The Best of Sicily (A Taste of Italy)

A few days in Sicily are never enough to really have an in-depth taste of the region’s many wonders. There are so many beautiful places to visit, amazing culture and lifestyle to experience, and sumptuous dishes to taste. To visit Sicily, one must spend more than just a couple of days to truly appreciate its beauty. So, if you are set on touring the area, one useful website is It can help you find the perfect accommodations among the many available villas in Sicily. Doing so will put you in a comfortable and convenient base as you go around the area. The following are the places and culinary delights to experience.

Archaeological Parks – Head to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento to see some of the most extraordinary examples of the art and architecture of Greater Greece. Eight temples were built in the area from 510 BC to 430 BC. Despite the name, these archaeological treasures actually stand on rocky crests and not on a valley. Otherwise, you can also go to Selinunte to see one of the biggest and most notable archaeological sites in the entire Mediterranean. On the other hand, Segesta is home to one of the best preserved temples in the whole world.

Cities – Palermo is a city to see a lot of things Sicilian – from monuments to palazzi, art, culture, and culinary treasures. The open air markets of Ballarò and Vucceria are definitely crowd-pleasers where you can have a genuine experience of how Sicilians do their business. In the midst of the cacophony of sights and sounds, you will be amazed at the variety of goods on sale, from fresh produce, arts, antiques, tasty dishes, and bric-a-brac. In Taormina, you will be located in one of Sicily’s best resorts where you can also find the Greco-Roman Amphitheatre that is the site of the Annual Taormina Film Festival. From this vantage point, you will be privy to one of the most picturesque and spectacular panoramas that stretches from the bay to Mt. Etna. Go to Ragusa for an authentic Sicilian experience where you can find buildings in the Baroque and Neo-classical styles. In Syracuse and the island of Ortygia, you will find yourself seemingly transported back to medieval times, making it a perfect holiday destination for sightseeing and shopping.

Culinary delights – You must taste Sicilian food which is quite different from the usual pasta and pizza fares. Making use of the freshest seasonal ingredients makes the dishes extraordinarily delicious and tasty. The most popular pasta, Pasta alla Norma, utilizes eggplant in a light tomato sauce and served with ricotta salata. This is a typical summer dish when eggplants are in abundance. In springtime, Pasta con le Sarde, cooked with fresh sardines and wild fennel becomes a seasonal delight. You can find different versions of the dish and they are truly worth trying. For vegans, Caponata is a perfect starter or side dish. It is amazingly good and made with tomatoes, eggplants and vinegar. As for the sweets, you definitely need to try Sicilian cannoli, cassata, Torta Setteveli, gelato and granita! I do recommend the restaurant Lo Scrigno dei Sapori, if you are passing by Palermo.