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Guide to Sicily

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Our recommendations if you are planning a vacation or visit to Sicily and the islands.

  • Sicilian Guide and Car Service
    Francesca Lombardo has worked as a guide and tour escort since 1992. She is not only a licensed guide but a licensed driver too. Her services range from one-day excursions from Palermo (her base) to week-long, guided tours around Sicily. She also offers cookery classes and winery visits and every...
  • soloSicily
    Since 2006 soloSicily has been providing the most desirable and beautiful villas in Sicily to travellers from across the world. With our base in Sicily we have the unique advantage of being able to hand-pick and visit all of our villas to ensure they are of the highest standard. Our team is made u...
  • Cooking lessons in Palermo
    We have arranged 8 exclusive Sicilian cooking classes starting Saturday, November 23, 2013 in the splendid setting of the restaurant of Palazzo Branciforte in Palermo. You will prepare typical Sicilian dishes from local tradition each accompanied by Sicilian wines. The menu of your class will vary...
  • All Saints Feast in Sicily
    All Saints Feast - Eastern Sicily - 4 days/3 nights On November 2nd, in every town or village in Sicily becomes big party: schools closed for at least two days, big lights, stalls everywhere overflowing with toys and, in some cases, as in Catania, a grand "Fair of the Dead" placed at the center of ...
  • Palermo Home Cooking and Street Food Tour
    Francesca Lombardo is a licensed guide and driver who has been working as a tour escort since 1992. Her services range from day excursions from her home town of Palermo to full seven day guided tours around Sicily. Below are 2 proposals based in Palermo, both with a strong home cooking and local cu...
  • Week Sicily Tour from Catania
    This 8 day tour of Sicily by Soleintur features all the 'must sees' of the island's most enchanting historical and cultural sights such as Etna, Palermo, Taormina and Agrigento. Below we highlight the main elements of the tour with the latest published rates. The itinerary is designed for indi...
  • Soleintur, Sicily Tour Operator
    Based in Catania, Soleintur is an incoming tour operator for Sicily specializing in cultural, historical and gastronomic tours of the island for individuals as well as groups and schools. Soleintur can help you plan a customized tour program based up on your specific needs or offer you local suppor...
  • Sicily Festivals and Events Short Breaks
    The following Sicily short break ideas have been put together by Catania based Soleintur Incoming Operator for an authentic experience of Sicilian cultural heritage. They allow the independent visitors to get up close to some of the most important festivals and traditional events held each year in ...
  • Sicily Food and Wine Tours
    Catania based Incoming Operator Soleintur proposes a number of food related tours for independent travellers looking to discover not just the fabulous typical products and wine of Sicily, but gastronomic events taking place each year. Below we will be highlighting selected tours. Contact Soleintur ...
  • Guided Tours of Palermo, Sicily
    These half day and day guided tours of Palermo include food tastings and visits to some of the most important historical sites in the city and nearby Monreale.   GUIDED VISIT OF PALERMO – HALF DAY SERPOTTA TOUR Guided visit of the Oratorio S. Cita, all’Oratorio SS. Rosario in S. Domenico, the Mar...
  • Sicily Day Wine Tours
    Sicilian wines have been on the up for a number of years now and these fabulous wine tours propose are an enjoyable day to appreciate the production of three renowned cantine. They all include a guided tour of the cellars and guided tastings, CANTINE BARBERA Guided visit of the Cantina (approx. 4...
  • Palermo Shopping Tours, Sicily
    The city of Palermo is a great place for a short break, but it might be worth booking a guide to get the best out of your stay. If you like shopping then Together Personal Shopping & Luxury Services have the best proposals in town.   SHOPPING TOUR 'In giro per la citta', a walk through art and h...
  • L'Approdo delle Sirene Bed and Breakfast, Siracusa
    L'Approdo delle Sirene Bed and Breakfast is set in two floors of a historic building overlooking the harbour of Ortigia, the ancient historical heart of the city just across from modern Siracusa in Sicily. In fact, you can cross over to the new town using the bridge which connects the waterfront. ...
  • Sicilian Cooking Demo, Siracusa
    Sicilian Demo Cooking is an introduction to the unique cuisine of Sicily from its Arab, Greek, Norman and other influences, to the combination of sea, land and both peasant and aristocratic backgrounds. All these make up traditional Sicilian cooking and Fioreangela will demonstrate to you that the ...
  • Castello San Marco, Sicily Offers
    Contact Castello San Marco Relais Hotel directly to find out more about the following special offers. All can be booked online directly with the hotel. WELLNESS WEEKEND PACKAGE FOR CHRISTMAS Castello San Marco is offering a special wellness weekend package during the Christmas period. Every weeke...
