5 Reasons to Holiday in Sicily | Long Travel Journal
5 Reasons to Holiday in Sicily | Long Travel Journal
5 Reasons to Holiday in Sicily | Long Travel Journal

Five Reasons to Holiday in Sicily


1. The Cuisine of Ragusa and the Modica Chocolate will be a highlight of your Sicily holiday

The food is always a highlight of any holiday in Italy, but when we think of Sicily holidays there are two things which really stand out for us. If you are lucky enough to spend your holiday in Ragusa you will discover that this tiny town boasts no fewer than three Michelin star restaurants – all delicious and very memorable! One of these restaurants is located in Locanda Don Serafino, creating delicious seasonal dishes inspired by Ragusan cuisine. A meal here is worth every penny and is sure to be a highlight of any holiday in Ragusa. If you fancy a taste of history and culture in your cuisine, try the incredible food at the Duomo restaurant. Words such as ‘seductive’ and ‘baroque’ were used to describe the food by the inspectors and every dish created by Ciccio Sultano is like a little mini masterpiece on a plate for you to tuck into! Another unforgettable Ragusa holiday experience! Alternatively, visit Ristorante La Fenice, which offers traditional cuisine with a touch of modernism. The flavours that Claudio Ruta produces are delicious with a focus on seafood dishes. You will be sure to taste something very different that you probably have never tried before but may now become your new favourite dish!

For those with a sweet tooth our second standout highlight of any holiday in Sicily is the Modica Chocolate… The chocolate is based on an Aztec recipe where cacao seeds have been made into something much more edible. It has even been awarded an official seal as a traditional recognisable regional food product. Every December Modica celebrates its creation at the Choco Modica food festival. If you visit Sicily during this period you can sample the delicious chocolate with its grainy texture that makes it easily identifiable and even admire chocolate sculptures!


 
2. Visit Val di Noto (the Noto Valley) during your holiday in Sicily

Consisting of eight gorgeous Baroque cities, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of Modica, Ragusa, Scicli, Catania, Noto, Palazzolo, Caltagirone and Millitello Val di Catania. After the catastrophic earthquake in 1693 these towns were rebuilt in the beautiful baroque architectural style that you can see now. These spectacular cities are well worth a visit during your holiday in Sicily.





 
3. Discover Sicily’s Ancient Greek History

Sicily is both the largest region of the modern state of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, which made it very desirable as a strategic location for Mediterranean trade routes. The city of Syracuse was originally a Greek colony and Taormina’s Greek theatre must be one of Italy’s most impressive ancient sites. It sits proudly on the hill top overlooking the town below, surveying the sea with spectacular views of Mount Etna. You certainly won’t be short of historic treasures to explore during your holiday in Sicily. Agricento’s Valle Dei Templi (Valley of temples) is an enormouse archaeological site including Greek and Roman remains.



4. Mount Etna, Sicily’s most famous sight

Mount Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano! Towering above the city of Catania at 10,922 feet (3,329 metres), it has been alive for about 500,000 years and goes through series of eruptions regularly with the longest recorded history of eruptions. Although usually covered in snow, if you want an active Sicily holiday, you can hike and explore the 460 square miles which it covers and get a close up look at this incredible volcano. A quarter of Sicily’s population lives on the slopes of Mount Etna, as it acts as a great source of income due to all the tourism that passes through but also as the soil is being fertilised with extremely rich nutrients constantly by the falling ash it makes it very productive for farming and also contributes to its excellent vineyards, which brings us neatly to our final reason for recommending a holiday in Sicily


5. Sicily’s wine 

One of the highlights of any holiday in Italy is usually the local wine, and Sicily is no exception. One of our personal favourites is the Planeta Estate (La Foresteria) vineyard. Set on the shores of the beautiful landscape of Lake Arancio, Planeta is one of Sicily’s largest wine producers, producing two and a half million litres of wine per year. This winery produces all of Sicily’s Alastro (a fruity wine made of 100% grecanico grapes), Chardonnay and Cometa white wines as well as their new Nero d’Avola red wine. Do try this wine on your holiday in Sicily, it has sweet tannins and plum or peppery flavours and is named after Avola in the far south of Sicily. It is the most important red wine grape in Sicily and one of Italy’s most important indigenous varieties. Some of Sicily’s other wines which we recommend you to try are Planeta’s Passito di Noto (made from 100% Moscato Bianco grapes), Cerasuolo (the only D.O.C.G wine to be awarded in Sicily which comes from the Vittorio winery), Syrah (a red made from syrah grapes and kept in oak for 12 months) or the Burdese (a strong red with 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% cabernet franc grapes which is also kept in oak for 12 months and is one of the few wines which can be kept for up to 10 years). The knowledge that has been handed down through generations at this Sicilian winery is incredible. It’s a good idea to spend a day of your holiday in Sicily experiencing traditional wine tasting while learning about all the different Sicilian and Georgian grape varieties that have been used to produce Sicilian wine.


