After the Greeks, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Normans, the Angevins, the Aragonese and the Bourbons, it is now the tourists who invade Sicily.
From the cities full of stories and traditions like Palermo, Messina and Trapani to the fantastic beaches of San Vito lo Capo, Mondello, Taormina and Cefalù, thousands of visitors flock to the island every year.
Uncontaminated nature, the charm of the Mediterranean landscapes, the baroque architecture and the flavors of the gastronomic tradition make it one of the most evocative and fascinating destinations in the world.
Colorful, lively and with a typically Mediterranean character, Palermo is a city where you can lose yourself by letting your senses inspire you. Rich in the legacies of the numerous dominations of the past, it shows itself to tourists in all its captivating beauty.
Here the Street Food is part of the history of the city, just look at the markets of Vucciria or Ballarò to immerse yourself in the smells, tastes and screams of the sellers. Architecture is another emblem of the fusion of different and often overlapping styles. Palermo reached its peak with the Arab-Norman dominations and the Cathedral, the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel are its shining testimony. Unesco therefore recognized them as a world heritage site along with the Puppet Theater, the traditional puppet theater.
Thanks to its crystalline sea and its white sand Mondello is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean.
A tourist famous destination, it is a few km from Palermo and rises between Mount Gallo and Mount Pellegrino. Wild and solitary in winter, it is literally stormed in the summer for its Caribbean atmosphere.
Until 1800 it was just a small fishing village and its beach a marsh. In 1898 it was reclaimed and entrusted to a Belgian company that engaged in the construction of the bathing establishment.
The fishing village was thus transformed into an avant-garde tourist destination and the Sicilian nobility found its summer meeting. Thus flourished the villas and the magnificent Art Nouveau houses that contributed to making Mondello the ideal destination for a refined and elegant tourism.
Western Sicily holds a pearl that is absolutely worth a visit.
Trapani is famous for its salt works, baroque architecture and military fortifications. Walking along the ancient walls of the north you can admire the most beautiful views of the city while the tower of Ligny and the Colombaia castle are the other testimonies of the importance of the port. It was the Carthaginians who perceived their strategic role and for years they made it a stronghold.
With the Bourbons, however, the traps and salt industries prospered. The latter are found in the WWF salt flats of Trapani and Paceco which also houses numerous migratory birds such as the pink flamingo.
San Vito Lo Capo
White beaches, clear waters and transparent bottoms are the visiting card of San Vito lo Capo, the ideal destination for holidays in Sicily. Every summer thousands of tourists flock to its coast, between Capo San Vito and the Golfo di Castellamare, attracted by natural beauties such as the cove of Bue Marino.
Lovers of unspoiled nature can go as far as the Zingaro reserve , a corner of unspoiled paradise. A protected area that hides beautiful beaches such as the tonnarella of the ostrich and cala capreria.
San Vito lo Capo rises at the foot of Mount Monaco and its historic center has developed around the Fortezza Sanctuary dedicated to San Vito Martire who preached here.
It’s worth seeing the main square, where from the top of the clock tower you can admire the gulf, and the Cofano and Secco tonnare.
Scenic landscapes, transparent sea and historical vestiges make Taormina one of the most visited places in the world.
Fundamental stage of the Grand Tour, in the twentieth century it became a meeting place for artists and intellectuals.
Kings, nobles, writers and philosophers made it their favorite destination and the city soon became famous for its sweet life style. Suspended between sky and sea, it rises on a promontory of Mount Tauro from which you can admire splendid views of the coast dominated by the Etna volcano.
The Greek Theater is its most famous monument, but the Duomo and Palazzo Corvaja also deserve to be visited. The square named “IX Aprile” is the meeting place of the nightlife, a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean surrounded by churches and Gothic-Baroque buildings, while Corso Umberto is dedicated to shopping.
A symbol of Taormina is Isola Bella, a small island connected to the mainland by a thin strip of land.
A nature reserve surrounded by vegetation, a green oasis in which to find shelter in the sunny summer days.
Protected by the fortress and surrounded by the Madonie Park, Cefalù is the largest seaside resort on the northern Sicilian coast.
Inhabited since prehistoric times, as the megalithic walls prove, it prospered with the Normans who left the splendid Cathedral, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, as a legacy.
The historic center is typically medieval in style with the classic alleys that unfold from the central squares, the Martino and Osterio Magno palaces. Every summer Cefalù attracts thousands of tourists for its pristine beaches and clear sea, as well as for the lively nightlife.
Nature lovers, on the other hand, can climb the rock to visit the Temple of Diana, the remains of the castle and enjoy the view from above.
Gate of Sicily and watershed of the Mediterranean, Messina deserves to be visited starting from its characteristic port in the shape of a sickle. At the entrance, the statue of the Virgin Mary blesses the sailors, as She did for centuries, and watches over the city which nurtures a profound veneration for her.
In fact, the processions of the corpus domini with the Babalucis, hooded faithful, and that of the vara in which the participants parade through the streets barefooted and dressed in blue and white are famous.
Messina was founded by the Greeks with the name of Zancle and flourished thanks to its outlet to the sea, but in 1908 it suffered a devastating earthquake that decimated the population.
Today you can admire the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, with the largest astronomical clock in the world, the fountain of Orione, the Church of the Santissima Annunziata of the Catalans and the Palazzo Zanca.