The Ancient theatre of Taormina with Mt Etna on the background in Sicily

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The Mediterranean island of Sicily was a Greek colony for 600 years, lending it a varied history with lots of fascinating sights to see. With flights to Sicily from many UK airports, it's never been easier to get a taste of island life.

Why go?

Perched on the toe-end of Italy's boot, this fascinating island has enough history and attractions to delight any visitor...

There are many castles in Sicily, such as Castello Ursino in Catania, Castello di Venere in Trapani and Castello Maniace in Syracuse.
If you're interested in archaeology, one of the island's most famous archaeological sites is the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

There are plenty of stunning and dramatic landscape to explore on Sicily. It's renowned for its volcanic landscape, including its biggest volcano, Mount Etna. The north of the island is a mountainous and rocky landscape.

If you prefer your holidays a bit more relaxed, you might want to head towards the sandy beaches in the south. You could even take a day trip by ferry to one of the nearby Aeolian islands.

Should you wish to fill your trip with more culture and intrigue, then you could head to the capital city of Palmero, where you can visit its catacombs, as well as a whole host of museums and galleries. Alternatively, you could go to one of Sicily's other cities, such as Trapani, Catania, Cefalu, Taormina or the Parco Naturale Regionale Delle Madonie.

Some of the main attractions to see while you're in Sicily include the Valle di Templi in Agrigento, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the world's finest examples of Greater Greece architecture. In addition to the Necropolis of Pantalica, which contains more than 5,000 tombs dating to between the 7th and 13th centuries, there's also the Villa Romana del Casale, which is a stunning Roman villa built in the 4th century that contains some of the world's best examples of Roman mosaics.

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How to get there?

With several airports served from the UK, there are a range of options for visiting Sicily...

The summer months bring the full range of flights but many operate year round.

Catania has the widest range of services, with easyJet flights from Gatwick, Luton and Manchester, British Airways and Norwegian from Gatwick and Thomson from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. Air Malta also flies from several UK departure points via its Malta hub.

For Palermo, you can fly with easyJet from Gatwick and Ryanair from Stansted. Trapani is served by Ryanair from Manchester and Comiso from Stansted, again with the Irish carrier.

Direct flights to the island take around three hours each way. You can also make regular connections to Palermo and Catania with airlines such as Alitalia via Rome and Milan, Air France via Paris, Germanwings via Cologne, Dusseldorf or Hamburg and Meridiana via Naples.

Connecting flights take around four to five hours upwards.

Getting to and from the airport

The island has been welcoming tourists for many years and is geared up well for getting you around with ease...

If you're travelling by air to Sicily, flights frequently come into its three major airports. These are Catania Fontanarossa (CTA), Palermo Punta Raisi (PMO) and Trapani Birgi (TPS).

Some budget airlines use Vincenzo Magliocco Airport (CIY), near the city of Comiso, to fly to Sicily. Although it's not a large airport, and Comiso itself isn't really a tourist hotspot, you'll find it's ideally situated for reaching the southern curve of Sicily, which is peppered with beautiful beaches and idyllic bays. It's an ideal destination if you want to hire a car and tour the south of the island.

If you're landing at Catania, Palermo or Trapani, each airport is well equipped for onward ground transportation. Bus links, taxi ranks and car-hire desks can be found at each airport. Some hotels in Sicily also offer shuttle services.

If you're thinking of booking car hire in Sicily, you should pre-book your car and arrange for collection either at the airport upon arrival or from a downtown location in your nearest town or city. Compare car-hire deals on TravelSupermarket to find the lowest prices. With much to see and do around the island, car hire lets visitors make the most of their holiday.

Where to stay?

Sicily has been a traveller's retreat for centuries, so you'll find no shortage of hotels to match all tastes and budgets...

With brooding Mount Etna - one of the world's best known active volcanoes - overlooking the island like a grouchy Mafia boss, there's something a little mysterious about Sicily. Thankfully, there's no mystery about where to find good hotels - they're practically everywhere.

You don't have to stick to the large seaside towns for your accommodation - many inland rural areas have opened up for tourism with hotels and guest houses popping up all over the place. You can book almost anywhere on the island and be safe in the knowledge that, thanks to Sicily's reluctance to embrace purpose-built resorts, you'll be getting an authentic taste of Italian hospitality.

History and charm adorn most of the fine five-star hotels, although there are also a few modern hotels in Sicily. You'll also find plenty of budget accommodation in charming old houses, all mingling with luxury hotels on the outskirts of amenity-packed towns and villages. Keep an eye out for half-board deals, which are quite popular on the island, too.

You'll find beach resorts in the shape of Giardini Naxos, Cefalu, Mortelle and Mondello. Or, if the big cities are more your thing, head for Palermo, Catania or Trapani.

Winters bring more rain than the rest of the year, but Sicily is open all year round. Anyone with an eye for a bargain will find that hotel prices drop like the temperatures during off-peak months.

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