 

However you choose to spend your holiday in Sicily, our Travel Specialists will be happy to tailormake a holiday just to suit you. Give them a call on 01694 722193 or request a call back now.

REFINE YOUR SEARCH Reset search
Below are 20 of (35) results for you

Francesco Villa Le Palme

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Villa le Palme is a newly built and elegant property few steps from the sandy beach of Santa Maria del Focallo. Attention has been paid to the choice of furniture, interior and exterior lighting, details, colors. The property offers all the amenities: air conditioning, heating, fireplace, WI-FI access, a large car park. It's equipped with 3 bedroom

Unveil Stunning Sicily

Ragusa, In Italy

Delve into the beautiful town of Modica and sample the fascinating chilli chocolate..Explore the Planeta vineyards, Agrigento and Marsala.. take the famous walk up to Mount Etna...    View our itinerary to discover how you can do all this on your multi-centre trip.

from £1,317 pp

  • inc. Car Hire
  • 14 nights stay
  • inc. Flights
  • Staying in 4 Hotels

Borgo Degli Angeli

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Borgo Degli Angeli is a family friend, self-catering apartments with style in Partinico, Sicily. Stay in a wonderful little borgo with cobbled streets threading between honey-coloured stone terraces and pretty courtyards, where modern design meets traditional Sicilian. Borgo Degli Angeli is a unique and intriguing place to stay and was once part of

from £560 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in January
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Car hire
  • Based on 4 sharing

Cambiocavallo

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Cambiocavallo is an excellent traditional, with a contemporary twist, agritourism hotel in the Modica countryside, perfect for families and near the sea. Small, boutique agritourism hotel Cambiocavallo is in Sicily’s south-east corner, just 4km from the beach and about 14km from Modica, on the route connecting it to the sea. Centuries ag
15% off early booking

from £602 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in March
  • Including Flights
  • Including Car Hire
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis
15% off early booking

Monaci Delle Terre Nere

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Monaci Delle Terre Nere in Zafferana Etnea, Sicily is a lovely, romantic hotel with access to the beach. Deliciously designer. Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a “must visit” place. Monaci Delle Terre Nere is the most beautifully incongruous place we have discovered. You will be immediately struck by the stupendous location, seemingly on

from £692 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in January
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Car hire

Hotel Kalura

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Stunning location, right on the sea makes for spectacular views from the Hotel Kalura, a family friendly hotel in the resort of Cefalu, Sicily. Just beyond Cefalu (about 2km), in a stunning location, on a rocky promontory, right by the sea, is the family friendly Hotel Kalura. At Long Travel we feel that this spot is second to none in Cefalu. Its l
save up to £40pp WHEN BOOKED EARLY

from £565 ppwas £605 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in March
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Car hire
save up to £40pp WHEN BOOKED EARLY

Santa Anastasia

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Santa Anastasia is a unique agritourism hotel in the countryside of Cefalu in Sicily. In a magnificent setting, between sea & mountains sits this elegant hotel. A great hit with Long Travel guests, it is close to two beautiful towns & the views over vineyards is splendid. In a magnificent setting, between the pretty, coastal town of Ce
FREE NIGHT AVAILABLE

from £595 ppwas £652 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in March
  • Including Flights
  • Including Car Hire
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis
FREE NIGHT AVAILABLE

Torre Marabino

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Torre Marabino is an excellent, boutique agritourist hotel in Ispica in Sicily. The food here is superb. Set in the lovely south-east corner of Sicily, less than 10 minutes from Ispica and about 4km from the nearest beach, Torre Marabino is about half an hour from Modica, Noto and the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, and less than an hour’s

from £653 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in February
  • Including Flights
  • Including Car Hire
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Villa Del Lauro

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Villa Del Lauro is a unique boutique hotel in Ragusa Superiore. An amazing find! Boutique designer B&B, slap-bang in the middle of a famous Baroque town, with a glorious pool and garden.   Ragusa, in Sicily’s famous Baroque south-east corner, is less than half an hour from Comiso airport and only one and a half hours from Catani

from £649 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in February
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Villa Sonia

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Villa Sonia is the most perfect romantic hotel, nestled in Castelmola di Taormina in Sicily, it has the best views of might Mount Etna. Who needs a sea-view, when you can have a volcano! The Villa Sonia is magical. Within a few hundred metres of Castemola’s main square, is the very special Villa Sonia. In our opinion, it is absolutely un

from £717 ppwas £802 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in April
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