  • Wedding and Catering Services in Ragusa, Sicily
    Consider the restaurant locations and catering services of Locanda Don Serafino located in Ragusa in south east Sicily for your wedding reception or special event. The one star Restaurant Locanda Don Serafino is located in the heart of the old historical centre of Ibla Ragusa, while the Lido Azzurr...
  • A Classic Fiat 500 for a Sicily Wedding
    Rent a classic Fiat 500 for your wedding in Taormina, Sicily. 500 Vintage Car Tours have many a wonderful selection of vehicle colours to choose from to match your weddings dress, eyes, or the romantic countryside of the land and sea.
  • Locanda Don Serafino Restaurant, Ragusa
    The one star Michelin Locanda Don Serafino Restaurant is just a short walk from the Locanda Don Serafino Hotel. Both are owned and managed by the same family and are connected by small and narrow traffic free paths near the baroque center of Ibla, Ragusa’s historic centre in Sicily. The menu by C...
  • Lido Azzurro Restaurant, Marina di Ragusa
    The Lido Azzurro Restaurant is part of the gourmet proposals of boutique Hotel Locanda Don Serafino in Ibla Ragusa and which also includes the Locanda Don Serafino Restaurant. Formally entitled the Lido Azzurro Ristorante da Serafino 1953, the restaurant is situated right on a long beach of powdery...
  • Hosteria Rossopeperoncino, Taormina
    Restaurant Rossopeperoncino 'hosteria sicula' is positioned at the foot of a small alleyway besides Il Duomo or Cathedral of Taormina. Diners enter first a splendid courtyard full of green vegetation and the fragrance of flowers. The internal part of the restaurant is equally warm and welcoming...
  • Luxury Apartments in Taormina
    In 2011, luxury apartments belonging to Hotel Villa Carlotta and about 150 meters from the hotel, were opened in the centre of Taormina. They can be rented on a self-catering basis and guests can also enjoy the facilities of the hotel. The apartments are made up of one or two elegant bedrooms with...
  • Locanda Don Serafino Hotel Ragusa
    The 4 star Hotel Locanda Don Serafino is an extremely refined and welcoming three star hotel in the heart of old Ragusa itself inserted on the World Heritage List of Unesco. The hotel is situated right in the heart of baroque quarter of Ragusa in a tastefully renovated 19th-century mansion where ma...
  • Sicily Driver, private chauffeur guide services
    Your private driver for Sicily and chauffeur guide for the island is Giacomo Mazza based in Catania. With a Sicilian father and a Irish mother, Giacomo, or James, runs a small company of authorized and English speaking NCC drivers near Catania in partnership with Limousine Sicily in the west of the...
  • Castello di San Marco Sicily Weddings
    Castello di San Marco charming hotel & SPA is a wonderful place to consider your wedding celebrations and honeymoon. Not only is it a genuine historical castle on the Ionian Sea in Sicily, the hotel can cater for your reception both in the sumptuous Mastri Flavetta Restaurant but also the verdant g...
  • Etna Jeep Tours, Catania
    Sicily Off Road are specialists in 4x4 guided tours of Mount Etna with excursions departing from Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Catania, Messina, Acireale. Sicily Off Road is also specialised in shore excursions from the main tourist ports of West Sicily such as Catania, Messina, Giardini Naxos and Rip...
  • Classic Fiat 500 Vintage Tours, Sicily
    If you have ever wanted to drive a classic Fiat 500 car while on vacation in Italy, then contact 500 Vintage Tour based in the province of Catania near Mount Etna and Taormina. An unforgettable Sicily car tour hire experience in the most classic of Italian motor vehicles. You can choose from a ran...
  • Mastri Flavetta Restaurant, Taormina Riviera
    The Mastri Flavetta is the fabulous restaurant of Castello di San Marco on the Catania coast near Mount Etna. Featuring in the Michelin Guide, the restaurant specializes in fresh fish dishes served with organic vegetables grown in the grounds of the estate. Each night there are always new dish...
  • Holiday Housing, Aeolian Islands Rental Apartments & Villas
    Holiday Housing manages the seasonal rental and weekly bookings of houses, villas and private accommodation in Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi. In other words, the beautiful Aeolian Archipelago of islands in north Sicily. Contact, this Lipari based booking ag...
  • Hotel Villa Ducale, Taormina
    The 4 star Taormina boutique Hotel Villa Ducale is an authentic aristocratic villa recently restored and converted into a charming and romantic hotel in Sicily. With over 80 km coastline visible from the panoramic terrace, as well as Mount Etna in the background, the hotel has an old fashioned ...
  • Hotel Villa Carlotta, Taormina
    Villa Carlotta in Taormina is a luxury boutique Sicilian hotel and sister accommodation to the award winning Hotel Villa Ducale nearby. It is a sophisticated choice for discerning travellers who are looking for a vacation of charm and exclusivity. Villa Carlotta is still surrounded by lush g...

