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.

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La Moresca

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Located in the heart of Eastern Sicily, a few metres away from the amazing Marina Di Ragusa beach, lies the charming La Moresca Maison De Charme. A historic beauty dating back to the 19th century combining ancient and modern Italy with unique intricate designs. Awaken with sweet scents of bougainvillea, flourishing jasmine and coffee lingering in

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Unveil Stunning Sicily

Ragusa, In Italy

There is so much to explore on the beautiful island of Sicily and this wonderful self-drive holiday, staying in some of our favourite hotels allows you to do it all in one fun-packed holiday. You can delve into the charming town of Modica and sample the fascinating chilli chocolate. Explore the beautiful countryside with its national parks and vis

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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Grand Hotel Ortigia

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Commanding the sea-front of fabulous Siracusa, Grand Hotel Ortigia is a superb, family friendly hotel in Sicily, and offers the perfect base for exploring with excellent food. At Long Travel we love Ortygia’s narrow streets, lined with oleander, pretty baroque balconies, tempting glimpses of blue sea and fabulous shops and bars. Capitalising
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Grand Hotel Miramare

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Grand Hotel Miramare is an excellent family friendly hotel in Taormina, ideal for exploring the sites of Sicily. From the outside, the elegant Grand Hotel Miramare is unassuming, giving no idea of the breath-taking and spectacular views, it enjoys. Perched, dramatically, seemingly on the edge of the world, Grand Hotel Miramare’s complete glas

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Hotel Metropole

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Cocooned in luxury, in the heart of Taormina, Hotel Metropole is a luxury hotel boasting charm and boutique character. Hotel Metropole feels Sicilian, ancient and contemporary, all at the same time. Taormina is certainly one of Italy’s most famous and stylish resorts. The luxurious and glamorous Hotel Metropole is in the middle of it all. Ste

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Hotel Monte Tauro

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Hotel Monte Tauro is a luxury hotel in Taormina in Sicily, boasting unique character and charm. Contemporary & quality with stupendous uninterrupted sea views Monte Tauro is most impressive. We love Monte Tauro’s incredible building, the amazing views & the fabulous breakfast. Ingeniously, built into the cliff face, and with unin

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Hotel Porta Felice

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Hotel Porta Felice is a very unique, boutique yet romantic hotel in Palermo, Sicily. Contemporary design with real style. In one of the oldest parts of Palermo and close to the sea-front promenade and marina, Hotel Porta Felice is about a ten-minute walk from the Quattro Canti and within easy walking distance of some important palazzi, places of in
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Hotel Rocce Azzurre

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Hotel Rocce Azzurre is popular with couples on their honeymoon. This romantic hotel offers a unique and characterful stay in Lipari, right on the Aeolian Island sea. Hotel Rocce Azzurre is a family-owned hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Lipari on the Aeolian Island. Down a quiet, typical, narrow street, Hotel Rocce Azzu

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