La Foresteria

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

La Foresteria a truly amazing countryside hotel in Menfi, Sicily, near the sea with fantastic food & wine. Enjoy gracious comfort with a full-on gourmet experience. La Foresteria is country living in style. Surrounded by vineyards and in a perfectly chosen elevated spot, La Foresteria can be seen from far off, and its peachy-pink walls have a w
save up to £140pp WHEN BOOKED EARLY

from £770 ppwas £910 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in March
  • Including Flights
  • Including Car Hire
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis
save up to £140pp WHEN BOOKED EARLY

Parco Cavalonga

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Parco Cavalonga, is a superb family hotel with self-catering apartments in Ragusa, Sicily. It's an ideal agritourism escape. Secluded, modern boutique hotel with two great pools. Parco Cavalonga is set  in beautiful countryside, in a secret corner of Sicily. In an undiscovered corner of Sicily and hidden in a unique landscape of rolling fields

from £667 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in March
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Car hire

Parco Cavalonga Borgo

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Parco Cavalonga, is a superb family hotel with self-catering apartments in Ragusa, Sicily. It's an ideal agritourism escape. Secluded, modern boutique hotel with two great pools. Parco Cavalonga is set in beautiful countryside, in a secret corner of Sicily. In an undiscovered corner of Sicily and hidden in a unique landscape of rolling fields of an

from £746 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in March
  • Including Flights
  • Including Car Hire
  • Self-Catering Basis
  • Based on 6 People Sharing

Casa Turchetti

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Casa Turchetti is a characterful and authentic, family friendly hotel in Taormina, Sicily. In a historic house with stylish luxury, a romantic terrace which seems to overlook all of Sicily. Casa Turchetti is a small and exclusive hotel, as boutique as they come. In the heart of Taormina, just off the main “Corso Umberto”, Casa Turchetti

from £845 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in March
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Francesco Villa Verde

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Francesco Villa Verde is a lovely self-catering villa near the blue flag beaches of Pozzallo in Sicily. Near Santa Maria del Foccallo and only about 300m back from the coast road and the beach, in a residential area, Francesco Villa Verde sits in its own grounds and pretty walled garden. A flat, gentle stroll brings you to the coast road. Cross thi

from £445 ppwas £536 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in January
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Car hire
  • Based on 6 sharing

Baglio Donna Franca

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Baglio Donna Franca is a boutique hotel, nestled in Marsala, Sicily, and boasts fantastic food. A small agritourist country hotel in an utterly authentic Sicilian baglio, set in vineyards. Near Marsala and only about 15 minutes from Trapani airport, Agritourist hotel Baglio Donna Franca is a perfect stop for any itinerary. Truly an undiscovered par

from £498 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in March
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Transfers/car hire

Casa Talia

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Boutique Casa Talia offers quirk and character in the baroque town of Modica, Sicily. Casa Talia is a hotel with a difference. When the owners of Casa Talia left the hurly-burly of Milan, to discover a slower pace of life and a better place to live, they chose Modica and we understand why. It is a fantastic Baroque town, which spreads up two s

from £764 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in May
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Car hire

Donna Carmela

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Donna Carmela is nestled in the countryside of Carruba Di Riposto in Sicily. A boutique hotel with unique character, incredible views of Etna & the sea and great food & wine. Long Travel clients love Donna Carmela’s warm welcome and the chic individual style. Only about 30km from Taormina, 40km from Catania airport and 10 minutes
FREE NIGHT AVAILABLE IN SUMMER MONTHS

from £705 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in January
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Car hire
FREE NIGHT AVAILABLE IN SUMMER MONTHS

Francesco Gialla

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

A few steps across the Marzamemi and Pozzallo coast road, with its blue flag beaches, leads Francesco Villa Gialla guests to a lovely sandy beach, in fact you can see the villa from the beach it is so close. Near Santa Maria del Foccallo and only about 30m back from the coast road, Francesco Villa Gialla is hidden behind high gates and walls. Just

from £779 ppwas £541 pp

  • Based on 7 nts in January
  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Car hire
  • Based on 6 sharing

Francesco Villa Fennicottero

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Francesco Villa Fennicottero is a beautiful family villa near the seaside, with a stunning view, a swimming pool and a large garden. Francesco Villa Fenicottero is an old farmhouse situated in a splendid panoramic position overlooking the famous reserve Pantani Longarini in Sicily, where every year you can witness the migration of various species o

YOU ARE FOUR SIMPLE STEPS FROM YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY

1. Find Inspiration

2. Contact our Specialists

3. Tailormade Quotes

4. Sit Back & Relax

Signup
to our latest offers

Your privacy is important to us. You can view our Privacy Policy here.
Enquire Now
Simply fill out the below, and our Travel Specialist will be be in touch to talk to you further about your individual holiday requirements. Or, call our friendly team on 01694 722193 to start your holiday plans.