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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