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Sicily Holidays

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Nestled under the bottom of Italy’s boot, 80 miles from Africa, is Sicily, the history-steeped island that combines the best that Italy has to offer in terms of sunshine, hospitality and great food with the holiday atmosphere of island life. Sicily may be small but it’s packed with beautiful beaches and great hotels, making it a favourite summer holiday choice for thousands of tourists each year.

Kaos Hotel
Demetra
Villa Athena
Antica Perla
Hotel Della Valle

Great Places to Visit

Whether you want to spend a lazy day on the beach, eat a gourmet lunch in a fantastic restaurant or explore Roman history, Sicily has it all.

Your Perfect Resort

Glamorous Taormina, on the east coast, attracts a sophisticated crowd who want to eat delicious pasta and shop for designer labels after they’ve hit the beach. Nearby Letojanni is slightly quieter but just as smart. Cefalu in the north transforms from fishing village to major tourist hub every summer thanks to its amazing beach.

Mount Etna

Unlike its neighbour Vesuvius, Mount Etna is a volcano that’s very much alive and kicking, meaning the experts constantly have their eye on it! Its last spectacular display was in 2005, and a holiday to Sicily isn’t complete without a scary all-terrain tour to its summit. The views from the top are out of this world!

Experience the Island History

Tear yourself away from the beach to visit one or two of Sicily’s amazing historical attractions. Taormina is home to a famous Greco-Roman amphitheatre. In Cefalu, grab some gelato and stroll to the cathedral where you can admire the 12th century gold and blue mosaic interior before seeing it lit up when the sun goes down.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

In Sicily it’s all about the food and wine. One of the island’s most famous dishes is aranci, delicious deep-fried rice-filled balls of yumminess. Spaghetti with sardines is another authentic taste sensation, and don’t miss the sweet cannoli. Most resorts have good bars but the best nightlife is in the capital, Palermo.

Getting Around

Many UK tourists connect to Sicily with flights from Rome or Milan, but it’s possible to fly directly to Palmero or Catania. From here, it’s simple to hire a car, take a bus or arrange a private transfer to your resort. Once in your destination, it’s usually easy to get around on foot, although some places can be hilly so check if you have mobility issues. Taxis are widely available but agree fares first.

By Bus

Sicily has a good bus service, especially in its main towns. Tickets are routinely bought in newspaper shops and you date stamp them on the machines onboard. Remember to do this to avoid a fine!

By Car

It’s easy to hire a car in Sicily but taking to the roads here isn’t for the faint hearted! Fast, unpredictable driving by UK standards is the norm. If you do decide to brave the roads, stick to the right.

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Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t require a visa to travel to Italy but a valid passport is essential. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Medical and travel insurance are a must for travel to Italy. Check your EHIC card is up to date for emergency hospital treatment. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/health

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