Sicily Holidays

Discover a rich history, incredible scenery and some of Italy's best food and wine on a Sicily holiday

Everything from the food to the architecture in Sicily is a cultural mash. Thanks to its outpost off the south-west coast of Italy, it's had a near-continuous ebb and flow of settlers – from North Africans and Romans to Ancient Greeks and Normans. It's a fascinating island to explore, every time we go back there's something new to discover. Head down the backstreets in the towns, visit the coast and drive inland to hilltop baroque towns and vineyards.

What to see on a Sicily holiday

Fans of classical history can walk through the Valley of the Temples or admire the pristine Greco-Roman amphitheatre above Taormina. Meanwhile, the beautiful south east boasts baroque towns that cling to cliffs and Syracuse, which is home to Ortygia – the Ancient Greek city centre. The Aeolian Islands are one for the bucket list. You can visit them all thanks to the frequent ferries and you'll feel like you've found your own private get-away.

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Why book a holiday in Sicily with Inghams?

There's so many unmissable sights in Sicily and we can help you create your perfect holiday itinerary. Our hotels are in the island's best resorts and if you can't decide where to choose, call us to put together a multi-centre itinerary. We can make sure your stay in Sicily is exactly what you're dreaming of and your holiday is always in safe hands with Inghams.

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Aeolian Islands

This unique volcanic archipelago of seven islands sits just off the north east coast of Sicily and offers breathtaking scenery, plenty of activities and a place to get away from the crowds.

  • from£659pp
Cefalu

This captivating town has a rich history, vibrant atmosphere and one of Sicily’s finest beaches. Postcard-worthy streets wind past little restaurants, bakeries and pretty churches. Cefalù’s masterpiece is its Duomo, which proudly sits in the town’s highest piazza.

  • from£530pp
Ancient Greek Amphitheatre, Taormina

Taormina cascades down Sicily’s eastern coast and is the island’s most popular summer destination. Corso Umberto runs through its centre, lined with lively restaurants and boutique stores; the ancient Greek Amphitheatre has fantastic views over the bay and Mount Etna; and Isola Bella offers picture-perfect scenes of the Mediterranean.

  • from£528pp
Ortygia Old Town in Syracuse

Syracuse is Sicily's most picturesque city thanks to the stunning baroque architecture in the old town of Ortygia. It sits on the coast of the South East of the island so you'll be well placed to explore the UNESCO protected towns of Ragusa and Noto, too.

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Agrigento, Valley of the Temples

Take a step into the past on the island of Western Sicily. Fill your days with Greek Temples, seaside towns and fresh Sicilian produce.

Things to see and do

Every time we visit Sicily, we discover more things to see and do. As the island's so large we recommend hiring a car to really make the most of your holiday. Although you can book excursions locally if you'd rather not drive. Here's some of our top things to see in Sicily:

  • Valley of the Temples: One of the most famous historical sites in Sicily, the Valley of the Temples showcase ancient Greek architecture with a series of well-preserved temples and monuments.
  • Mount Etna: It dominates the skyline of Eastern Sicily and often puts on displays of lava, which you can see from Taormina. Get up close on a guided excursion where you can ascend to the summit and be rewarded with stunning views of the coastline.
  • Aeolian Islands: A visit to the Aeolian Islands is a must-do. These seven islands feel a world away from Sicily, yet can be reached in under an hour by ferry. Head to Vulcano for the therapeutic mud baths, Lipari for the bustling harbour and seafood restaurants or Salina for the green mountain landscapes.
  • Taormina: It's Sicily's most popular resort for good reason. The views are amazing and the history throughout the town makes exploring a dream. Don't miss the Greco-Roman amphitheatre.
  • Cefalu: The town's known for its nice beach but we love the history here. The streets are mostly pedestrianised and it's small enough to walk around in a day.
  • Palermo: It's one of Sicily's largest cities - visit for its history and fresh food in the daily markets.
  • Syracuse: We can't believe Syracuse isn't on more people's radar. The old town of Ortigia is one of the prettiest we've seen with cobbled streets, baroque buildings and a coastal path round the old walls. 
  • Noto: Noto's a stunning Baroque World Heritage City in South East Sicily. If you're in the area in the third week of May then don't miss the Infiorata Festival, when the streets will be covered in millions of flowers!

Food & drink

Sicilian cuisine is some of the best in Italy and it’s definitely the most diverse. Throughout the year there's festivals for almost every food you can think of – Sicilians take their cuisine very seriously!

Olives and olive oil are produced here with lots of varieties and pistachios are grown in the foothills of Mount Etna. You can normally find them sprinkled on top of canoli, a sweet, ricotta filled desert. The island's known for its street food – try arancini (rice-filled balls), scaccia (a type of sandwich) and calia (roasted, salted chickpeas). Head to a market like the daily one in Ortygia for the most authentic flavours. Some of the island's traditional dishes include caponata, pasta alla norma and pasta with sardines. You’ll need at least a week here to try them all.

We can’t visit Sicily without having a glass of Malvasia wine. Head straight to the source and stop at Capofaro Resort in Salina for a delicious lunch with a glass of red and sea views. The slopes of Mount Etna create the perfect conditions to grow grapes. Try Passopisciaro, Donnafugata, Gulfi for some notable labels.

Currency: Euro

Fly into: Catania or Palermo

Fly from: Bristol, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester

Flight time: approx. 3 hours

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