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"With nothing but coastline, we have the best beaches in all of Italy."

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60-second guide to Sicily

in its own head

"With nothing but coastline, we have the best beaches in all of Italy."

but more realistically

It’s hard to argue with this, Sicily has truly great beaches and dive spots for those keen to get out into the water.

the vibe

Day to day life hums with the potential for excitement, Sicily is a colourful, vibrant and passionate country.

the natives

The people of Sicily warmly welcome tourists and make every effort to ensure your visit is one you’ll want to repeat.

the weather

The summers in Sicily can be incredibly hot - take sunblock, flip-flops and rent a car with air conditioning.

the local speciality

For a real taste of traditional cuisine, order the pasta alla norma, a pasta dish with fried aubergine, ricotta and basil which originates from Catania, a town on the east coast of the island.

the celebrity

Author of The Godfather novels, Mario Puzo hails from Sicily. Badda-bing, Badda-boom.

did you know?

Sicily has a 600 mile coastline - perfect for cooling off on those hot summer days.

they say

"In Sicily it seems as though the sun shines brighter, the shadows are darker, and life is lived full on and for the moment." - Lonely Planet

5 to see in town...

1. Duomo di Monreale

This cathedral complex which includes a monastery and palace is relatively plain from the outside, but once you step indoors what you’ll find is overwhelmingly beautiful. Each wall, column and ceiling is carved, engraved or adorned with fine colourful mosaics. A must see.

where to park?

There is a large car park just below the cathedral. Just walk up the steps from there.

2. Ortygia Old City

This island just offshore is accessible by road so take the hire car over, park up, and go for a stroll among the labyrinth of streets in this historical centre of Syracuse. Make sure you stop off and get an ice-cream in the Piazza del Duomo, a great place to rest your legs, cool off and watch the island go by.

where to park?

Street parking is available, but limited. If you have too much trouble finding a space, park on the mainland and take the short walk across.

3. Rabbit Beach

Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With fine white sand, the bay is bordered by rocky outcrops that lead into crystal clear and turquoise waters. Your photos will never do it justice.

where to park?

Parking is available on the road just a five minute walk away. Take everything you need with you when you leave the rental car - once you’re on the beach you won’t want to leave.

4. Valley of the Temples

This archaeological site just outside Agrigento is one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. This collection of temples on the rocky peak date back to 510BC and is worth a visit, not only for the fascinating insight it gives you into ancient Sicily, but for the cracking views.

where to park?

Parking is available for a couple of Euros opposite the Temple of Ercole.

5. La Pasticceria, Favignana

If a place is popular with the locals, then you can bet the menu is one of the best. This patisserie on Via Garibaldi on the island of Favignana is an absolute hit with everyone. Call in for a delicious selection of cakes, pastries and ice-creams. No holiday should include a diet.

where to park?

Street parking is available outside or within walking distance if there are no spaces.

and 4 to drive to...

1. Favignana Island

If you’d rather be in the water than admiring it from the beach, then load up the rental car with your snorkel, flippers, towels and a picnic then catch the car ferry over to Favignana Island. The coast here is great for diving, not only for the plentiful and colourful marine life, but also the caves and lagoons.

how to get there?

Catch the Siremar car ferry from Trapani port on the west coast of the island.

2. Mount Etna

No visit to Sicily would be complete without some time spent high-up on Mount Etna. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, and is both a sight to behold, and a spot to see the sights from. Situated in the Etna Park, there are various routes to take up and onto the mountain.

how to get there?

Because the mountain can be approached from the north, east or south, the best advice is to call into the airport’s tourist office when you land for up to date information on routes and road conditions.

3. Erice

For a taste of mediaeval Sicily, take the hire car for a spin up to Erice and visit the churches and castle in the clouds. This small village up in the hills outside Trapani is often covered with cloud, which makes visits there seem like stepping into a fairytale.

how to get there?

From the centre of Trapani, either the SP31 or SP3 motorways will take you directly to Erice. The journey should take no more than 45 minutes.

4. Scala dei Turchi

For a truly unique experience, head to this 'Stair of the Turks', a huge white cliff-face which has been shaped into steps and slopes down into bright blue sea between two beaches. Take your camera, so that you can be sure when you return home that your eyes weren't deceiving you.

how to get there?

From Trapani, take the E931 motorway all the way along the coast to Realmonte. The cliffs are signposted from there.