I love southern Italy and Sicily has a variety of greatness to offer any traveler. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is a top tourist destination. It is easy to fly into Sicily or take a ferry from Naples. Sicily has a strong cultural heritage that includes a variety of sites to visit especially if you are a lover of history or architecture. Some of my favorite spots in Sicily include Palermo, Mondello, Taormina, Corleone, Syracuse, Ortigia, Ragusa, and Agrigento. Sicily houses the most active volcano in Europe- Mount Etna. The hike up takes about two hours and is a must do if you are physically capable. You can reward yourself after with a delicious gelato! The views are spectacular and the thrill is exhilarating. You have different views as the scenery changes to include green fields, orchards, vineyards and rough lava deserts.
Cicero called Syracuse, “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.” In modern day it has one of the best collections of ancient ruins dating back to the eighth century. It includes on site a Greek theater and a Roman amphitheater. The Greek Theater is one of the most important examples of ancient theater architecture anywhere. It was designed in the fifth century by the Greek architect Damacopos and highlighted many famous Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus. It is a great sight to visit in the morning and then spend your afternoon on the glorious island of Ortigia. You can enjoy the views of the Temple of Apollo as you enter and there is a great outdoor market nearby that is open every morning except for Sundays and there is a feast for the eyes. You can find a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and the best part is to observe the Sicilian people in action. I love to listen to the people speak, well actually shout in the case of Sicilians, but either way it is exciting and I cannot wait to repeat this vacation very soon.