If you haven’t been to Sicily, you haven’t experienced Italy. This commonly held belief among proud locals and those vacationers, tourists and backpackers who are lucky enough to include this magical island on their Italian holiday itinerary will agree. With wide swaths of green and tan Mediterranean landscape including pastoral goat farms, craggy cliffs and endless olive trees, plus a fiery local culture full of authentic dance and music and ways of life that seem to be lifted directly from a centuries-old fairytale book, Sicily typifies the charm and fragrance of rural, southern Italy at its best. The Sicilian coastline is also one of the most incredible stretches of land, with endless golden sand beaches running up against dramatic cliff sides, whites and golden colors that contrast beautifully the emerald green countryside and the deep blue sea. Occasionally a white-walled fishing village will crop up along the coastline, clinging to the rocky peninsula it was built on, and a harbor filled with the makeshift yachts of local fishermen will charm you with its rich, photogenic air. Holidays in Andalusia or a holiday home Costa Blanca at the shore couldn't be any more charming than this beautiful spot in Italy. So dip into the Italian way of life and purchase some fish from one of the fishermen to grill up in your self catering holiday rental Sicily for a truly memorable Italian meal. Hire a local on the coast of Messina to ferry you out to the gemlike string of islands due north in the Tyrrhenian Sea, or make your way inland.
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There are a wealth of amazing things to do and see in Sicily, and plenty of fine holiday rentals Sicily to stay. Naturally, a great place to start out is Palermo, the region that is also home to Sicily’s capital city of Palermo. The Duomo di San Cataldo is an incredible testament to the Norman conquest of Sicily, and is located in the endearing Piazza Bellini. Open-air restaurants here provide a perfect opportunity for you to delve into exquisitely-prepared seafood, the crowning jewel of Sicilian cuisine. As you wash it down with a white wine or refreshing local liqueur, look around and watch the locals, how they dress, the animated way in which the speak to one another and often break into song spontaneously. Undoubtedly, you’ll be approached by a local who will want to talk. After a few nights in one of the historic holiday villas Sicily, you'll understand exactly why the locals are so proud to live in this fascinating city. Be sure, of course, to get out of Palermo – Sicily’s most intense charm lies in the countryside. The regions of Ragusa, Catania, Agrigento, Trapani, Caltanissetta and Syracuse should all be thoroughly explored while spending your holidays in holiday rentals Sicily. Accommodation abounds, as a wealth of Sicily holiday homes, luxury villas Sicily as well as holiday rentals Sicily perched on the breathtaking Sicilian coast are available, although it’s wise to book ahead.