tomatoes, artichokes, olives, apricots, onions, beans, raisins, and fresh caught sea food. Some of the most notable dishes are the rich sweet ones including ice creams, pastries, and cannoli - a dessert delicacy filled with ricotta cheese. As far as wine is concerned, Sicily is the third largest wine producer in Italy, producing among others a fortified wine called Marsala.
There is so much to discover with a villa rental in Sicily. Our Sicily villas are located in prestigious areas with access to historic villages and towns with sprawling views of the white beaches. Make your own memories in one of the most visited places in Europe.
All of the ancient civilizations that succeeded in conquering Sicily left behind an outstanding heritage of artistic achievement. Visit the extraordinary and unique Greek site of Segesta, with its Doric temple and amphitheatre situated in pristine countryside, standing alone in tranquil beauty amidst nature.
A little further, is the enclave of Erice with its delightful medieval ambience and breathtaking hilltop location, filled with castles, churches and winding cobbled streets. The capital, Palermo, is less than a one hour drive from here, however, do not go with an itinerary; no map does justice to a city so colonized, yet so proud of its identity.
There is no other Italian city quite like Palermo which is an urban paradox. Life in this unique city can be challenging, though most Palermitans seem to have adapted well. Today, Palermo remains a jewel of the Mediterranean. No visit to Sicily is ever complete without a visit to Palermo, a city that permits one not just to know the island but also to begin to understand it. Considered one of the most conquered cities, you will find the most interesting juxtapositions - a baroque church in the street market, aristocratic palazzos that withstood WWII bombings and the architectural heritage of Norman, Arabic, and Byzantine influences.
The north coastline of Sicily is filled with magnificent inlets, unspoiled bays and splendid beaches. There is also the spectacular Zingaro nature reserve, a seven kilometer long line of magnificent grottoes, low reefs and fantastic sandy coves. Do not forget to hire boats or to hop on one of the boat excursions offered along the coast past the Zingaro. From Trapani you can take a ferry and visit the three exotic Egadi Islands.
Sicily is at its finest out of season, in spring or October when the crowds have eased and the temperature has dipped slightly. It marks the time of the traditional grape or olive harvest, while throughout the year one of the greatest attractions of visiting this western tip is the prospect of sampling exceptionally good regional wines in and around Marsala.
Sicily and surrounding islands house some of the most active volcanoes in Europe. Take a guided tour to Mount Etna, just east of the mainland and see the tallest and most active volcano in Europe and the world. Other smaller volcanoes to see are on the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea to the northeast of Sicily. Here there are the three active volcano islands of Stromboli, Vulcano, and Lipari.
Head to Taormina, one of the most famous towns in Sicily and located atop Mount Tauro. The Mediterranean Bay and nearby Mount Etna make for spectacular views that can be seen from almost any point in Taormina. Home to one of the most famous Greek theatres in the world and the 'Taormina Arte' the town's annual summer international arts festival of film, music, dance, and theatre. Take a stroll along the Corso and stop into one of the local cafes for a taste of granite and a piece of frutta martorana (marzipan sweets). With its archaeological location and incredible history you will want to discover what this town has to offer.
Noto is listed as a must-see attraction of this part of Italy. Enjoy the most beautiful beaches here of Cala and Pozzallo, or Eloro and Cala Mosca located inside the natural reserve of Vendicari. Also home to thousands of migratory flamingos and sea turtles which nest on the beach.
Head to Caltagirone, the most important centre in Sicily for the artistic production of ceramics and terracotta sculptures. .
Choose from the following 2 airports in Sicily
Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) (also named as Vincenzo Bellini Airport) which is airport located just southwest of Catania, the second largest city in Sicily.
Falcone Borsellino Airport (PMO) or simply Palermo Airport, formerly Punta Raisi Airport is located at Punta Raisi, approximately 19 km northwest of Palermo, the capital city of Sicily
Both airports are serviced by international airline carriers.
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Passport and Visa Requirements
We recommend that you travel with a passport. A visa is not required if you plan to visit for a few weeks. If your stay exceeds 90 days, then applying for a visa is required which you can do at any police station while you are there.
Sicily has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers.
Time zones: Central European Time, six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Daylight savings time is observed from March to September.