Discover this stunning island's natural beauty and historic sights

The beautiful island of Sicily is an intriguing blend of European style, history and exotic flare. Located between mainland Italy and Tunisia, Italy's largest island is blessed with a beautiful climate, breathtaking scenery and incredible sights that chronicle Mediterranean history and culture over the centuries.

Sicily's unique culture is complemented by stunning natural beauty - rolling valleys swathed in olive trees and vineyards, spectacular views of Mount Etna, and over 1000 miles of pristine coastline surrounded by exotic islands. Hiring a car is a great way to explore this beautiful island at your own pace. Spend time discovering fascinating ruins, charming towns and some of Italy's finest cuisine.

Top hotels in Sicily

Villa Diodoro

from £791

The Ashbee Hotel

from £909

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +1 hour

Currency:

Euro

Flying time to destination:

3 hours to Catania or Palermo

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When to visit Sicily

Jan

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Feb

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Mar

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Apr

Recommended

Good time to escape

May

Recommended

Good time to escape

Jun

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jul

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Aug

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Sep

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Oct

Recommended

Good time to escape

Nov

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Dec

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

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Recommended Sicily Hotels

San Domenico Palace Hotel

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 15 Oct '16

from £809

Villa Diodoro

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 01 Oct '16

from £791

The Ashbee Hotel

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 01 Oct '16

from £909

Excelsior Palace Hotel

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 01 Oct '16

from £636

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Sicily is a tourist box of chocolates and as the island is so large I would recommend considering a multi centre holiday and hiring a car. Taormina is a great place to start with its fascinating warren of small lanes boasting a formidable variety of shops, bars and restaurants.

As you wander around you see enticing glimpses of the stunning coastline far below. Mt Etna is an excursion not to be missed. A trip to Bar Vitelli in Savoca, used in The Godfather film is a must – it feels just like stepping straight into the film set. Take a circular day drive around the coast to picturesque Cefalu and then back through the mountainous countryside. You will not fail to be amazed by the views around every corner and may be lucky enough like us to be invited to join in a village Sunday lunch. The southern part of the island is different again with some historic cities and towns. And the food – well as you expect in Italy it never disappoints.

Suzanne Vermigle