Tours of Sicily

Tours of Sicily

Located in the center of the Mediterranean, nearer to North Africa than to Rome, Sicily in Italy enjoys more sunshine than anywhere else in Europe, intensifying the naturally vibrant colours of the landscape buildings. Take a tour of Sicily in Italy to see it is a triangular-shaped island, surrounded by three different seas - the Mediterranean, the Tyrrhenian and the lonian. Golden sandy coastlines alternate with steep craggy cliffs. Rocky headlands and hidden coves create some spectacular panoramas, especially along the northern Mediterranean coast from Messina to Cefalu and Palermo. Inland you will also find some of Italy’s most dramatic scenery. A tour of Sicily can bring you to magnificently mountainous with deep ravines and, of course, the extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes, particularly around Mount Etna. This is the largest volcano in Europe and provides an enormously permanent and dominant backdrop to much of eastern Sicily. It's awesome crater can be reached by jeep or on foot, passing through fertile slopes of olives, almonds, grapes and citrus fruits along the way - and the view from the summit will take your breath away. Sicily in Italy is awash with colour all year round, even in winter, when the peak of Mount Etna is bright white with snow. Below, in Taormina, the weather remains mild and the citrus orchards are ripe for picking, whilst in spring the air is heady with the scent of orange and lemon blossoms. Sicily is Italy’s largest region, and it retains its own sense of identity more than any other.  We strongly recommend a tour of Sicily to discover all that Sicily has to offer: this region was formed and shaped by two thousand years of history, with Greeks, Romans, Byzanitnes, Arabs, Normans and Spanish all occupying it an leaving their diverse influences on both the culture and architecture. Archaeologists have a field day here, with superb examples of ancient Greece to be found at Agrigento, Selinunte and Siracusa (the birthplace of Archimedes). Also, the most exceptional Roman mosaics in the world are situated in the Villa del Casale near the town of Piazza Armerina. A tour-out to Sicily’s own offshore islands is well worth the effort. The Aeolian Islands are strikingly beautiful volcanic cliffs separated by inlets, whilst the three Pelagie Islands are isolated unspoilt, lying between Sicily and the African coast.

Perhaps the best way to enjoy this special island is to rent your own holiday home. We are pleased to offer a wonderful selection of self-catering Italian villas in Sicily from which to choose from.

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The mainstays of Sicilian cuisine are the huge variety of deliciously fresh fish available, and the home-grown citrus fruits, capers, olives and dessert of sponge cake, ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit. Other local favourites include: pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines), braciole alla Siciliana (marinated pork chops) and zuppa di pesce which contains bream, squid and shellfish. And for the vegetable-lovers Caponata consists of fried aubergine with a sweet and sour sauce of tomato, pine nuts, celery, olives and capers. Last but not least, the ice cream - which is possibly the best in Italy!  If you do stay in one of our self-catering Sicily villas you will definitely want to shop at the local food markets. The markets in Sicily are even more colourful, chaotic and noisy than their mainland counterparts. Try the lively Mercato della Pescheria in Catania, with its middle eastern flavour, or the wonderfully atmospheric Mercato della Vucciria in Palermo, which switches on a thousand lights every sunset. As with the rest of Italy, Sicily has an abundance of delicious local wines to sample. There are products widely available to suit all tastes, including - for those of you with a preference for sweet wine - Passito wine from Pantelleria, Malvasia wine from Lipari and Marsala all’Uovo wine from Marsala. For the dry taste, try red or white Corvo from Salaparuta or Bianco d’Alcamo, and you will find that all the dry reds and whites from the slopes of Mount Etna are of a very fine quality.  

The island itself has a long history of invasion and conquest resulting in a big melting pot of heritage, with influences seen and felt throughout the landscapes, the cuisine, the culture and of course the architecture. The architecture tells the story of the ancient origins of this island.  Palermo the capital is rich in its offerings; the Palazzo dei Normanni, the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti with its five red domes and the majestic Cathedral housing works of art and the Royal and Imperial Tombs.  There are a whole host of baroque monuments and buildings rich in stuccowork here.

Worthy of a visit is the town of Cefalu, famous for its artistic legacy such as the Cathedral dating back to Norman times.  Trapani has countless monuments, ancient buildings, churches and its Cathedral with Gothic portal is a must-see.  Syracuse is a myriad of buildings, churches, piazzas, alleys and facades adorning every corner of this city.

If you are considering renting a villa in Sicily, Cottages to Castles are pleased to offer a selection of privately owned and superbly presented properties. Choose a dream vacation home for your holidays in Sicily here.

   OUR FULL RANGE OF HOLIDAY HOMES IN TOURS OF SICILY  
EDERA
EDERA
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 2 | No of bedrooms 1
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ALBA SUL MARE
ALBA SUL MARE
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 4 | No of bedrooms 2
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BELLA CHIARA
BELLA CHIARA
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 4 | No of bedrooms 2
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CASA DELLE MANDORLE
CASA DELLE MANDORLE
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 4 | No of bedrooms 2
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PUGLISI COTTAGE
PUGLISI COTTAGE
Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 4 | No of bedrooms 2
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VILLA ESOTICA
VILLA ESOTICA
Terrasini, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 4 | No of bedrooms 2
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BOUGANVILLEA
BOUGANVILLEA
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 6 | No of bedrooms 3
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CASA DEL TESORO
CASA DEL TESORO
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 6 | No of bedrooms 3
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FINESTRA SUL MARE
FINESTRA SUL MARE
Scopello, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 6 | No of bedrooms 3
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TERRAZZA SICILIANA
TERRAZZA SICILIANA
Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 6 | No of bedrooms 3
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VILLA PUGLISI
VILLA PUGLISI
Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 5 | No of bedrooms 3
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VILLA TRAPPETO
VILLA TRAPPETO
Trappeto, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 6 | No of bedrooms 3
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VILLA VISTA MARE
VILLA VISTA MARE
Alcamo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 5 | No of bedrooms 3
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BELLA GIULIA
BELLA GIULIA
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 8 | No of bedrooms 4
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VILLA IL PADRINO
VILLA IL PADRINO
Milo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 7 | No of bedrooms 4
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VILLA NICOLETTA
VILLA NICOLETTA
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 7 | No of bedrooms 4
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VILLA PALIZZOLO
VILLA PALIZZOLO
Buseto Palizzolo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 7 | No of bedrooms 4
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VILLA PETTINEO
VILLA PETTINEO
Pettineo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 8 | No of bedrooms 4
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BAIA SEGRETA
BAIA SEGRETA
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 9 | No of bedrooms 5
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OLIVE GROVE VILLA
OLIVE GROVE VILLA
Polizzi Generosa, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 10 | No of bedrooms 5
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VILLA SPLENDIDA
VILLA SPLENDIDA
Cinisi, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 10 | No of bedrooms 5
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BAIA DEI SOSPIRI
BAIA DEI SOSPIRI
Brucoli, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 12 | No of bedrooms 6
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VILLA SAN VITO
VILLA SAN VITO
Bonagia, Valderice, Sicily GBP 0
Sleep 13 | No of bedrooms 7
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