SICILY TRAVEL INFORMATION AND TOURISM SUGGESTIONS

The region of Sicily includes Catania, Palermo, Trapani, Taormina, Enna, Ragusa, Siracusa, Messina, Agrigento, the Egadi, Aeolian and Lampedusa islands and Caltannissetta.

First point of call would be Catania and a visit to Mount Etna. Try skiing the volcano in winter.

The Nebrodi National Park in the province offers plenty of trekking and outdoor experiences. Sleep over in one of the Aeolian islands choosing from Lipari, Salina, Vulcano or Stromboli.

The long north coast runs towards Cefalu and the coast is spectacular. Palermo's fortune was built on citrus fruit and the aristocratic buildings can just about be seen.

The territory between here and Trapani is worth some time. Such locations as Monreale, Alcamo and Piana di Albanese.

Italy's upcoming wine zone can take inspiration from Marsala which gave the world their sweet dessert wine.

The west coast also provided the British Empire with a strategic and economic base from the time of Nelson. Ragusa and Siracusa will put you at the most southerly part of Italy.

Then there is all the interior to discover, done best by the Normans who created their fiefdom around 1000 years ago.

Consult our latest or last updated Sicily travel articles below, or access them from the links above right divided by recipes, food, wine, itineraries, tours and trip suggestions

  • The Festival of Saint Agatha

    Published in Sicily Itineraries
    The citizens of Catania dedicate a religious festival to the city's patron Saint Agatha of Sicily. The festival takes place every year from the 3rd to the 5th of February. During the religious procession, Saint Agatha's statue, which houses her relics, is carried in a silver carriage known as "fercolo" that is pulled by the devouts. The "fercolo" is followed by hundreds of citizens. The devouts wear traditional clothes: a white alb, black beret and white gloves and they There are eleven large candleshaped structures called "candelore" which are carried by other devouts and symbolize the guilds. They all drag…
    Last modified on 28 January 2014

The Refined sicily: Culture, Nature and Gastronomy (Tour for Groups)

Published in Sicily Itineraries
The Refined sicily: Culture, Nature and Gastronomy   EAST-CENTRAL SICILY TOUR ITINERARY   DAY 1 (CATANIA - RIVIERA DEI CICLOPI - ACIREALE) Start at Catania-Fontanarossa Airport. Meeting with the local guide in the morning for a tour in the historic centre of Catania. Walk along the striking roads of the town to see the most beautiful historic buildings, monuments and churches. Stop at Porta Uzeda, considered the main and oldest entrance of Catania, which leads to the town square Piazza del Duomo. See the Cathedral, the town hall and the ancient stone elephant, which is the symbol of the town,…
Last modified on 20 January 2014

Sicily Tours

Published in Sicily Tours

Browse the main Travel Categories menu above for all the tours, vacation breaks and guides featured in Delicious Italy divided by typology. Below we highlight a selection of incoming tour offers in Taormina, Etna, Siracusa, the Eolian Islands and the rest of Sicily.

 

Last modified on 26 September 2013

Cous Cous Fest, San Vito Lo Capo

Published in Sicily Food
This event was recently described by Tom Kington, an Italy correspondent for the Guardian newspaper in the UK, as 'dubious', whatever that means. It is, in fact, one of Sicily's most progressive and consolidated annual culinary appointments. Cous Cous Fest takes place in the last week of September in San Vito Lo Capo, province of Trapani, and there is no better time or place to find out more about this most popular of dishes. The full title of the event is 'Cous Cous Fest - The International Festival of Cultural Integration', and if that is a dubious proposition in this day and age,…
Last modified on 26 September 2013

Selected Accommodation in Sicily

Published in Sicily Accommodation

Browse the main Travel Categories menu above for all the accommodation featured in Delicious Itay divided by typology.

Below we highlight a selection of places to stay in Taormina, Ragusa and the islands of Lipari, Stromboli and the rest of the Isole Eoilie.

 

Last modified on 25 September 2013

Carnival of Acireale

Published in Sicily Itineraries
Known for its elaborate masks and allegorical floats, the Carnival of Acireale, province of Catania, in Sicily is considered to be one of the most beautiful celebrations in Italy this time of year. In a process requiring time and patience as well as talent, local artisans create floats made out of paper-mache or flowers, a local tradition dating all the way back to the 1600s. Displays often depict the satirical masks of celebrities and competition is fierce as prizes are awarded to the best floats in each category.
Last modified on 31 July 2013

Island of Stromboli and Festival of Fire

Published in Sicily Itineraries
Stromboli has been in the news in the last few years thanks to its aggressive eruptions and tidal wave making properties. In fact, it is the most active of all the Mediterranean volcanoes. When you see a image of the island you can't believe people still live there. The northwest coastline of the island is known as 'Sciara del Fuoco' as it is here the lava flows tend to reach the sea in huge mists of water. The crater of the volcano 'Serra Vancura' stands at 926 meters above sea level and the local guides suggest a climb to the…
Last modified on 26 July 2013